January 22, 2013
January 22, 2013
New Jamba Kids Meal
By: Eric Cohen
I admit I’m guilty of hitting the fast food drive through for the kids, usually it’s a quick dinner or snack. I know the nutrition is not the best, but the convenience is sooooo, well, convenient.
That’s why I’m pretty stoked for Jamba Juice’s new kids meals. While they aren’t home cooking, they are guilt free. Here’s why; the kids size smoothies have whole fruit and real fruit juice. The “Berry Beet It” even sneaks in beets, broccoli, spinach, kale, lettuce. I tried it and couldn’t taste the veggies.
The Pizza Swirl delivers whole wheat flour, turkey breast, tomato sauce and more. There’s sugar in the ingredient list but it’s way down at the bottom after soy protein, non-fat sour cream and other ingredients. The Pizza Swirl is the yummy protein delivery system for the kids.
And the Cheesy Stuffed Pretzel is another source of protein and a delicious treat in one. A blend of whole wheat flour, enriched flour, mozzarella blend cheese, ricotta cheese, brown sugar, butter, soy flour, salt, and yeast.
So each kids meal, with a smoothie and either a Pizza Swirl or Pretzel is under 500 calories. Liz Ward, a registered dietitian, mother of three, and member of the Healthy Living Council said she “felt the new kids meals fill a big need within the quick-service segment since the new smoothies have no added sugar and each new food item contains whole grain and 13 grams of protein.”
Next time I’m out with the kids and we want a snack, or even an easy meal, I’m going to skip the guilt trip and head for Jamba Juice.
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