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The general mantra each new year is out with the bad, in with the good, applicable to all areas of life. For most, though, resolutions center around the diet and cutting all waist-augmenting fare.
Jamba Juice aims to help by offering two new "Enlightened Smoothie" flavors to its roster of diet busters. While a typical Jamba smoothie might add 395 to 425 calories to your intake, 16 ounces of the new Matcha Green Tea Mist contains 190 calories and no fat, and Passion Berry Breeze has 160 calories and no fat. (Nutritional info is provided in binders at any Jamba site.)
The green tea concoction starts with soy milk and an "enlightened" dairy base of nonfat milk, whey protein and Splenda. This is whirled with Matcha green tea and sorbet. The berry smoothie mixes passionfruit-mango juice and the dairy base, along with mangoes, strawberries and peaches for a dose of vitamins C and A and calcium. Neither are as sweet as the high-calorie drinks, but no one said keeping resolutions is easy!
Jamba Juice is also trying to get your year off to a good start by offering chances to win spa or golf getaways worth $400, with one winner each on Oahu, the Big Island, Maui and Kauai. Visit www.jambahawaii.com by Jan. 20 to enter.
Story and photo by Nadine Kam
Gary sez ...
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