Friday, July 15, 2016

Delicious at home smoothies with Jamba

Delicious, Ready-to-Blend Smoothie Kit Offers a Full Serving of Fruit,
Eight Grams of Protein and Just 110 Calories per Glass*

Consumers making healthy smoothies and smoothie bowls at home can rejoice as leading specialty food marketer and manufacturer, Inventure Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNAK), advances its licensed Jamba® “At Home” line of ready-to-blend smoothie kits today with two new nutrient-rich varieties arriving in grocery, club and mass merchandise stores nationwide this month.

Pomegranate Pick-Me-Up and Berry Awesome Acai feature a blend of premium berries, fat-free Greek yogurt and ancient grains, including oat bran, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, millet and chia seeds. The unique recipes are as delicious as they are functional, offering healthy, on-the-go consumers a meal replacement snack that can be prepared in 90 seconds or less.

Each package provides two, eight-ounce servings when prepared as directed. Suggested retail price ranges from $3.99 - $4.99 per bag.

“Plenty of research exists today that suggests a direct benefit to increased protein intake and its impact on health, and consumers clearly have interest as evidenced by the number of new protein-enhanced snacks on the market,” said Dan Hammer, senior vice president and general manager of frozen division at Inventure Foods, Inc. “However, we found that while some snacks delivered on nutrient levels, many fell well short on taste. Our Jamba Protein Smoothies offer a rare combination of taste, nutritional value and convenience at once, and we’re confident that healthy eaters will appreciate our effort to ensure that they don’t have to sacrifice taste to get great nutrition in a frozen smoothie.”

Pomegranate features a blend of blueberries, strawberries and pomegranate flavored non-fat Greek yogurt cubes. Acai Berry offers a delicious blend of blueberries, dark sweet cherries and acai flavored non-fat Greek yogurt cubes. 

Each eight-ounce package contains frozen fruit and yogurt cubes that, when blended with one cup of apple juice, make two, eight-ounce servings. The gluten-free smoothies contain only 110 calories per serving and provide a full-serving of vitamin C.

In the eight years since its licensed partnership with Jamba Juice first began, Inventure Foods has introduced a number of legendary Jamba recipes as ready-to-blend smoothie kits found in the frozen fruit aisle of the store. The list includes best-selling varieties such as Strawberries Wild, RazzmatazzCaribbean PassionOrange Dream Machine and Mango-a-go-go.

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My Thoughts

These smoothies from Jamba were easy and delicious. The first batch I made, I used my regular blender and shared a smoothie with my husband. My next batch, I made half the bag in a single serving blender and just put the recipe in half.

These were tasty and like going by the smoothie shop to get one. I liked that these used Greek yogurt to add some protein. I found it to be filling and held me over for a good bit before I needed a snack.

I didn't find them watery at all. The texture was thick, but I was able to drink it with or without a straw. It wasn't overly sugary tasting, and instead tasted like the fruit that was in the bag. You'll want to make sure you're using a good blender that can shop through the frozen fruit and not leave it chunky.

I used juice to make mine as directed. As flavorful as it was, if you were watching calories, you could probably do half juice and half water and not miss out on the delicious flavor of these smoothies. 

I liked how convenient it was to make this. Having everything in the bag then just popping into the blender, saved time from having to chop up fresh fruit. I would use these again and will be looking for them in my grocery store freezer aisle.