Green Tea Smoothies: Starbucks and Jamba Juice
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Green Tea Smoothies: Starbucks and Jamba Juice

Think your daily green tea smoothie is giving you a healthy dose of antioxidants? It just may be -- along with a healthy does of fat and calories. Hungry Girl compares the Green Tea Smoothies from Jamba Juice and Starbucks.

Bite It: Jamba Juice Matcha Green Tea Mist

Don't let the peculiar color (alien green!) fool you; this slightly lumpy yet insanely delicious treat from our friends at Jamba Juice tastes like a creamy green tea milkshake. The Matcha Green Tea Mist is an enlightened spin on their higher-calorie Green Tea Blast, but there's not a chance you'll miss the extra calories and fat grams. Made with sorbet, lower-calorie dairy base, ice, soymilk, and matcha green tea, it is the perfect velvety balance of icy and creamy. The best-tasting of all of Jamba Juice's Enlightened Smoothies, "The Mist" (our little pet name for it) tastes like a decadent dessert. And with only 190 calories and no fat, feel free to indulge on a regular basis. Wheeeee!

HG HEADS UP! This item has been removed from the regular menu and is now a "special order" drink. Just ask for it and they'll make it...

Serving Size: 16 oz.
Calories: 190
Fat: 0g
Sodium: 180mg
Carbs: 40g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 36g
Protein: 6g

*4 Points!

Fight It: Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino

Well, we give Starbucks credit for trying. They've shown a definite effort to make some better-for-you frozen concoctions of late (good work on the Tangerine Frappuccino Juice Blend, guys!). But this green tea catastrophe doesn't quite cut it. Aside from the fact that it contains more than twice the calories of Jamba's version, it doesn't even taste as good. While Jamba offers a creamy dessert-like smoothie, Starbucks' frap tastes more like flavored milk. And if you slip up and say yes to the whipped cream they offer (oops!), the nutritionals climb to an astonishing button-popping 550 calories and 15 grams of fat! Skip it...don't sip it.

Serving Size: 16 oz. (without whipped cream)
Calories: 420
Fat: 2.5g
Sodium: 310mg
Carbs: 86g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 74g
Protein: 12g

*8 Points!


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