Is that a tasty beverage…or a meal replacement?

cc Bert K

I was killing time yesterday waiting to pick up the girls from school when a hunger pang hit. With a few more errands to run before we got home I decided to get a snack…

There was Jamba Juice right across the parking lot. Mmmmm… A Chocolate Moo’d would taste so good. How bad can it be (for me)? I’ll get it with a protein boost. That will slow down my body’s metabolism of the carbs in it. Yeah. It’ll smooth out the smoothie in my blood stream. Yeah. It’s different from a big cup of juice, which is like drinking syrup. Yeah. I’ll share it with the girls. Split three ways it won’t be so much food. Yeah. It’s hot today a cool, smooth drink will be so nice and refreshing. Yeah.

I was playing Let’s Make a Deal with myself and decided to go for it. Into Jamba I went and got a Chocolate Moo’d with a protein boost. I got the original 22oz. size, after all three of us would be drinking it.

Mmmmm… It was cool… It was creamy…

It was 570 calories! It had 116 grams of carbohydrates! Even though it didn’t have juice in it (no fructose) it did have a yogurt base (lactose). Split three ways it was still way more than a snack. It was practically a meal in itself. Yikes!

Only after receiving my order did I look at the nutritional info. Once I did the math (~200 calories and ~39 grams of carb each) I stopped drinking. I hadn’t gotten through my third of the smoothie, but I had had “enough.”