I’m sorry, trusty blender, but you’re not the only one. Personal trainers like to ditch their kitchen on occasion and grab a pre-made shake just like the rest of us.
However, trainers look the way they do for a reason—they’re eating all the right stuff and putting in the legwork (literally). Taut tummies and toned legs don’t just magically appear overnight. Though they may look superhuman to some, they frequent the same grab-and-go joints as the rest of us—Jamba Juice included.
If you ask any trainer or nutritionist, chances are they’ll recommend an at-home blended smoothie over any pre-made shakes ten times out of ten, but here’s what the pros order when they do step foot in one of the nation’s most popular smoothie shops.
Peanut Butter Moo’d Smoothie
“I don't think I would try too hard to find a healthy option and just enjoy a dessert smoothie, since many of their ingredients are more indulgent. I’d choose the Peanut Butter Moo'd smoothie. At least it's a good protein source (peanut butter) and made with yogurt rather than milk.” — Debora Warner, Founder and President of Mile High Run Club
Carrot Orange Fusion Smoothie
“I would go with any of the whole food smoothies. I avoid labels such as ‘low fat’ or ‘reduced sugar’. If the fruits and veggies are organic and whole—meaning not processed—sugar is ok. Why cut out the fun?” — Latoya Julce, Trainer and 305 Fitness Instructor
Kale-ribbean Breeze Smoothie
“In general, I’m a huge advocate of eating the whole fruit rather than pulverizing it in a blender. Remember, digestion and nutrient absorption begins in your mouth with the simple act of chewing your food. But, if you’re on the go, a smoothie, packed with vitamins and fiber, is an easy supplement when you need a quick energy boost. A good choice at Jamba Juice is one of their ‘whole food nutrition smoothies’. The Kale-ribbean Breeze combines vitamin A- and C-dense, cancer-fighting mangos, chia seeds (which are loaded with antioxidants and fiber for sustainable energy,) nonfat Greek yogurt (for vitamin D and protein) and a full cup of kale – one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet.” — Jimmy Minardi, former pro-cyclist, Founder of Minardi Training in East Hampton, NYC and Aspen
Orange Carrot Karma Smoothie
“I enjoy the Orange Carrot Karma Smoothie. It's made from real fruit, is lower in sugar than most smoothies, offers a punch of Vitamin A and C, and tastes fantastic! You can add a serving of Greek yogurt to boost your protein intake and add smoothness.” — Sean Wells, Owner of Naples Personal Training