As a dietitian by day, I love finding new healthy spots in the Triangle. Being the foodie that I am, I love going out to eat. So it’s always exciting to find somewhere that I can go that will satisfy both the dietitian and the foodie in me. That’s why I was so excited to hear that owners Liz and Eric had recently opened a Jamba Juice in Durham. I had heard of Jamba Juice, but never tried it, as the closest one to the Triangle is in Charlotte. Liz and Eric have been employees at Jamba Juice since they were in high school in Utah. After working there for years, they eventually became managers and even opened their own store in Utah, before deciding to bring Jamba Juice to the Triangle. They love working at Jamba Juice because the mission of the company is to inspire and simplify healthy living, which is something I’m definitely all for.
The new store, which opened in early January, is located on 9th Street in Durham, which is an area I was unfamiliar with, but seems to be very up and coming with new apartment buildings and plenty of other restaurants in the area. Jamba Juice itself is actually located at the bottom of one of these new apartment buildings in a small but colorful shop. When you walk in you’re hit with bright colors, which just makes you want to take in all of the fresh fruits and vegetables that you can. Eric gave me a little tour of the menu, which is actually quite extensive. The majority of the menu is made up of smoothies, starting with the classics, which tend to be a little more indulgent. They also have a section for all fruit smoothies, as well as fruit and veggies smoothies to chose from. Finally, they have a specialties section, which tend to be the best sellers. In addition to smoothies they also serve a variety of fresh pressed juices, healthy shots, and energy bowls.
When I went to Jamba Juice I was feeling a little hungry, so I knew I wanted more than just a juice. I decided to try an energy bowl, and went with the Island Pitaya Bowl ($7.19). This bowl had a pineapple, mango, pitaya (dragon fruit) smoothie base, and was topped with strawberries, blueberries, banana, granola, and coconut. I was actually extremely surprised at how flavorful the bowl was. The base was just sweet enough and I loved the nice crunch that the granola added. The bowl itself was actually quite filling as well. I was definitely impressed.
I also decided to grab a fresh pressed juice while I was there. I went with the Veggie Vitality juice ($5.19), which contains carrots, apples, spinach, kale, and chia seeds. I loved that I could watch Eric make the juice fresh right in front of me. I personally loved the juice, which was not overwhelmingly sweet. It definitely tasted like vegetables, but being a veggie lover I didn’t mind at all. While it was strong in veggie taste, the apple juice gave it that little bit of sweetness that it needed.
Overall I was really impressed with my items from Jamba Juice. I know there are a lot of smoothie places in the Triangle, but it is nice to go somewhere that I know is making my food with fresh fruits and vegetables, and not with a weird powder mix. If you’re in the Durham area and looking for a healthy fix, make sure to check out the new Jamba Juice on 9th and try some of the fresh goodness they have to offer.
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Melissa Guido is currently a dietetic intern in the Triangle area. She studied nutrition at NC State and Meredith College. Her favorite part about nutrition is showing people that healthy food can be exciting and delicious. Melissa loves traveling and learning about how food fits into different cultures. In her free time she loves trying new restaurants, cooking, and obsessing over her dogs. Follow her on Instagram @made2order and at www.madeorder.wordpress.com.