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Best Smoothie in SAN DIEGO, NO JAMBA JUICE please!

Hello, I am looking to find the best HEALTHY, LOW CARB, etc. smoothie in san diego. I hate to keep bringing up seattle, but there is a franchise called emerald city smoothie there, that has exactly what i am looking for. It is all health food, high protein, low carb, really good. I am going to hawaii in 2 weeks adn need to drop a quick 5 pounds. I live along the 56 corridor between PQ and Carmel valley.

Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!

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  1. Just curious, but what do you have against Jamba Juice?

    There is a Robeks (http://www.robeks.com/) in Poway, but that may be too far for you. It's set up kind of like Jamba Juice - smoothie combination + powder boost - but I'm starting to prefer it to Jamba juice because of the flavors.

    Other than that, I'm not familiar with other smoothie franchises. You could always just make one at home with some frozen fruit, yogurt, juice, and protein powder.

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    1. re: leanneabe

      Can't speak for the OP, but I think Jamba Juice is horrible (at least from a healthfulness perspective). It's presented as healthy, but their smoothies are total sugar bombs. The worst aspect of their operation is how many juices from concentrate they use. A very small percentage of their menu is fresh.

      Robeks is marginally better, but if you check the nutrition information you'll see that they too serve very caloric beverages.

      1. re: Josh

        So, Josh, you have a better recommendation?

        1. re: DiningDiva

          I don't know that area of town, but I share the OPs sense of frustration at how few places offer what he's looking for. My own experience with trying to find healthfully prepared smoothies is that most places use ingredients with too much sugar.

          My suggestion would be that the OP make their own. That's what I wound up doing. You can control what goes in, and make it to your liking. Henry's sells a decent soy protein powder that isn't too bad. I make mine with that, a frozen banana, some unsweetened cocoa powder, soymilk, and frozen blueberries. Winds up being around 200 calories or so.

    2. Personally, I think Jamba Juice is a nice treat, but another smoothie place I like, in a totally different style, is Senor Mango on 30th a block or so south of Adams. It's next door to Leon Produce. I beleive that, basically, the smoothies are just blended fruit with sugar added. They'll add less or no sugar if you ask them. Delicious, super-natural stuff.

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      1. re: jayporter

        There's another good one in that vein on University in Hillcrest called Tropicalia (I believe).

      2. Make your own smoothie with uniquely "endorphin" producing fruits (carbs?)which was presented in a course called "Stop Gaining Weight" realizing that much over-eating is emotional over eating with a craving for sweet and/or fat:

        In blender - several chunks of frozen mango, one/half banana, fill with pineapple juice and water and one teaspoon canola oil - blend and keep on hand when the munchie craving gets too high.

        Never knew this before but a dollop of oil in a smoothie is what makes it "smooth" and why it also gets more mouth appeal and satisfaction. This is version of a smoothie you can control for content.

        1. I'm sorry but i think jamba is terrible. too much sugar as one poster put it. it is worse than a 2 liter of coke.

          anyone ever try planet smoothie in PB? or there is a place by bristol farms in UTC also. I might just have to drive and check them out and report back! a little detective work.

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          1. re: long_ballers

            I don't know if this is the sam PB smoothie place mentioned above, but there is a great place in Pacific Plaza on Garnet that has good all-fruit smoothies that I used to enjoy when I worked in the area. It's right near Charlie's Best Bread.

          2. We make smoothies all the time, and I agree that most places put way too much sugar in their concoctions. That being said, I think you'd be better off trying a vegetarian or more "natural" food location - like The Mission or Picasso Naturals - for a less sugar-loaded smoothie.

            1. where is the mission and picasso at?

              1. There are three Mission locations:
                3795 Mission Boulevard in Mission Beach, 2801 University Ave in North Park, and 1250 J Street in East Village. Cafe Picasso is at 7420 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Ste 115 (in the same mini mall as Rubio's, just east of Ruffner. They also make a delicious tuna salad with dill!

                1. Fruitlandia on University Ave. in City Heights is great--they just use fruit and you can choose whatever kind you like.
                  They do put sugar in, but you can ask them not to.

                  They also have excellent ceviche, and fruit salads as well.

                  1. i may my own every morning. banana, yogurt, mixed berries and some milk...not exactly low carb but it takes just minutes and does not cost a bundle. I get the large bag of berries from Costco..rasberries, blueberries and marionberries...$10 and it lasts a while. you could mix them with non fat milk and yogurt and some ice.

                    1. The deli area at Jimbo's grocery store in Carmel Valley makes great smoothies. Jimbo's is in the Del Mar Highlands shopping area near Barnes & Noble, in the area below Ralph's and the movie theater. You can jump off the 56 at El Camino Real, go north on El Camino Real until you see El Pollo Loco. Turn right at El Pollo Loco, and Jimbo's is straight ahead. Another Jimbo's opened up in 4S Ranch recently, and although I haven't been there, that one might be closer to you, depending on where exactly you live between PQ and Carmel Valley. Their website is www.jimbos.com.

                      Another good place for smoothies, although it's a little more out of your way, is Swami's Cafe on Rte 101 in Encinitas, right across from Swami's park.

                      That said, I agree the best way to make them is at home...we make them at our house every morning generally with 1/2 apple, 1/2 orange, banana, 6-10 strawberries (Chino's are the best), about a tablespoon or more of flax seeds, a cup or a little less of vanilla yogurt and 8 ice cubes or so, to split among three of us. Sometimes, my daughter likes me to add a tablespoon of honey, but I think the vanilla yogurt makes it sweet enough.

                      I also sometimes make a lunchtime shake with Henry's chocolate whey protein powder, a cup of nonfat milk, and a glob of peanut butter. It's a fairly low-cal and very low in sugar.

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                      1. re: susan3733

                        kind of hard for me to have any America smoothie, after getting spoiled by the fresh fruit stands in Rio.