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Nov 6, 2006 04:10 PM

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 ( 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.