A while ago, I asked Mike Roussell to do an “investigative report” on juice bars.
I haven’t run it yet, but here are some tidbits from his article:
Due to the nature of commercial juice bars you should only consider them during the post workout window.
These places love sugar and when the drinks don’t contain sugar they are full of more artificial ingredients than Michael Jackson.
Here are some general guidelines to make your smoothie experience nutritious without sending you to the diabetic ward.
Avoid the Unlabeled Gelatinous Juices-- You can only guarantee that one thing is in these liquids - sugar and mystery fat. Insist on only water, yogurt, or real fruit juice being added to your smoothie.
Up the Fruit – In lieu of the mystery juice see if you can convince the person making your smoothie to add more real fruit to you drink.
More Protein – Protein is lacking from 90% of the drinks commercial places make. Don’t settle for a “booster”. 8 grams isn’t enough. Make sure your shake has at least 25 grams of protein in it.
This might mean you pay a little extra but it will be worth it. Having your shake made with a yogurt base is another way to sneak in more protein.
- Don’t by into the Hype – Be very skeptical about fat burning and immune system boosting claims that are being made.
These add-ons are usually included in dosages too low to be effective. If you are going to pay extra to add an herb or vitamin make sure it is enough to make a difference.
–Hope that helps,