We plot to make ourselves egg-white omelets and fresh squeezed OJ every day, but the truth is, there are a lot of mornings when we rush out the door and without setting foot in our kitchens. But the breakfasts we grab on the go can be very scary: Sweet breakfast treats and coffee loaded with sugar and fat are not the way to start the day, even if they give us a rush for our first hour of work. Here’s a breakdown of one of Jamba Juice’s “new spin” on breakfast: an Original Spiced Chai Tea Latte and a Tart Cherry Scone:
We used Jamba Juice’s nutrition facts to add up the total nutritional values for a 12-ounce Original Spicy Chai Tea Latte made with 2% milk and a Tart Cherry Scone. Here’s our breakdown:
Calories From Fat: 140
Total Fat: 15g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Total Carbohydrates: 83g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
A latte and a scone might seem innocent enough, and the 520 calories isn’t a horrible total, but it’s high in fat and sugar, and has next to no fiber. Upon closer inspection (see their nutrition charts, below), we also found that the breakfast lacks most essential vitamins. This is what we call “empty calories” – 520 calories of fat, sugar, and no vitamins or fiber. There are no fresh fruits or vegetables, and though there’s milk in the latte, it’s still sugar-laden.
Our verdict? Move on: This is not your power breakfast.