New Jamba Juice Organic Hot Blends. Vegan Hot Bevs!

Perfectly Chocolate Chai Tea, Heavenly Green Tea Latte and Classic Hot Chocolate (all vegan when made with soymilk) are just a few of the new Organic Hot Blends menu items at Jamba Juice. So it looks like Starbucks tried smoothies and now Jamba Juice is trying hot beverages. Interesting. Let's peruse and find out why they might triumph over Starbucks hot tea bevies...

The new Organic Hot Blends vegan products include:

Perfectly Chocolate Chai Tea with soymilk
Heavenly Green Tea Latte with soymilk
Classic Hot Chocolate with soymilk
Original Spiced Chai Latte with soymilk

Tea Varieties:
Organic Breakfast, Organic Green Dragon, Organic Earl Gray, Organic African Nectar, Organic Spring Jasmine, Detox Infusion.

Different From Starbucks?
So why would you go to Jamba Juice instead of Starbucks for your soy chai tea latte? One reason: Jamba Juice's teas are all organic. Starbucks TAZO teas are not all organic. From the TAZO website I found these products that are certified organic:
Darjeeling, Envy, Om and Tazo Chai Filterbags, Tazo Iced Tea, Tazo Iced Green Tea Bottled Tea and Organic Tazo Chai Concentrate.

Comparing Nutrition, Starbucks vs. Jamba Juice:

16 ounce Jamba Juice Hot Original Spiced Chai Tea Latte with soymilk:
Calories 230
Total Fat 7g
Total Carbohydrate 29g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 24g
Protein 14g
Calcium 8% RDA
Vita A 0% RDA
Iron 20% RDA

16 ounce Starbucks Hot TAZO Chai Tea Latte with soymilk:
Calories 230
Total Fat 3g
Total Carbohydrate 47g
Fiber <1
Sugars 42g
Protein 5g
Calcium 25% RDA
Vit A 8% RDA
Iron 6% RDA

Interesting! Look at the difference in protein content, as well as sugar and even calcium. While they have the exact same amount of calories, JJ has more calories from protein and fat and Starbucks more calories from sugar.

Starbucks triumphs on calcium and vita A. But it lacks in protein, iron and is higher in fat and sugar.

Jamba Juice has a nice 14g of protein per 16oz. As well as a hefty 20% RDA of iron.

But that 25% RDA of calcium in Starbucks is pretty nice as well. Tricky! I'm guessing the variety of soymilk is a big factor in these nutritional facts.

Powder vs. Liquid. Of note, according to the online ingredients, Jamba Juice appears to use a soy milk powder in many of their hot bevies. (however the dairy-containing beverages do not appear to be a powder). Slightly odd. I'd love to know more about how JJ's hot bevies are made. I know they have liquid soymilk on hand for smoothies, so why would they use powder in hot beverages?

And of course you want to keep in mind that nutritional fact labels can sometimes vary from actual product to product. After reading these facts I'm dying to do a head-to-head taste test. Will have to look into this...
Have you tried them yet???

When I do I'll let you know what I think...

You can check out more nutritional info on JJ's website.

You can always simply make a hot chai tea bevie at home with your own favorite soymilk. Poor Man's Fire Chai.

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