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Froots has some of the marks of fast food—the quick service, the expanding franchising—but there's one glaring difference: the healthiness of the menu. The eatery's smoothies mix 100% juice with fat-free vanilla yogurt, and each 16-ounce cup contains three servings of fruit. The eats are nutritious, too, forgoing greasy burgers in favor of albacore tuna salads and wasabi chicken paninis. But all that isn't to say the menu lacks ways to treat yourself. Indulgent shakes blend together ingredients such as chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas, and Energize smoothies work Red Bull into the mix so that diners have the stamina they need to back-flip a marathon.

21219 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance,
CA
US

Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.

Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soymilk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.

In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.

3525 W Carson St.
Torrance,
CA
US

At Yogurt Lounge, stainless-steel soft-serve machines dispense frozen yogurt in 15 flavors. Above each machine, a placard denotes the flavor, be it chocolate cheesecake, fruit punch, or ham hock. The rotating lineup includes nonfat, low-fat, and nondairy options that swirl into cups at the touch of a lever. After dishing up a portion of frozen yogurt, customers can accessorize it with more than 40 toppings such as gummies, cereal, and fresh fruit. Although Yogurt Lounge is primarily a self-serve operation, staffers can blend smoothies, steep green and thai teas, and dispense batches of shaved ice. True to its name, Yogurt Lounge opens up to a seating area with overstuffed brown couches and a flat-screen TV.

25412 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance,
CA
US

When your army of Easy-Bake Ovens has been deactivated by Y2010K, a tragic pastry-sized void may consume your days. Today's Groupon plays dental assistant to your sweet tooth with $20 worth of cakes and pastries from Torrance Bakery for $10. Locations in Torrance and Gardena, the former housing its own sandwich shop as well, are eager to pack your cheeks with baked and hand-prepared delicacies more pristine than sculpted hedges sculpted by the lasers used for eye surgery.

1341 El Prado Ave
Torrance,
CA
US

Capicola's Gourmet Sandwich Co. and the in-house illy Cafe combine to create a modern Euro deli, specializing in a menu of gourmet sandwiches and pizzas, up to 80% of which are organic. Guests gather around rustic finished wood tables in a dining room awash in natural light for such bread-borne meals as the baked muffuleta: a pile of capicola, prosciutto, salami, and mortadella cuddling under a blanket of olive tapenade and melted provolone. Or they might opt for a pulled pork panino, slow-roasted in chipotle-barbecue sauce and topped with a choice of shoestring onion rings, carmelized onions, or invisible emperor's new onions. For a gourmet kick to start the day, the cafe illy serves gourmet coffee and sweet baked goods such as croinuts and and cannoli. And the lineup of two dozen bottled beers and international wines by the glass helps cap the night.

3160 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance,
CA
US

Staff members at L?Amande French Bakery arrive at work by 5 a.m. each day to knead and bake for the day ahead. They continue baking fresh loaves as the day goes on too, prepping baguettes so diners can take loaves home. Throughout the day, the authentic French bakery also features recipes passed down through generations for lunch or light meals, such as the Croque-Madame with fresh-baked pain de mie. As an added bonus, breakfast items are served all day, such as the raspberry cream cheese croissant with housemade compote, Omelettes, French toast, coffee, and tea.

2553 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance,
CA
US