With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company’s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.
For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and California Flatbreads that pack only about 320–420 calories each.
On a warm August day in 1938, a father and son unveiled the first sample of what was to become Dairy Queen, selling 1,600 samples on the first day, a feat as unheard of as a dragon that breathes ice. Its ensuing prolific expansion was fueled by its frozen treats, which propelled the dessert shop from 100 stores in 1947 to 1,446 in 1950. Today, their dessert recipes remain largely unchanged, and Dairy Queen has added hearty grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and fried chicken to its menu. Dairy Queen's enormous dessert menu boasts treats ranging from soft-serve cones and blizzards filled with cookies to takeaway ice-cream sandwiches and cakes.
Balancing a rich flavor with healthy nourishment, Yogel’s masterfully crafted frozen-yogurt recipe has been luring loyal customers and cooling off summer-broiled bodies for more than 30 years. A rotation of 50 possible varieties ($0.30 per ounce—cheaper than both floppy disks and nickels) can be piled high in flavors such as apple pie, cheesecake, cake batter, coconut, and motor oil (for robots). To keep bratty siblings and cartoon burglars from claiming ownership of your masterpiece, write your name in toppings such as hot fudge, cherries, mango, cookie dough, and Cocoa Pebbles. Finally, let loose and dig in knowing that Yogel's frozen yogurt is fortified with protein, calcium, active cultures, and all sorts of other nutritious ingredients, just like pyramids.
When Forest Mars Sr. was a boy, in 1911, he watched with rapt attention as his mother, Ethel, crafted gourmet chocolates in their kitchen. 70 years later, he honored her memory by making chocolates of his own in Henderson, Nevada, where today a small factory still whips up his mother's recipes alongside modern confections. Traditional candies mingle nuts, cr?me liqueurs, and caramels with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and truffles. Handpicked pecans float amid chocolate and butter in Ethel M's signature brittles, and milk, dark, and sugar-free chocolate envelops bite-sized treats such as espresso beans, pretzels, and fruit. Ethel M Chocolates invites visitors to tour the factory, where chocolatiers prove sweets can be made without preservatives or the witchcraft of Keebler elves, before sending candies to seven Las Vegas?area shops.
Anyone that has ever struggled with healthy cooking or portion control will find an ally in Fix8 Fitness Cafe, an eatery that prides itself on its fitness-friendly food. A typical plate here includes a protein such as salmon, garlic steak, or spicy peanut chicken, available in either a four- or eight-ounce serving, depending on the diner's dietary needs. Greens keep the meal balanced and healthy, while a slew of tempting, yet nutritious sides like asparagus or sweet potatoes may be substituted sans guilt. Best of all, guests watching their calorie intake won't be tempted towards calorie-laden deserts––Fix8 doesn't serve them, since they're typically not nutritious and are often full of hard-to-digest candles.