Addition of nutrients to boost drinks here to stay

“Years ago you added extra nutrition to your Orange Julius by having them throw a raw egg in with the other ingredients in the blender.After salmonella poisoning from raw eggs became a health concern, the popular mall food court stands blended a banana instead, and two years ago began adding powdered nutritional supplements when the customer requested them. These days when you go to the Orange Julius at the Tacoma Mall you can help battle particular health issues with specific organic liquid nutrients they call Julius Nutrifiers. Each one is said to be made from the highest quality vitamins, minerals and full potency herbal formulas.For an extra fifty cents you can increase your stamina with Energy, boost your resistance to colds and flue with Immunity, enhance your mental focus with Mind, calm your nerves with Mood, build cells and muscles with Protein+, and satisfy your body’s need for vitamins and essential minerals with VitaMix.They tell us the stuff really works, said Manager Gary Light of his customer’s claims. One mother makes sure we add Mood to her kid’s Orange Julius drinks before she shops. She says it keeps them calm! Light said that although the addition of the Rhino’ Liquid Nutritional additives to the drinks is very popular, the addition of a banana is still the most popular request.He said customers are still hesitant to try the nutrifiers because they think it will change the taste of their drink.It doesn’t, he said. There is a little difference in the smell, but no difference in the taste.He said many customers add more than one Nutrifier at a time to take advantage of all the health benefits in the product they can.The natural products in the Nutrifers are:Energy-Korean Ginseng, Siberian Ginseng, astragalus, schisandra, Chinese Kudzu, Ginger, bitter orange, Chinese blackberry, and licorice. Immunity-echinacea, astragalus, schisandra, Chinese Kudzu, Chinese knotweed, ginger, bitter orange, Chinese blackberry, and licorice. Mind-Ginkgo biloba, Korean ginseng, schisandra, Chinese Kudzu, Chinese knotweed, and lo han kuo.Mood-St. Johns Wort, ginkgo biloba, he sho wu, schisandra, Chinese knotweed, astragalus, lycium, and dong quai.Protein Plus–Gmo soy protein isolates, isoflavones (genistein, diadzein and glycitein) and naturally occurring amino acids.VitaMix-100 percent RDI (required daily intake) of Vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitabim B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, copper, potassium, and zinc. It always comes as a surprise to our customers to find out that the original 16-ounce Orange Julius has 220 calories and only one gram of fat–the same as fresh-squeezed orange juice, Light added.To find out more about the Nutrifiers added to the Orange Julius products, visit the organic product company’s Web site at: blenders have been whirling with nutrients at Starbucks nationwide for some time as they’ve offered the addition of a nutritional product, Power, to their customers Frappuccinos and iced tea drinks.Power is said to provide energy availability and endurance.It’s a really popular addition to our drinks, and we’ve make a lot, said Colin Kiech, shift supervisor at the Starbucks shop at the James Center. A lot of people don’t care if it’s hot or cold outside, they just want them. A Power Frappuccino regular at the James Center Starbucks is Pierce County Transit driver, Candis Golden, who often walks over from her stop at the TCC Transit Center on Mildred to purchase one. I like the taste, she said and added that she often buys them for friends to try. I’ve been getting them for about a year. Energy-wise I don’t feel any different, but when you’re kind of hyper anyway…!Frappuccino’s were introduced nationally in May of 1998, said Kelly Hewitt, public relations program manager at Starbucks’ corporate offices in Seattle.The Power packs were added about the same time.She said the Power Frappuccino blended beverage contains 25 percent of an adult’s recommended daily intake of 12 essential vitamins. It is fortified with protein-the protein source is from milk, and is commonly used in protein-fortified foods and beverages. Hewitt added. The caloric intake of a 12 fluid ounce Power Coffee Frappuccino is 290 calories, and 320 calories for a 12 fluid ounce Power Mocha Frappuccino. “