“ Juice Smoothie „
The review I am writing is for Naked Superfood 'Green Machine' which is an "Apple, Pineapple and Kiwi Fruit Smoothie."
It is not for the Watermelon Chill which is illustrated above.
I first saw this astonishing looking drink when my future son in law bought one in our local Starbucks. I have not seen them on sale anywhere else but I'm sure I will.
I think they cost about £2.00 for a 450ml bottle. I am not entirely sure of the price because he and I were involved in a friendly tussle over who paid the bill. He won, so I never saw the receipt.
The smoothie comes in a squarish see through plastic bottle about 7 inches tall. It has a blue plastic screw top and a picture of the relevant fruits on the front. The label is packed with dietary information.
I have to say that this is the most unappetising looking drink I have ever seen. In fact I would go so far as to say that being totally colour blind would be a distinct advantage! The smoothie is pond scum green. You know the colour green you get when algae has grown in water for a long time? That is what it looks like!
Fortunately it tastes nothing like pond scum! (Not that I am in the habit of drinking pond water but I have been known to fall in once or twice!)
It tastes great! The predominant taste is apple but with the tanginess of pineapple and the sweetness of the mango just discernable. (Graham let me have some to bring home.) It is refreshing!
The label tells us that it contains.
Blue green algae.
No wonder it's so green! I'm glad I read that lot after I'd tried it!
All those ingredients are in there to give you a 'boost', the wrapper tells me.
It doesn't tell you what it all boosts. (I imagine it might be your loo roll bill!)
per 100 ml (So for the full bottle multiply by 4.5)
Energy 58 Kcal
(of which sugars 11.7g)
No fat, fibre or sodium to worry about.
The blurb on the bottle.
"A pound of fruit in every bottle." I like the sound of that!
The super cool hype on the side of the bottle is a bit over the top. I quote.
"When it comes to juice, we understand your need to get Naked."
(What?? I don't need to get naked to drink juice! Especially not in Starbucks in front of my future son-in-law!)
It goes on.
" So we use only the purest stuff in the world and leave out everything else. That means no added sugar, no preservatives, no inhibitions."
(No inhibitions? God preserve us!)
Further up the bottle it tells us that drinking green gunge shows that you are at the "height of your juice prowess and that other pink and orange smoothie drinkers will cower!"
And here's me thinking it was just a drink! How unaware of social posturing can one get?
As everything is fresh and there are no presevatives in this drink, it has to be used within a week of purchase. My bottle gave a date six days away from when it was bought. It is pasteurised.
Anyway, forget their hype. I am sure it's all (green) tongue in cheek and a bit of fun.
This 'Green Machine' is a very good tasting drink with lots of added vegetation to supply you with every vitamin known to man.