“ Brand: Naked / Type: Smoothie „
I am a major fan of smoothies and tend to make them myself using fresh fruits, however when I am in a rush or out of ingredients I buy my smoothies instead. Naked smoothies caught my eye because I absolutely loved the packaging, so far I have only tried two which are the blue machine and the red machine.
The blue machine smoothie is made with purees from the fruits blueberries, blackberries, apples and bananas. On the back of the bottle it tells you the amount of fruit in each smoothie, it also tells you the vitamins included. There are different flavours such as the green machine and red machine.
My personal experience and opinion
I bought this smoothie when I was in a rush one day and am so glad I did. I bought the blue machine to start with and have to admit it tastes absolutely refreshing especially when it is cold. I think that this is a perfect summer drink and a much healthier option that fizzy beverages.
The only con with this product is the price, it retails for around £2.45 which I think is quite expensive for a smoothie. This is why I would only buy this smoothie once in a while when I am in a rush.
Overall I really like this smoothie, it is a very healthy option and makes the perfect summer drink.
I try very hard not to buy snacks/food/drinks when out and about, but sometimes its very difficult. Children have an annoying habit of wanting you to buy them useless things, and sometimes you only realise around 1.00pm-2.00pm that you havent even had breakfast! I did for once manage to get some breakfast today, only 2 pieces of toast, so after dropping my son at nursery I decided to buy a meal deal from Boots, as I had some points to cover the cost on my Advantage Card!
What is this drink?
Its 450ml smoothie drink thats contains 4 fruit juices, purees and added vitamins.Thers no added sugar, so the sweetness of the drink comes directly from the fruit itself. It actually contains 74 blueberries, 5 blackberries, 3 3/4 apples and 1 2/3 banana.
How is it packaged?
It comes in a plastic screw top bottle. The majority of the labelling is blue,probably to signify the blueberry content. It has pictures of blueberries and backberries on the front. On one side of the bottle is the nutrition information and ingredients, on the other side a brief description of the product and the company's contact details and on the back it tells you exactly what and how much fruit is in the drink, and what vitamins are in it and how much.
Apple juice, Banana puree, Blackberry puree ( 5% ), Blueberry puree ( 5% ), Natural flavouring, Fruit and vegetable extracts, Vitamins B5, B6,B12, C, E and Niacin.
So what do I think of this drink?
Firstly, I have bought this product afew times now but never on its own, within a meal deal.I find the cost per bottle of £2.50 far too high and expensive. This would be a drink as a treat within a meal, not on its own.
The actual taste is nice and pleasant.You can taste the fruit, and with it being a purple colour I actually find it quite appealing from its look alone.I didnt find the drink too sweet, but even after awhile the taste does linger slightly in the mouth. I also didnt find the taste sharp, as some can be, and the texture was perfectly smooth.
The drink itself reminds me of yoghurt drinks in regards to texture and thickness, and for me when I think of a smoothie, I want something with abit of thickness to it. This was alittle too runny for me. I could see this being delicious as a frozen lolly and would lend itself well in that form. This is one of those drinks were you have to drink it straight out of the fridge and cold, so it remains refreshing. If left for awhile, it gets warm too quickly and isnt as easy to drink or as nice.
I still find it quite shocking that drinks like this contain so much sugar ( even if it contains fruit and its naturally occuring). The amount per bottle is 51g (57% ) Not that healthy! On the plus side it doesnt contain juice from concentrate.
What I would like to see on this bottle is how much this contributes to your fruit portions per day, as for the life of me i couldnt find it! I thought that would have been the first thing on the label.
Would I buy again?
Not on its own, far too expensive, but in a meal deal probably. The drink is nice but needs to be a touch thicker ( my personal taste )
Most of the time I make my own lunches to take to work, but on days when I am less prepared and don't have the time or money to go out somewhere for lunch then I will make a beeline to Boots. They do a popular meal deal which costs £3.29 and for this price you can get a sandwich/salad/wrap along with a snack and a drink. I really like Naked's Antioxidant Green Machine smoothie, so I thought I would give theSuperfood Blue Machine smoothie a try. To buy this drink alone it costs £2.50 for a 450ml bottle which is quite expensive when compared to similar items available, so I always think of it as good value for money to get one included with my £3.29 lunchtime meal deal.
Product description: "Don't retreat under the covers with a slab of rocky road. Instead try the refreshing taste of blueberries combined with a big lively load of B vitamins as well as vitamins C and E."
This smoothie drink comes in a plastic bottle with a screw cap lid which keeps the drink fresh. I usually find that the 450ml size is more than what I would drink in just one sitting, and usually drink half of the bottle with my lunch, then sip away at the rest of it throughout the afternoon.
This smoothie has a vibrant deep purple colour to it, so I guess the "Blue Machine" takes its name from the main ingredient, blueberries. The smoothie contains blueberries, blackberries, apples and bananas, and there is a full pound of fruit within this little bottle. As well as being full of natural fruit, this is also packed full of vitamins to give your body a boost, including Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E.
Blue Machine has a very rich, fruity flavour. I wasn't too keen on it as I felt that the drink tasted a bit 'murky' and not very fresh. The blueberries are a bit overwhelming and the drink was not very sweet, which was another down side for me. I had expected a sweeter berry flavoured smoothie, and although it is clear that blueberries are the main ingredient, I was a bit disappointed not to be able to taste any other of the fruits used. The smoothie also leaves me with a bit of a nasty aftertaste, as well as making my mouth feel dry after drinking this, which I found very odd!
I have a real dislike for drinks that have "bits" in, and I hate the feeling of swallowing chunks as part of a smoothie drink, yuk! Luckily for me this Blue Machine smoothie is very pure and smooth and has a consistency is much lighter than other smoothies which makes it easier to drink. This is more like a thick juice instead of the yoghurt sort of smoothies you can get, and I really like the texture of this one.
Overall I would have to say that I didn't enjoy this smoothie as much as I had expected to. The flavour was not so good, and I wouldn't choose to buy it again. I much prefer the Naked Green Machine drink and will definitely be sticking to that one in the future.
This is one of the flavours available in the extensive Naked smoothie range. This one I'm reviewing is the Blue Machine and another one that is widely stocked is the Green Machine and another I have seen is the Red Machine however there are several more in the range including juices too. The Blue Machine contains a blend of blueberries, blackberries, apples and bananas.
I usually purchase this as part of the £3.29 Boots meal deal as it is priced at £2.50 and with the Prawn Noodle Salad I choose, £2.80 and slice of carrot cake, £1.10 I pick up a huge bargain which is easy to pick up during my lunch break. I've noticed that is also available from Waitrose and Starbucks and probably many other shops too.
There is no added sugar or preservatives and only fruit is used to to have the sweet natural flavouring. The smoothie is a good source of fibre and contains several B, C and E vitamins most of which nearly fulfill your Recommended Daily Allowance, in particular Vitamin B12 which helps keep your nervous system healthy. Also, the main fruit (blueberries) ensures the smoothie provides lots of antioxidants. This drink does however contain 243 calories which is quite a lot for a drink.
The bottle is 450ml which is rather large for a smoothie and almost double the 250ml Innocent smoothies. Before drinking you are advised to shake well because separation is natural. The juice is very sweet and not as thick as the Innocent smoothies. The blended fruit doesn't contain any 'bits' and it is very smooth but still contains lots of fibre. I'm not particularly partial to this flavour because of its sickly sweetness. The Green Machine is also not a great flavour for me.
I do like to buy this drink though because of the nutritional benefits. It is quite expensive to buy separately. However, I'd give it a try because you may like the flavour.
I nipped into boots this morning to grab a bite to eat for lunch. I quite frequently go there for their meal deal offer whereby you can get a sandwich, snack and drink for £3.29. Usually for the drink I choose an Innocent smoothie which I am a big fan of, however, when I was deciding what to get today I noticed this product which I hadn't seen before and decided to try it.
The smoothie comes in a 450ml square bottle with a blue lid and label showing some of the fruit that goes into the product. This particular variety is called Blue Machine and contains an impressive amount of fruit: 74 Blueberries, 5 Blackberries, 3 1/3rd apples and 1 2/3rds bananas. Around the label the bottle is translucent and attractively displays the lilac coloured liquid inside.
Upon opening, the product has a nice, sweetly fruity aroma. The smoothie tasted great and I found that I could distinguish the flavour of each of the different fruit components listed above. One thing that surprised me about the smoothie was its texture. It is a lot smoother and not as thick as the versions I usually drink, somewhere in-between what I would call a smoothie and fruit juice. This has both advantages and disadvantages for me. As a lunchtime drink this was an improvement since it also meant that the product was very thirst quenching which I find is not always the case with other brands. Furthermore, since the bottle size is quite a lot larger than the individual serving bottles I usually get, it lasted longer. I do, however, also sometimes like to have smoothies for breakfast to start the day and then I want something that will also fill me up and so the thicker versions would be better in that situation. (I also found that I missed the comic touches that Innocent tend to incorporate to their smoothie packaging!)
The product tasted very fresh and boasts several health benefits which is a big reason why I love smoothies. Blueberries are widely thought of as superfoods due to the high levels of vitamins they contain including B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E. The smoothie also contains the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B12 which, according to the bottle, helps to keep your nervous system healthy. The downside, nutritionally speaking, is the high sugar content of 51g per 450ml which is due to the naturally high sugar content in fruits.
At full price the smoothie would have cost £2.50 which I think is quite expensive, even though it is very tasty, however as I stated above I was able to get it as part of a meal deal which made it great value. Overall I would recommend this product, particularly if you want a thirst quenching accompaniment to a meal.
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