“ Apple Pineapple and Kiwi Juice „
~* Why I Bought It *~
I like to think that nowadays I have a pretty healthy diet, but I have to admit that I'm not really much of a fan of fruit and vegetables and I definitely don't eat my five a day - more like three, at the most!
I saw this drink in Waitrose last weekend and thought that it sounded like a great way to get all of the nutrition from lots of fruit and veg without actually having to eat it!
~* Price *~
I paid around £2.40 for the 450ml bottle, which I don't think is too expensive considering that the drink is very nutritious and I'm sure that if someone bought all of the exact ingredients themselves and made the drink it would probably work out more expensive. The 450ml bottle was enough to fill two large glasses so you get quite a lot for the money.
~* First Impressions *~
My first impression when I saw the bottle was that the brand name was a little bit odd and gimmicky, and that the drink itself looked like murky, muddy water - it does not look appealing, at all. It is a dark shade of green.
~* My Opinion *~
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this drink! My fiancé refused to try it as it 'looked gross' but it honestly tastes lovely. I was expecting it to taste very strongly of green vegetables and taste earthy, because it has got veg in it such as broccoli and spinach. It also has (odourless) garlic in it, as well as parsley, ginger, wheat grass (which honestly tastes vile by itself), a range of superfood supplements and quite a bit of fruit - mango, kiwi, pineapple apples and bananas.
The taste of it is not at all like I was expecting. It tastes just like mango and banana! It is really, really sweet and I can not taste any vegetables in it at all. It actually almost tastes too sweet, and I couldn't believe that it was actually good for me! My first glass of it was amazing, but then I had a sip directly from the bottle and it tasted a bit weird. It was a weird savoury, almost spicy flavour, but I quickly figured that this was because I hadn't shaken the bottle and as soon as I did so it was back to tasting sweet.
It does not smell unpleasant either and smells fresh and fruity. I didn't notice any difference in how I felt after drinking it such as more energetic or anything but i think it would take long term drinking of the drink to see any health benefits, and trust me if you research the benefits of fruit and vegetable juice you will be amazed at the benefits they have. The drink was really smooth with a thin texture, with absolutely no lumps or anything which I also like.
~* Nutritional Info *~
There are 58 calories per 100ml so this is not a low calorie drink. It has got 11.7g of sugar per 100ml but because this is natural sugar it doesn't bother me too much, but because of the sugar content I wouldn't drink it very regularly.
~* All in All *~
A drink packed full of goodness. I will definitely be buying it again when I feel like I'm in need of a bit of a pick me up health wise but its not a drink I'd purchase and consume regularly as the cost would soon add up and the sugar content although it is natural sugar puts me off a bit.
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. Since discovering this Naked Antioxidant Green Machine smoothie it has always been my first choice of drink. 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: "We know it looks intimidating, but don't judge a smoothie by its colour. It actually tastes good. No really, we're serious. It's got an arsenal of 10 supercool ingredients and is packed with vitamins A and C. Drink Green Machine as part of a balanced and varied diet and a healthy lifestyle."
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 enough to provide me with two servings, as it is thirst quenching and has a lovely rich flavour. I normally drink half the bottle and then store the rest in the fridge for later.
I am quite fussy when it comes to juice drinks, and I was initially attracted to this smoothie because of its green colour. Apparently most people find this off-putting but I love kiwis so was instantly drawn to this one as the colour suggests this flavour, and there's also a big picture of some cut up kiwi fruit on the front. The smoothie contains apple, banana, kiwi, mango and pineapple, and there is a full pound of fruit within this little bottle.
As well as being full of natural fruit, there are also some other interesting additions to the ingredients list including algaes, grasses and vegetables. This packs it full of goodness and will give your body a real boost without you even having to try hard. There is also ginger and garlic in here which is perfect for helping your immune system during the start of these cold winter months!
Even with such a varied bunch of ingredients, the taste is delightful and not what you might expect after reading about the product. It has a lovely sweet flavour which tastes fresh and fruity. Naked have done an excellent job in blending everything together so that none of the more unusual ingredients stand out and you get a full on fruity flavour which is very refreshing. I wasn't able to pick out individual fruits but rather get just the overall taste. This is a good thing for me as although I like most of the ingredients I really have a thing against pineapple, so I was pleased that there were no unpleasant pineapple overtones to spoil the drink for me.
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 Green Machine smoothie is smooth beyond belief. I would have to say it is the purest, smoothest smoothie that I've come across so far and the 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.
All in all I have to say this is my favourite smoothie drink around and the flavour as well as the health benefits make it a real winner. I only ever buy it as part of the meal deals because of its price, but if I was less of a penny pincher I would drink it constantly. Gorgeously smooth with a sweet, fruity flavour that hydrates and refreshes.
I'm a big fan of the Innocent smoothies, in particular the Kiwi, Apples & Lime smoothie - a tasty way of getting all those vitamins (when there are colds going round the office I try to eat and drink as much fruit and veg as possible!). However, when I went into Boots for a meal deal they had sold out... oh the dilemma! Naked Green Machine Antioxidant Apple, Pineapple and Kiwi Juice Smoothie, hidden on the top shelf, seemed like the next best option.
Naked Green Machine is a grey-green 'pond algae' colour - but it does look like it would be good for you! The drink contains 3 &1/3 apples, 1 banana, 1/3 kiwi, 1/3 mango and 1 slice of pineapple as the main ingredients. The other 'antioxidant' ingredients added to the juice are: spirulina, chlorella, broccoli, spinach, blue green algae, garlic, barley grass, wheat grass, ginger and parsley. (Have I tempted you yet!?). Their 'selling point' on the front of the bottle is that there is "a pound of fruit in every bottle".
The drink comes in a see through bottle (all the better to see the sludge colour!) with a blue cap. The labelling is perhaps a little cluttered, but I like that one side is dedicated to the ingredients of the bottle and laid out really simply. It's not going to win any awards for design, but it's the health benefits not the look of the bottle on your desk that count!
I was expecting the juice to be quite thick as bananas are usually used in smoothies to help bulk the drink out, so I was quite surprised that Naked Antioxidant has a very watery texture to it. It is extremely smooth, with no lumps or little bits in it.
As the drink is named an 'apple, pineapple and kiwi juice smoothie' I was expecting it to predominately taste of these ingredients. However, the main taste of the drink is banana, although you do get hints of mango and pineapple. Perhaps not surprising when a whole banana is used but only one slice of pineapple and 1/3 of a kiwi! The taste is quite pleasant and not overly sweet as some smoothies can be.
With 0g of fat and only naturally occurring sugars, the drink's a lot better for you than most other drinks you may be tempted by. However, if you are diabetic you should note that one bottle contains a whopping 52g of sugar (58% of your recommended daily allowance)!
The 450ml carton costs a staggering £2.50 from Boots, unless it's included in their £3.29 meal deal. When you get a full carton of the Innocent drink for £2.67, I think asking people to pay £2.50 for a small drink is slightly unrealistic. However, as part of the meal deal it's good value.
I would buy this drink again, but probably only if my preferred Innocent drink wasn't available. The watery texture and banana flavour are not to my liking, I prefer my smoothies to be a little thicker!
If you have a strong desire to phone Naked Juice, they do have a free phone number (0800 7833 851) and their UK office is based in Leicester.
As I needed to be in town again this morning I picked up a boots meal deal for lunch for £3.29. Having chosen and enjoyed a Naked "Blue Machine" smoothie yesterday (see the review), I decided I would try the other variety that was present in my local store, the "Green Machine" smoothie as the drink.
The smoothie comes in a 450ml square bottle with a blue lid and green label showing some of the fruit that goes into the product. This variety is not as attractive as the blue one as the liquid inside is a slightly sludgy green colour, however, it is the taste which is the most important thing here! The smoothie is packed full of fruit with "a pound of fruit in every bottle". In this variety there are 3 1/3rd apples, 1 banana 1/3rd kiwi, 1/3rd mango and 1 slice of pineapple.
The smoothie smells great and tastes lovely and sweet and really fruity and I could particularly make out the mango, kiwi and apple flavours which was great. As I noted in my previous review, this variety of smoothie is a lot smoother than other varieties I often have which made it brilliantly thirst quenching and so great as a drink, although less filling if you are looking for a smoothie as a meal replacement or a snack in its own right.
The product tasted very fresh and boasts several health benefits which is a big reason why I love smoothies. Other than the high fruit content it is packed with vitamins A & C, with vitamin C in particular a natural antioxidant to help "protect your cells from damage by free radicals" as the bottle states. The downside, nutritionally speaking, is the high sugar content of 52g per 450ml (1g higher than the blue version!) 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. As far as how the two flavours compare, I think I slightly prefer the "Blue Machine", however, this one has a nice fresh, zesty touch which I also enjoy.
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I am a big fan of ready to drink smoothies and one of the best brands I have tried are the Naked smoothies.
I found the following about them on their website: The Naked Juice story began in 1983 when a young man delighted thirsty beachgoers by serving his juices towel-to-towel on the beaches of Santa Monica, CA. Waking up early to seek out only the freshest fruits and vegetables in the produce markets of Los Angeles, he home-squeezed and blended his creations before heading to the beach with his juices and a backpack full of ice. His efforts brought forth rave reviews. Naked juice caught on commercially starting with a small account in a grocery store right off the beach, then a few more stores in town, then all over the city of Los Angeles. Today, Naked Juice is the fastest growing smoothie in America and over two decades later the Naked Juice story is beginning again in the UK with the same founding values.
The smoothies are wonderfully tasty and my favourite has to be The Green Machine Antioxidant drink. When you drink it you really feel like you are doing something great for your body both in terms of wonderful taste and all the fruit and goodness that you are drinking. It contains a blend of five juices and purees with botanical extracts, some of the fruits include apple, pineapple and kiwi, all my favourites. It also has vitamin C in it which is great, especially at this time of year as a natural antioxidant to protect your cells from free radicals. The botanical extracts are listed as blue green algae, ginger and spinach.
This smoothie is very green and I think this may put off some people but I think the colour is lovely and just goes to show that it has a lot of good stuff in it. It is quite a thin smoothie and you would definitely say it's more fruit juice than thick smoothie but it's still very nice and you can definitely taste all the fruit in it. The Naked Juice philosophy is to use only the best fruit and pure juice and to leave out the other stuff. In fact, there is no added sugar, only the natural occurring sugar in fruit. THe juice comes in a 450ml bottle and this contains 255 calories which is quite a lot for a drink but I would say this is definitely a healthier choice than a fizzy drink and if you have it as a snack then it's not too bad.
Recently I travelled to Glasgow to celebrate the birthday of my very special daughter who also happens to be vegan. On arriving in the departure lounge at Stansted I had quite a long wait for the plane, and decided to search out a drink to pass the time.
Normally I would choose decaf coffee ( I can't drink caffeine as I have ME, and it does strange things to my heart rhythm) but as I was thinking about my daughter and her healthy lifestyle my attention was drawn to a rather interesting and slightly strange looking bottle in Starbucks called Green Machine. I knew she would pick that, I just knew it, but since she has been at uni I am not quite as sure of her preferences any more, but decided to try it and text her to see if it was something she had tried before.
The bottle looks like pea green pond water and this really is no lie. Its full title is Naked Super Food Green Machine and the version I picked is called Apple/Pineapple and Kiwi Smoothie. It contains the juice of five pureed fruits with added botanical extracts and has no added sugar. It looks like it is going to do you good- no, I lie, well it would maybe if you were drunk, but to be honest it reminded me of the Everglades of Florida, I could almost imagine the head of a crocodile peering out of the water it was collected from!
I paid £2.69 for 450mls which is a generous size bottle and found myself a quiet nook to sample it, this was tricky as there are very few quiet nooks in Stansted, but I found a table up against a pillar and opened the bottle with a degree of trepidation. I got some World Points with my purchase and thought it was some recompense for maybe the experience I was about to endure!
I am actually no stranger to smoothies and drink a lot made by Innocent but these are a step nearer to the weird and wonderful! Made in California in Santa Monica these have been around since 1983. In many ways their origins are the same as Innocent. In 1983 a young man made some fresh juices and he went onto the beaches in Santa Monica and sold them to beach goers. It was a long day as he rose early to buy the best quality produce from the markets in Los Angeles, and he literally made the juices and sold them from his ice laden back pack, going from beach towel to towel gaining regulars all along the way.
As the clients grew he was able to set up a small area within a grocery store on the beach front, then more stores followed, and eventually he expanded all over the city of Los Angeles.
I don't normally like to include all the ingredients but for this review I feel it is important and they are very unusual
Each bottle contains a pound of fruit and is made from:
Apple Juice 59%
Mango Puree-made from 1/3 of a fresh mango
Slice of pineapple pureed
Wheat Grass 75mgs
Barley grass 75mgs
Ginger Root 50mgs
Blue Green Algae 50mgs
Odourless Garlic 50mgs
My daughter is always eating spirulina, in fact she swears by it. It is microscopic blue - green algae which is high in protein, essential fatty acids, B vitamins, vitamin C, and E, phytochemicals which purify the blood, and phycocyanin which is thought to inhibit cancer. It is also high in iron. It comes from pond water- hum maybe not everyone will fancy it!
Wheat grass is another super food and it has high levels of chlorophyll, which causes increased levels of haemoglobin, which in turn increases oxygen transportation in the body. It may also reduce blood pressure and has many other claims.
So I called my daughter and asked her if she had tried this, and of course she had and said it was delicious. So I tasted the green pondy water drink with an open mind-ok lets try anything once! Surprise, although the colour was weird the flavour was that of a fruity smoothie, and the taste of the added botanical extracts were overshadowed by the lovely flavour of apples and tropical fruits. It was pleasant and delicious and actually more thirst quenching than the coffee I would normally pick. I was actually feeling pretty pleased with myself at this point! I forgot about the frog images in my mind of croaking beasties sitting on lily leaves above the pea soupy water below, and actually thought this might be doing me some good!
Did I feel it energised me? Well that's a difficult one as I have ME so all journeys are hard for me, but I felt more hydrated and I certainly didn't feel I would never try this again. Having ME you do get much more dehydrated and as flying exacerbates this too I think I would choose this again. So I did- in fact only the following day when out for lunch.
Just this month I hear they are being sold in Waitrose and by Ocado their home delivery arm as well as all branches of Starbucks, so this is great news. They have other flavours too, maybe not quite as weird, but I plan to try them in due course.
This is a strange choice but I could get used to it, and it might even do me good!