“ For a wholesome frothy smoothie with real fruit portions in minutes, simply pop a bag of Tesco Smoothie Mix, £1·99/740g (27p/100g), into the blender and blitz with 75ml of fruit juice or yogurt. Delicious and conveniently low-fat, they form part of your five-a-day as well as a nutritious breakfast. Try Red Berries, Tropical Fruits or Strawberry & Banana. „
TESCO SMOOTHIE MIX - 'STRAWBERRY & BANANA'
I am obsessed with this right now. In less than two days, I've already finished the litre carton that I bought a few days ago!
What is it?
A carton of smoothie fruit juice by Tesco's.
A blend of fruit juices and purees. This fruit mixture contains two and a quarter apples, forty-four strawberries, two bananas, and a third of an orange. It is 100% fruit juice, purees, and contains no added sugars or preservatives.
What made me buy it?
I'm going through one of those health phases right now. Three portions of fibre a day and at least five portions of fruit or vegetables, just seemingly impossible for me, the odd orange or banana now and then - that's probably more accurate for my current diet. Of course, I thought, that's just not good enough - even if I have to admit it to myself that I'm looking too ill these days. And I had better do something about it! Well, hopefully this will help...
Scanning though the vast collection of cartons stacked neatly on the supermarket refrigerator shelf. Only a few years ago, there were only a small column of them taken up by Tropicana juices, Innocent and P&J Smoothies - now, several large cabinets are stocked plentiful with a wide range of all the possible blends of fruit juice available. It was almost intimidating. The cheapest of the smoothies was currently by Tesco's. My eyes comfortably settled on a pastel pink milkshake carton, one of my favourite colours. Irrationally, I had a biased liking to it, containing a basic but healthy blend of banana and strawberry; I decided that this was going to be the 'best' for me rather than any of the other ones.
How does it taste?
The lovely milky pink carton actually gives a very false sense of security. When the smoothie is poured out, it's a bit of a surprise. The actual colour of fruit blend is actually a muddy dusty pink. The texture, similar to that of tomato puree - though, not as sloppy. After all, it is a smoothie so a thick puree is not out of the ordinary although it's a bit disappointing in terms of colour. The taste isn't spectacular; I couldn't really taste the banana, but could taste a mild bland version of strawberries. If I had tried this without seeing the packaging, I would have probably thought twice about buying it. However, from a more scientific and logically perspective, bananas and strawberries are probably more nutritious compared to the other more exotic blends, such as coconut, blackcurrant and apple. And so, this reasoning keeps me buying and drinking it...
This costs £1.80 for a one-litre carton; I think it's cheapest on the shelves compared with the other brands.
Will I buy it again?
Yes, of course, but only because I reason that it's good for me!
Thanks for reading. xx
I guess it's that time of year again, where everyone is feeling they should do something to be be a little healthier. So during my weekly shop I came across Tesco Red Berry Smoothie Mix. I have to say it was a close call between this and Haagen Daz, however feeling that I should at least try and attempt to eat my 5 -a day I opted for the Smoothie Mix.
I rarely make smoothies and there is a good reason for this. The last time I can recall trying to make my own smoothie (using a rubbish hand blender) I spent ages trying to scrape strawberry and kiwi seeds off my kitchen wall!! So I thought I'd make life easier and buy the fruit frozen.
Tesco Red Berry Smoothie Mix 740g can be found in the frozen section next to the ice-cream and frozen desserts and is made up of 4 individually wrapped portions of fruits: Strawberries (41%), Red Grape (32%), Banana (20%) and Blueberries (5%). I did wonder why they had bothered to call it 'Red Berry', when it contains Banana - I had always thought that they were yellow and not a berry!! But never mind as it adds to the taste. Also, aren't blueberries purple?!!
The individual portions are packaged in clear plastic bags inside a white plastic bag with a large picture of a Red Berry Smoothie on the front. The Smoothie Mix costs £2.97 and is available in 3 different flavours which are:
Red Berry (Strawberry, Red Grape, Banana and Blueberries)
Tropical Fruit (Pineapple, Mango and Papaya)
Banana and Strawberry
Each Smoothie sachet contains 185 g of fruit and all you need to do is add 75ml of natural yogurt or juice to make the smoothie. It states that one sachet will make up one smoothie, however in my experience this is enough for 2 large smoothies. As soon as you open the bag of fruit the smell hits you - a lovely fresh smell. The fruits are frozen whole i.e. full grapes, strawberries, slices of Banana etc, not chunks of fruits that has been mashed into a frozen pulp.
Each smoothie sachet made up with 75ml of natural yogurt contains
145 Calories, 27.5g of Sugar, 2.4g of Fat, 1.3 g of Saturates and 0.1g of Salt.
The Smoothies are very easy to make: empty the sachet of fruit into the
Blender add 75ml of yogurt or juice and blitz until smooth. However, if like me you use a hand blender you need to make sure that the fruit has softened before use, otherwise the blade on the blender may break. All you need to do is pop the sachet in the microwave for a minute or leave at room temperature for 30 minutes before using. I pop mine in a bowl of warm water which does the trick.
I prefer to make my smoothies using juice rather than yogurt and I find that apple juice is better, rather than orange juice, as this can make it taste a little bitter. According to the instructions you should use 75ml of juice or yogurt however you need to use a lot more than 75ml of juice! When you blend the fruit it is very thick in consistency and you need around 150ml of juice, so double what it states. If you don't add more, you will not be able to drink the smoothie as it would be too thick.
I also like to add a Kiwi Fruit to the Red Berry smoothie and a few raspberries to make it taste even nicer; however they are fine to have on their own without having to add any extra fruit.
I have tried all three varieties of Smoothie Mixes and all of them are very nice and even better is that each portion contains 2 of your 5 a day, so making it easier to reach that target of 5 and beyond. I have also found the portions to be quite versatile and they are great on their own (having been thawed) with natural yogurt on the side, or used in a fruit salad.
I would definitely recommend the smoothie mixes as they taste absolutely gorgeous, are healthy and good for you and make a refreshing change from fizzy and other juice drinks.