Fruit and vegetable smoothies are very popular these days as you may have noticed from all the different types of smoothie mixes and recipes at your supermarket. But which smoothie best? Obviously, taste is a big consideration but to help people decide, Consumer Reports took a look at smoothies and here is a summary of what they found:
The best tasting smoothies (rated “Excellent”) were those from:
- Bolthouse Farms (strawberry banana and berry boost)
- Lifeway (keifer lowfat cultured strawberry)
- Sunkist (naturals strawberry dream and strawberry banana)
Runners up (rated “Very Good”) included:
- Naked (berry blast all-natural wellbeing)
- Stoneyfield (organic wildberry)
- Fruit Simple (mixed berry)
- Odwalla (strawberry banana)
- Frusion (strawberry blend)
Those rated as “Good” included brands from
What about Price?
When choosing a smoothie, more expensive brands are not necessarily better. According to Consumer Reports, Lifeway which costs on average only 89 cents per serving was just as good as the smoothie by Sambazon, which cost on average 2.38 per serving. Of course, individual tastes may differ so try a few different brands and see which ones you like best.
Consumer Reports also reviewed smoothie chain-stores like Smoothie King. I had the opportunity of trying Smoothie King last year when returning from Florida. I have to say I was not impressed. The Smoothie I bought from Smoothie King was not as good as what I make at home (scroll down for that recipe) . The “fruit” appeared to be a purée slurry rather than actual fruit. It may have been made with real fruit but I couldn’t tell.
I'm basing my opinion on only one Smoothie King store so other locations may be different. I'm sure this smoothie had more calories than what I make at home and that is something to consider if you’re looking for weight loss smoothies.
Consumer Reports suggests that people ask about the ingredients in Smoothies if you go to the chain- stores. But, when I asked questions at Smoothie King, several people, behind me in line, walked out of the store, apparently annoyed by my questions. My friends still like to make fun of me because of this.
My favorite smoothie recipes
Mix the following these ingredients in this order
- 1 orange (pealed of course)
- A handful (or cup) of red or green seedless grapes
- A handful of baby carrots
- A half a pack of Yoplait Triple Berry Smoothie Mix (1/2 pack will be best)
- 1-3 frozen strawberries
Don’t use Yoplait? No problem. Try a half a cup of frozen blueberries and a pinch of frozen raspberries.
For added nutrition, toss in a few leaves of baby spinach (trust me, you won’t taste the spinach)
Add water (varies according to the texture you like)
I use a Vitamix to for my smoothies but any blender will work.
Mix the following in this order
- 1 orange
- 1 /2 Yoplait Triple Berry Smoothie Mix
- 1 scoop Chocolate Muscle Milk
- (this has 15 grams of protein and 150 calories)
- 1 scoop Quaker oatmeal
- Add water and blend
Weight Loss Smoothies
Many people use smoothies to help with weight loss. Because of this you may have heard of various weight loss smoothie recipes.
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