Smoothies: Tried and Tasted
Smoothies have really arrived. They're being given their own shelves in supermarkets and, most impressively, their own appliance in our homes. But how far have smoothie flavours advanced?
The WLR Taste Team love a juicy challenge to get stuck in to and had a lot to get through. Find out which of these smoothies they fell for.
|Product||Marks & Spencer Count On Us Strawberry & Raspberry Smoothie||Innocent Superfoods Pomegranates, Blueberries & Acai||Sainsbury's Exotic Orange & Mango Smoothie|
|Summary||Excellent, juicy flavour. Main ingredient, apple juice, did overshadow a little. The sharpness divided the team's opinions.||Quite intense: thick; dark colour; unashamed of its gritty bits; a healthy smell and bold flavour. May take a lot of getting used to for some but well loved by those who do.||Very good for an exotic fruit juice, but this is also where it falls down: not enough like a smoothie.|
|Calories (kcal) per serving||125||143||124|
|Fat (g) per serving||0.4||0.5||0.4|
|Product||Tesco Super Fruit Smoothie with Guavas & Raspberries||Asda Smoothie Strawberry, Banana and Guava||Marks & Spencer Count On Us Strawberry & Vanilla Smoothie|
|Summary||Refreshing and energising with a unique, if slightly bland for some, flavour. Quite enjoyable.||A weak taste at first which unfolds later. Could be a little thicker but a good mix of flavours.||Nice enough and a good mix of flavours but still seems to have something missing. Could probably do without its added sweeteners.|
|Calories (kcal) per serving||140||116||125|
|Fat (g) per serving||2.5||0.4||0.3|
|Product||Boots Shapers Strawberry & Banana Fruit Smoothies||B2B Smoothies Peach & Passion Fruit||Waitrose Pear, Apricot & Blackberry Smoothie with Acai|
|Summary||Trying desperately to get attention. This was thick, smooth, sweet, sharp and tangy. But with a strange aftertaste.||Bitter sweet. Tastes nicer than it looks but the peach taste, though fairly nice, did seem too chemically.||The pear taste and pear bits split the tasters. Not the best, though some may find it enjoyable.|
|Calories (kcal) per serving||115||188||152|
|Fat (g) per serving||0.3||<0.3||1.0|
|Product||Waitrose Alphonso Mango & Passion Fruit Smoothie||The Big J Raspberry and Banana Smoothie||Slim-Fast Peach & Mango Smoothie|
|Summary||Has a 'cleaner' taste then some of the other orange smoothies though some could find it too weak.||A rich, dark colour masks a fairly weak flavour. Very watery and very tart.||Feels like a milkshake; tastes like bottom-end sweets. Very dry mouth feel and lingering aftertaste. Hard to imagine being a whole meal.|
|Calories (kcal) per serving||143||165||215|
|Fat (g) per serving||1.0||0.8||6.5|
As we have seen, there is no formal definition for a smoothie. Rightly or wrongly, they may not feature any of the puréed fruit you would normally expect. It may also be a label all too easily applied to drinks to try to gain some of the healthy connotations associated with the word 'smoothie'.
When your main ingredient is fruit you are generally tied down to certain truths. Firstly it should be very easy for anyone to make a healthy smoothie. You're starting with some of the best raw materials and we tend to expect smoothies to be natural and nutritious. Although fruit can be quite calorific, they are often seen them as 'good', necessary calories.
Secondly, if you're following the natural approach the flavour and consistency should all depend on the precise blend of fruits and vegetables used. Here is where the difficulty comes in and most of the smoothies above have risen to the challenge quite well using an impressive range of ingredients. Aside from obvious differences in quality, individual preferences for fruits are clearly at work here.
The simplicity of smoothies also means that anyone with a food processor of some kind can experiment and create their own smoothie recipes to their own tastes.
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