Sunday 24 September 2017

berry smoothies

Katy McGuinness

At the start of the year smoothies sound just the ticket - a convenient way of taking in some of our five a day, in a form that's more appealing to many than the prospect of actual fresh fruit. But many of the commercial smoothies are tooth-shatteringly sweet.

Green Beards, Ragamuffin, 450ml approx, €6.50, 9/10

This was the only freshly-made smoothie that we tested, so it's hardly surprising that it came out on top. Made with strawberries, bananas, apple, ginger, coconut water, goji berries and pumpkin seeds, it was the least sweet-tasting of the juices that we tried and had a good kick from the ginger. Expensive, but very possibly worth it.

Innocent Super Smoothie, Energise, 750ml, €4.29, 7/10

Featuring strawberry, cherry, guarana and flax seeds, plus blueberries, beetroot juice and extra A and B vitamins, this dark smoothie didn't taste too sweet (10g of sugar per 100ml) compared to some of the others we tested. Pretty good, though only if you're a cherry fan.

M&S Super Berry Smoothie, 750ml, €3.50, 7/10

The M&S berry smoothie includes apple, banana, blackcurrant, raspberry and acai berry purées, with apple juice to thin it out. Popular with our testers, although with 12.2g of sugar per 100ml it has the most sugar of all those tested.

SuperValu Apple & Blackcurrant Smoothie, 4 x 200ml, €2.49, 3/10

Billed as 'suitable for lunchboxes', our testers found this very sweet, although at 11g per 100ml it has less sugar than the M&S smoothie, and is more like a juice drink than a smoothie in terms of consistency.

Naked Blue Machine Superfood Smoothie, 750ml, €4.39, 3/10

Containing blueberries, blackberries, apples, bananas and a 'boost of vitamins' - plus 11g of sugar per 100ml - our testers were underwhelmed by this smoothie, made in the UK for the Californian brand. Very sweet tasting.

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