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I nipped into boots the other morning to grab a bite to eat for lunch. I quite frequently go there for their meal deal offer whereby you can get a sandwich, snack and drink for £3.29. Usually for the drink I choose an Innocent smoothie which I am a big fan of, however, when I was deciding what to get today I noticed this product which I hadn't seen before and decided to try it.
The smoothie comes in a 450ml square bottle with a blue lid and label showing some of the fruit that goes into the product. This particular variety is called Blue Machine and contains an impressive amount of fruit: 74 Blueberries, 5 Blackberries, 3 1/3rd apples and 1 2/3rds bananas. Around the label the bottle is translucent and attractively displays the lilac coloured liquid inside.
Upon opening, the product has a nice, sweetly fruity aroma. The smoothie tasted great and I found that I could distinguish the flavour of each of the different fruit components listed above. One thing that surprised me about the smoothie was its texture. It is a lot smoother and not as thick as the versions I usually drink, somewhere in-between what I would call a smoothie and fruit juice. This has both advantages and disadvantages for me. As a lunchtime drink this was an improvement since it also meant that the product was very thirst quenching which I find is not always the case with other brands. Furthermore, since the bottle size is quite a lot larger than the individual serving bottles I usually get, it lasted longer. I do, however, also sometimes like to have smoothies for breakfast to start the day and then I want something that will also fill me up and so the thicker versions would be better in that situation. (I also found that I missed the comic touches that Innocent tend to incorporate to their smoothie packaging!)
The product tasted very fresh and boasts several health benefits which is a big reason why I love smoothies. Blueberries are widely thought of as superfoods due to the high levels of vitamins they contain including B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E. The smoothie also contains the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B12 which, according to the bottle, helps to keep your nervous system healthy. The downside, nutritionally speaking, is the high sugar content of 51g per 450ml 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.
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