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Taste Test: Fruit smoothies

No time to fire up the blender? No problem. Several brands of ready-to-serve fruit smoothies are available at local grocery stores. Our judges tasted seven smoothies and found some that could serve as a breakfast substitute or satisfy a midafternoon craving

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product / serving Hannaford Mixed Berries

10 ounces

Sunny D Orange Whirl

8 ounces

Lifeway

16 ounces

Calories

Fat / Fiber

300

3.5g / 0g

140

0g / 0g

160

2g / 3g

Judges' comments Fresh and almost chewy. Dark, murky pink color. Flavor and texture resemble strawberry/banana yogurt. "Like liquid Yoplait," said one judge. The drink was a bit too sweet for some panelists. Tasted like an orange creamsicle. Mango-colored and very smooth. Judges said it had the "funnest" taste. Creamy with a bit of a tang. Judges compared it to strawberry milk. "It looks good and tastes good," they agreed.
Shopping information 99 cents for a 10-ounce bottle at Sweetbay. $1.58 for a 48-ounce bottle at Wal-Mart. $3.99 for a 32-ounce bottle from Nature's Finest Foods in St. Petersburg.
Product / serving Hannaford Mixed Berries

10 ounces

Sunny D Orange Whirl

8 ounces

Lifeway

16 ounces

Calories

Fat / Fiber

300

3.5g / 0g

140

0g / 0g

160

2g / 3g

Judges' comments Fresh and almost chewy. Dark, murky pink color. Flavor and texture resemble strawberry/banana yogurt. "Like liquid Yoplait," said one judge. The drink was a bit too sweet for some panelists. Tasted like an orange creamsicle. Mango-colored and very smooth. Judges said it had the "funnest" taste. Creamy with a bit of a tang. Judges compared it to strawberry milk. "It looks good and tastes good," they agreed.
Shopping information 99 cents for a 10-ounce bottle at Sweetbay. $1.58 for a 48-ounce bottle at Wal-Mart. $3.99 for a 32-ounce bottle from Nature's Finest Foods in St. Petersburg.

ALSO SAMPLED: Odwalla ($2.88 for a 15.2-ounce bottle at Wal-Mart); Bolthouse Farms ($1 for 15.2-ounces at Save-A-Lot); Fit & Active ($2.69 for four, 7-ounce bottles at Aldi); Stonyfield Farm ($1.69 for a 10-ounce bottle at Publix)

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian with Pinellas County Cooperative Extension; Jim Yockey, aesthetician at Anu You Institute; personal chef Kay Studer; and consumer/foodie John Hehn, owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc. All foods were tasted blind.

Taste Test: Fruit smoothies 06/05/09 [Last modified: Friday, June 5, 2009 4:30am]

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