Taste Test: The Best Smoothies

We taste-tested dozens of smoothies from the grocery store and picked our favorites.
Juice
Satisfying Post-Workout Snack

Bolthouse Farms Berry Boost

This velvety drink got us in the mood -- for exercise. "I'd run a marathon if I knew this would be waiting," vowed one taster. Five types of berries give the dairy-free beverage an intense sweet-tart taste, while bananas and apples make it thick, smooth and mighty filling.

$2.99 for 15.2 oz., at grocery stores

Convincing Cocktail Stand-In

Sunkist Naturals Pina Colada Protein Smoothie

"Drink umbrella, please!" requested one blissed-out taster. That's because the tropical sweetness of coconut and pineapple makes this drink's flavor a dead ringer for a pina colada. But unlike the cocktail (virgin or alcoholic), this is fat-free and -- surprise! -- packs 20 grams of protein.

$2.79 for 15.2 oz., at grocery stores

DIY Fruit Combo

Jamba All Natural Smoothies Strawberries Wild

Nothing beats a just-made frozen smoothie! Simply blend the strawberry banana nonfat yogurt mix with any juice. "I like that I can customize it with my favorites," raved one panelist.

$3.29 for two 8-oz. smoothies, at grocery stores

Tasty "Veggie"

Naked Green Machine

Yes, it's green (thanks to super-nutritious algae, broccoli and ginger), but the fruity taste of apple, mango and pineapple prevails: "Phew! There's no licked-the-lawn flavor!" assured one panelist.

$3.29 for 15.2 oz., at grocery stores

Family-Friendly Breakfast

Lifeway Low-Fat Pomegranate Kefir

"Now I know what to give my 3-year-old for breakfast!" mused one satisfied mom. No wonder both parents and kids love it: The yogurt smoothie is low-fat, sweet and tangy, and boasts 12 good-for-the-tummy active cultures.

$3.49 for 32 oz., at grocery stores

 

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