Tuesday, January 10, 2012

More grass for me please....

No, not like that.

Back in the 90's, I remember a craze or a fad starting up on the West Coast where cafe's and smaller coffee houses would start selling and serving wheat grass juice.  I remember even tasting it at one point and thinking that even though I enjoyed the smell of fresh cut grass, the taste was completely different. Lo and behold though, through the use of a new medium, the grass is coming back and in a good way.

I have been a fan of the Naked company's drinks for a few years and the one that has most of my attention is none other than the Green Machine.  Green Machine is the name of this "boosted 100% juice smoothie" with no added sugar.  I have seen this drink come in 2 liter sizes and as small as 10 oz bottles, which resemble a good shot of healthiness.  What makes this flavor so special, much less the whole drink?

This one bottle of smoothie has just 170 calories and while that may seem like a bunch, on the side of every bottle is a list of what is inside.  In this little 10oz bottle is the equivalent of 1 & 3/4 apples, 1/4th of a mango, 1/4th of a banana, 1/4th of a kiwi and a hint of pineapple.  It does this all while giving 2grams of protein, 70% of your DV of A, 50% of your C, 2% of your Calcium, 6% of your Iron, 4% of your Thiamin, 15% of your Riboflavin, 20% of your B6, 30% of your B12, 6% of your Magnesium and 14% of your Potassium.

What this boils down to is a lot of good stuff in a little tiny bottle.  I've been enjoying this healthy drink for a year or so and I only recently saw what was in it.  The following are ingredients: apple juice, mango puree, pineapple juice, kiwi puree, spirulina (a form of algae), natural flavors, chlorella (more algae), broccoli, spinach, barley grass, wheat grass, parsley, ginger root, blue green algae and odorless garlic.  Now, if you want to try something new, don't be afraid of this one and try it.  The grasses in this drink taste good together.  You can find this flavor and other flavors from Naked, at most stores in the St. Louis area.

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