I’ve always been a big fan of smoothies. But because of this recent experience I’ve learned an important lesson: don’t cut corners. Ever.
In the frozen section at the grocery store Dole has these smoothie shakers. “Just add your favorite juice and shake!” it says. Yeah…no. Sorry Dole, it just didn’t cut it for me. Inside it has frozen blended berries and frozen bits of yogurt. The bottle also has two windows indicating how much juice to pour based on your preference of thickness.
I poured berry juice in it, (Berry Smoothie→Berry Juice) and shook. The juice kind of just foamed up and got super bubbly at the top. When I opened it up to drink it, all I tasted was the juice I put in! And it wasn’t even thick. Super liquidity. Did I do it wrong? Ehh… I don’t think so. The directions are pretty simple. Even if I were to fill it at the “Super Thick” line, it wouldn’t have had the smoothie consistency whatsoever.
Final verdict: no go on the Dole Smoothie Shakers. Not just because it didn’t have the right consistency, but also because I’m pretty much just drinking the sugar from the juice I added. I guess that’s what I get for trying to cheat my way out of doing something. Last year my personal trainer told me he put raw oatmeal in his berry smoothies. I thought, “Man, that’s a great idea! I hate eating oatmeal, this will just eliminate the pain of eating it.” I mean, I still eat oatmeal now because it’s a healthier alternative to cereal sometimes, but being able add it into my smoothie is definitely a bigger win.
I’d rather just spend the extra effort and time to make my own smoothie. Check out the ingredients I use for my breakfast smoothies and you’ll be able to see and taste the difference in sugar content!