Saturday 26 September 2015

Innocent Super Smoothies review

Here at The Madhouse, we love innocent smoothies and we love innocent fruit juice - we've even recently been trying out innocent coconut water (it works really well in overnight oats) - but I have to admit, I've always been very dubious of their super smoothies. They sound uber healthy but there are just some things in them that don't appeal to me - flax seeds, echinacea and wheatgrass, for example. Last Christmas, they sent out some vouchers to try out the Super Smoothies as a little festive gift for their fans, but it wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that I got round to throwing some in my trolley !

We started off with the purple one - Energise, with strawberry, cherry, guarana and crushed flax seeds and vitamins b1, b2, b3, b6 and c. A closer look at the ingredients list revealed that it also contains beetroot juice which presumably gives it that purple colour. There's a lot of fruit squashed into a little 360ml bottle, and not necessarily the ones you'd first think of by looking at the label -  one and a half pressed apples, 14 red and white grapes, 3/4 of a mashed banana, 3 and a half crushed strawberries, 4 crushed cherries and 9 crushed blackcurrants.

Well, it's actually very nice. Thick and fruity with a sweet taste and no detectable hint of beetroot or flax seeds, which intitially had the kids turning up their noses. Pierre loved the fact that it gave him a red moustache too !

Buoyed by our new-found enthusiasm, we moved on to the green one - a slightly murky colour that we all found off-putting and made us think we wouldn't like it. This one is Antioxidant and contains kiwis, limes, wheatgrass and flax seeds, as well as vitamins C, E and selenium. Looking at the ingredients list revealed more things that had them squealing "yuck" - cucumber, pumpkin, spirulina ... It's also packed with fruit - one and a half pressed apples, half a mashed banana, half a crushed kiwi, 8 white grapes, a quarter of a crushed mango and a dash of lime juice.

We poured it into several glasses, all had a tentative sip pulling "this is going to be horrible" faces ... then all erupted into spontaneous "hmmmmms" ! It's actually really nice, although Madhouse Daddy found it too sweet.

It has a natural fruity taste that is really refreshing - and Pierre got another coloured moustache to make him smile !

All those vitamins and minerals seemed to go to Sophie's head. Either that or they turned her into a sealion !

Now that we've been brave enough to try them, we'll definitely be buying them again. They come in family-friendly big 750ml cartons too which would be great for the breakfast table. Each serving contains two of your five a day. The only downside is that they are quite expensive and also pretty heavy on the calories and sugar - over 200 calories and 40-50g of sugar per 360ml serving - but at least it all comes from the fruit.

star rating : 4.5/5

RRP : £2.35 per 360ml bottle, £3.39 for 750ml (but look out for offers - you can currently get the big cartons on 3 for £5 at ASDA or £2 each at ASDA or Tesco)


  1. I do love a good smoothie and do like Innocent Smoothies range of flavours, but wish they had more of what the flavour was meant to be & less of the apple juice ( IYGWIM )

    1. Yes, we were a bit surprised to see that the main ingredients weren't the ones named on the label ... but they do taste nice !

  2. Thanks for the review, I'm a big fan of innocent smoothies and reading this has encouraged me to try these new ones. Congratulations to Sophie for the balancing act with the bottle. xx

  3. I have tried both these jumoothies and really like them. At least the sugar comes from the fruit but I'd have no more than a glass a day.

  4. The green one is nice. Have not tried the other one.

  5. The green one is nice. Have not tried the other one.

  6. Though no added sugar, the catch lies where they are pasteurised therefore altered from natural state


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