Naked Juice began as a small fresh smoothie company in California. Today it has grown to provide bottled juice smoothies all over North America and is making its way to Europe.
Naked Juice promotes that they never add any sugar or preservatives to their products, and that they have nothing to hide. There are also no artificial flavors or colors added to their product. Their drinks are 100% real fruits, with some of their products also getting “boost ingredients”, such as vitamins, minerals, herbs or supplements. In total, Naked Juice has over 20 varieties of juices and juice smoothies.
There has been a recent hype about green smoothies, and I have tried to make a few on my own and they weren't too bad, but it gets difficult to get all of the ingredients every week and prepare them everyday. (Excuses, I know!) So, I decided to give Naked Juice's Green Machine a try. The only other flavor I tried before was the Strawberry Banana, which I really liked.
In terms of taste, the Green Machine tasted fantastic. As far as texture, not too thick and not too thin, just as a smoothie should be in my opinion. Now, how healthy is the drink? If you look at the ingredient list, there are lots of fruits and vegetables in each bottle, which is awesome. However, the ingredients also list fruit juices and purees. Therefore, it is not necessarily the whole fruit. This is what misleads people to think that a juice or commercial drink like this can substitute servings of real fruits or vegetables. That is not the case. To have fruit and vegetable servings really count we must go to the fresh, whole, and natural source. This is also why homemade smoothies are superior when made with fresh produce, and based on water (not juice).
So while the smoothie has many beneficial ingredients, especially boosts like chlorella and spirulina, and is very convenient on the go, it is still a processed food product. This means it should not be relied upon as a regular part of your diet if you are interested in optimal health.
There are tons of articles out there about juices and smoothies, especially Naked Juice and alike brands. I learned a lot just in the little time I spent researching, and plan to try to educate myself more on this topic.