The Good: Very nutritious, Tastes great
The Bad: Expensive
The Basics: Naked Green Machine is a winner from the eclectic juice producer.
A few weeks ago, I found myself more than a little despondent, whatwith having taken my wife to Michigan and been forced to leave her there for her summer job. It’s not an easy thing and on my way back to our (now much emptier) home, I stopped at the grocery store. I certainly do not advocate eating away the pain, but I went shopping and subconsciously, I think that might have been what I was planning on doing!
At least I chose healthy. One of the first things I picked up was a collection of Naked Juice juices. I was not at all wowed by the Protein Zone (reviewed here!), which was my first experience with the company’s drink line. So, I was a bit hesitant about trying the Green Machine I picked up. I was actually a little surprised I had picked up a whole 32 oz. container, but I guess that was what was on sale.
I had no reason to fear this weird beverage. Neither do you!
Naked is a health drink brand, which is like an energy drink except that is designed for more of a full-health solution and they tend to taste better. This is a fruit and vegetable juice that is packed with nutrients. Naked Green Machine comes in a 32 fl. oz. plastic bottle that is rectilinear, smooth and very portable. The #1 recyclable bottle is filled with the opaque rich green liquid, which looks much like an split pea soup in a bottle. Naked juice products is one of the leading manufacturer of healthy prepared beverages, mostly of Boosted 100% Juice Smoothies, like Green Machine.
The 32 fl. oz. bottle is intended to give consumers a full four servings and it truly seems to fill one up!
Ease Of Preparation
Naked Green Machine Protein Juice Smoothie is a liquid in the 32 fl. oz. bottle and is a ready-to-drink beverage. So, preparation is as easy as opening a plastic bottle. Green Machine has a plastic cap that easily twists off and can be put back on in order to reseal it. It is important to note that this is supposed to be refrigerated, so quality of the beverage will degrade if it is left out at room temperature before or after the bottle is open. This has a pretty standard security seal ring around the lower half of the cap and informs the consumer as to whether the product has been opened by cracking off when the top is twisted.
Naked Green Machine smells like broccoli and mango and the scent is very disconcerting. The aroma is very hard to place and has a vaguely citrus, equally vague vegetable scent.
In the mouth, Green Machine is very sweet and the dominant fruit flavors are apple and mango. While none of the vegetables – broccoli, spinach, parsley or barley grass – are overly evident in the flavor, the banana gives the Green Machine a slightly dry aftertaste. Still, sweetness dominates and as the temperature of the beverage rises closer to room temperature, the flavors of pineapple and kiwi come closer to the surface.
Despite having an instantaneous dry aftertaste from the banana, the Green Machine Juice Smoothie has no lingering aftertaste and actually results in being a fairly decent thirst quencher.
As a healthy fruit beverage, Naked Green Machine Protein Juice Smoothie is designed to fill in some of the nutritional gaps one might have in their diet, without compelling consumers to take a pill. Nutritionally, Naked Green Machine is an exceptionally good option for those who are dieting or are trying to improve their health. Green Machine is primarily composed of apple juice, mango puree, and pineapple juice. It contains nothing bad, which might be why it expires so quickly. It is Vegan compliant, has no added sugar, preservatives, or genetically modified ingredients!
This drink is also exceptionally healthy for you. One serving of Green Machine has 140 calories and no fat. While there are 33 grams of sugars, the beverage has no cholesterol and 2 grams of protein! There is a negligible 15 mg (1% RDA) of sodium in each serving. A single serving is a significant source of Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12.
Naked Green Machine Protein Juice Smoothie comes in a plastic bottle and it keeps for only a few weeks. The bottle I bought at the beginning of June had an expiration date of August 8, 2012 and I suspect it lasts longer than things like the Protein Zone because there is no milk in it. And, it is not evil. This beverage must be refrigerated!
This drink is a fruit product and an opaque green. If this gets on clothes, it will certainly stain them, at least light clothes. Consult a care guide for your clothes, though I suspect light clothes would need bleach to get this out. Still, the drink wipes off surfaces easily with a cloth, assuming they are impermeable.
Naked Green Machine Boosted 100% Juice Smoothie tastes good and is healthy, which seems to be hitting the essentials for the health drink market! It is well worth picking up.
For other healthy beverages, please check out my reviews of:
Bolthouse Farms Strawberry + Yogurt + Granola Smoothie
Dole 100% Juice Orange Peach Mango
O.N.E. Active Cranberry Grapefruit Coconut Water
For other food reviews, please visit my index page for a complete listing by clicking here!
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