The Good: Good taste, Very nutritious
The Bad: Expensive, Could use a little more banana flavor for my taste!
The Basics: Bolthouse Farms Vitamin Rich Strawberry Banana All Natural Fruit Smoothie is one of the best fruit beverage offerings from Bolthouse Farms.
I don’t get to have a lot of foods with banana anymore. My wife is, apparently, allergic to bananas and when she consumes them, her throat closes up. That’s a pretty dire consequence for consuming such a simple fruit. So, with her gone for a few days, I am able to enjoy things with banana in them. One of the first things I picked up after she left was the Bolthouse Farms Strawberry Banana fruit smoothie. Still committed to eating and drinking healthy in her absence, I picked up a 32 fl. oz. container of Bolthouse Farms Vitamin Rich Strawberry Banana All Natural Fruit Smoothie when I found one severely discounted at the grocery store two days ago.
And it is good. Despite the usual expense of Bolthouse Farms beverages, the Vitamin Rich Strawberry Banana All Natural Fruit Smoothie is a delicious, healthy fruit drink that is well worth picking up!
Bolthouse Farms 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 beverage that is enhanced with nutrients. Bolthouse Farms Vitamin Rich Strawberry Banana comes in a 32 fl. oz. plastic bottle that is smooth and very portable. The #1 recyclable bottle is filled with the opaque light pink liquid, which looks much like a Strawberry shake. The Vitamin Rich Strawberry Banana is also available in a 15.2 fl. oz. container. Bolthouse Farms juice products is one of the leading manufacturer of healthy prepared beverages, both of fruit juices and dairy beverages.
The 32 fl. oz. bottle is intended to give consumers a full four servings and it is worthwhile for that!
Ease Of Preparation
Bolthouse Farms Vitamin Rich Strawberry Banana All Natural Fruit Smoothie is a liquid in a 32 fl. oz. bottle and is a ready-to-drink beverage. So, preparation is as easy as opening a plastic bottle. Strawberry Banana 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 may 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.
Bolthouse Farms Vitamin Rich Strawberry Banana smells strongly of bananas. In fact, any sense of strawberry in the beverage is completely absent from the scent of the drink. This smells like it would be a very strong, banana-flavored drink.
Ironically, the taste is not entirely congruent with the aroma. Instead, this drink is very sweet and fruity, clearly the flavor of strawberries. The usual tartness that comes from real, actual, strawberries is cut by the banana, which gives this fruit smoothie a more milky texture and flavor to it than a non-dairy beverage usually has. The flavor is that of true strawberries, not the processed flavor many people associate with strawberries, with a slightly dry aftertaste indicative of bananas.
The Vitamin Rich Strawberry Banana All Natural Protein Shake has a slightly dry aftertaste, but it is not oppressive and does not make this drink less of a thirst-quencher.
As a healthy fruit beverage, Bolthouse Farms Vitamin Rich Strawberry Banana All Natural Fruit Smoothie is designed to fill in some of the nutritional gaps one might have in their diet, while tasting pretty awesome to boot! Nutritionally, Bolthouse Farms Vitamin Rich Strawberry Banana is an exceptionally good option for those who are dieting or are trying to improve their health. Vitamin Rich Strawberry Banana is primarily composed of strawberry puree, banana puree, and apple juice concentrate. It contains nothing bad and is both gluten free and Vegan compliant! As well, there are no preservatives, artificial flavors or colors or genetically modified ingredients!
This drink is also very healthy for you. One serving of Vitamin Rich Strawberry Banana has 120 calories and no fat. While there are 27 grams of sugars, the beverage has no cholesterol and a gram of protein! Incredibly, there are only 10 mg (1% RDA) of sodium in each serving! A single serving is a full day’s worth of Vitamin C in it!
Bolthouse Farms Vitamin Rich Strawberry Banana All Natural Fruit Smoothie comes in a plastic bottle and it keeps for only a few weeks. The bottle I bought on clearance was on clearance because it expired the next day! This beverage must be refrigerated.
This drink is a fruit product and light pink. If this gets on clothes, it is likely to 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 the surface is impermeable.
Bolthouse Farms Vitamin Rich Strawberry Banana All Natural Fruit Smoothie tastes great and, despite not being quite as healthy as some of the Bolthouse beverages, is well worth recommending!
For other Bolthouse beverages, please check out my reviews of:
Protein Plus Mango All Natural Fruit Shake
100% Carrot Juice
Antioxidant Rich Berry Boost Fruit Smoothie
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