Sunday, September 27, 2015

Nature's Nectar Strawberry Banana Smoothie (Aldi)

Thick, and delicious!
A few weeks back we took a look at Aldi’s first smoothie offerings, which seem to be a takeoff of Bolthouse Farms products.  Imagine my delight when the Aldi ad revealed that they would be offering two more: strawberry banana (my favorite!) and berry blue; since my wife and I already had grocery shopping to do, I went ahead and scooped up the strawberry banana the first day it was made available.

I don’t think I’ve ever had the national brand strawberry banana smoothie, but I can’t see it being any better than this.  As with most of their smoothies, this features 100% juice; also as can be expected, strawberries and bananas factor in the most, though the juice from apples and pears also factor in to round out the taste.  The texture is perfect; it’s not too thin, not too thick, so it goes down easy.  Of course, just about anything with strawberry and banana is going to be pretty sweet, and this is no exception; there’s a relatively strong 29g of sugar per serving.  But I actually didn’t find the sweetness to be sickening, or over the top; I thought it was pretty evenly balanced between the two stars.  I’m not sure what purpose the apple and pear juices serve (maybe vitamin C?), as their taste can’t really be detected, but it’s common for these smoothies to have additional juices, either for coloring purposes, or to help round out the flavor.

Even though their “Super Green” smoothie is very good, it’s only fifty cents cheaper than the national brand that they carry all the time, and so I was faced with a bit of a quandary as to whether or not the fifty cents was really worth it.  Thankfully, Aldi makes the decision for this one much, much easier:  They do not carry the national brand strawberry banana smoothie.  When faced with the choice of buying it at Aldi for $2.49, or getting the same size at a supermarket for literally twice the price, THAT is certainly a no-brainer, and helps provide some excellent value.  Color me impressed with this one.

Overall: 8/10.  A delicious, refreshing smoothie with just the right texture; its titular ingredients combine evenly, without being too sweet.  Even better: Aldi doesn’t carry the national brand strawberry banana smoothie, so while I was torn between purchasing Aldi’s Super Green Smoothie vs. the-name-brand-green-smoothie-they-always-carry, citing a mere fifty cent difference, this decision is much easier, because there isn’t one.  Very delicious, and one I would get all the time, if they would offer it year ’round.

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