How to get your kids to eat their 5-a-day: Love Smoothies product review

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We Love Smoothies! Image courtesy of Love Smoothies

With summer well and truly here (although you wouldn’t know it at the moment!) we were very excited to be sent a big box from the lovely people at Love Smoothies.

The box contained 25 small plastic packets, each filled with an assortment of frozen fruit for you to put straight into your freezer.

The idea behind this product is great because it makes it all so very very simple:

 

  1. You cut open one of the packets and put the frozen fruit straight into your blender
  2. You add 200ml of juice (it can be whatever flavour you’d like)
  3. You blend the mixture for 30 seconds
  4. Ta dah – you have a smoothie!

I must admit that I’ve never made smoothies for Gammon and Chips before (*slaps wrist in disgust at the thought of being such a lazy and neglectful mother*), mainly because of a) the perceived faff and mess involved and b) we don’t tend to have lovely exotic fresh fruit that you’d put in smoothies in the house.

Well, now I’ve got no excuse. Using Love Smoothies is SO easy and if I want to see mess, well, I’d better go and find it caked under the tray of Chips’ high chair, because I ain’t gonna find it here in my kitchen when making Love Smoothies!

The packets come in a scrummy array of flavours, including:

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Smoothie-making made easy. Image courtesy of Love Smoothies

  • Big 5 – pineapple, mango, strawberry and kiwi
  • Strawberry Split – strawberry and banana
  • Grape Escape – strawberry, grape, banana and blueberry
  • Pash ‘n’ Shoot – pineapple, mango and passionfruit puree
  • Berry Go Round – strawberry, blackberry and raspberry

But the BEST thing about Love Smoothies is that the fruit you put in is frozen, meaning you don’t have to add ice in order to cool it down to an ultra refreshing summer temperature. Lots of cafes, juice bars and festivals around the UK use the Love Smoothies method, but it’s great to know that you can have professional smoothies in your own home too.

The consistency is great too – it’s nice and thick, but still pourable, plus, one smoothie is half of your daily recommended fruit and vegetable intake (i.e. 2.5 of your ‘5-a-day’). And you can see EXACTLY what goes into it – not like some of these supposedly innocent brands you can buy off the supermarket shelf (*coughs* no names mentioned).

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Image courtesy of Love Smoothies

The first flavour we chose to make was a Grape Escape. It was a great family activity for us all to do, as it was so easy – there was no chopping, and Gammon and Chips could both help me put the ingredients into the blender and switch it on. I gave them both straws and spoons, and it went down a storm – they had a good 15 minutes of smoothie play demolishing it down. Who would have thought getting their 5-a-day could be quite so much fun, hey?

*Disclosure: we were sent a box full of Love Smoothies fruit packages in order to write this review, which we (obviously) got to keep. I always write honestly and would never recommend a product, or write dishonestly about a product, I didn’t like. You heard it here, folks – Love Smoothies are tip top!

6 thoughts on “How to get your kids to eat their 5-a-day: Love Smoothies product review

  1. Sounds like a great idea. And smoothies are pretty easy to make (especially with a handheld blender – not even that messy). We used to make with fruit from the market that was being sold off at the end of the day. But am sure that frozen would work nicely….and has the big advantage of being cool in the summer!

  2. Such a great idea! I always struggle to get my little one to each his 5 a day. This might be a way of upping the amount he gets!! #PoCoLo xxxx

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