Sep 19, 2014

Frozen Friday: Dole - Smoothie Shakers

Dole Smoothie Shakers are meant to be a convenient solution to smoothie-making for when you don't have access to a blender. Each container comes with pieces of fruit and tiny balls of yogurt that you'll need to add juice to before you can shake it up for a quick smoothie.

I tried the strawberry banana flavor as well as the wild berry. They retail for $2.19 each (may vary) for a 4-oz canister. I received these courtesy of Dole though.

I had a bit of a mishap with these where they melted and congealed into a slush rather than separated little bits due to my power going out for over a day, but they seemed to turn out okay. I just had to break up the mass a bit before adding juice and shaking.

There's a little fill line and window on the back to let you know where to stop depending on whether you want your smoothie to turn out "thick" or "extra thick." Both turned out like cold, thickened juice for me though.

I went with orange juice to make my smoothies and it's pretty easy to make. Just pour the juice in an shake for a little less than a minute and you're good to go.

There's a little bit of stevia (a natural no-calorie sweetener) in the Smoothie Shakes (in addition to sugar). It tends to have a bitter aftertaste that lingers a bit. I didn't notice the aftertaste in the strawberry banana smoothie (banana tends to blunt unpleasant notes in smoothies so, say, you don't like the taste of kale in your smoothie, but want the nutrition, thrown in a banana... or two), but it was definitely there in the wild berry.

The strawberry banana smoothie had a tasty, tangy strawberry-orange flavor. Oddly, the banana taste was very light. The wild berry was almost sour with a decent berry flavor (and the aforementioned aftertaste). Between the two, I would definitely go for the strawberry banana smoothie.

Overall, Dole's Smoothie Shakers made for pretty standard, but good, smoothie drinks that are pretty convenient to pack in a cooler.

Nutritional Info - Dole Smoothie Shaker - Strawberry Banana
Serving Size - 4 oz (113g)
Calories - 90 (from Fat - 20)
Fat - 2g (Saturated Fat - 1g)
Sodium - 35mg
Carbs - 17g (Sugar - 13g)
Protein - 3g

Nutritional Info - Dole Smoothie Shaker - Wild Berry
Serving Size - 4 oz (113g)
Calories - 100 (from Fat - 20)
Fat - 2g (Saturated Fat - 1g)
Sodium - 40mg
Carbs - 17g (Sugar - 13g)
Protein - 5g

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