Tuesday, October 29, 2013

V8 V-Fusion® Refreshers Review

Whenever you see me drinking a beverage, you can guarantee that it's water.  Sometimes you have to add some flavor to an ordinary drink and make it exciting.  I don't drink soda, but I do enjoy flavored seltzer, flavored water, and unsweetened iced tea.  On the rare occasion I do have a glass of juice, I limit myself to only enjoying one.  Life's short and you just have to treat yourself sometimes!

V8 V-Fusion® Refreshers are a light and crisp fruit drink with a 20-25% blend of vegetable and fruit juices that come in four delicious and unique family pleasing flavors.  The line-up includes black cherry berry, cranberry grape, tangerine passionfruit, and peach strawberry.  The juices are naturally sweetened, contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, and are an excellent source of Vitamin C.

I'm always on the lookout for a drink that not only tastes great, but has some nutritional value as well.  I don't have children, but there's no reason why I can't make sure my nutrition is accounted for.  I was sent a bottle of the black cherry berry, and tangerine passionfruit.  I was excited to try the drink as well as receive nutritional benefits from it.  What a win-win, right?

What I first noticed when looking at their bottles was the beautiful packaging.  There were bright and bold pictures of the fruit relevant to the flavor on each bottle.  The colors were vivid and beautiful.  Before I tried the juices, I read over the nutritional facts.  I liked that they contained no high fructose corn syrup, but did have 100% vitamin C per bottle.  The high sugar content put me off a little bit, honestly.  I don't normally love very sweet drinks.  The sugar content was about 22 grams, which is a lot. 

I tried the black cherry berry first.  The cold juice was refreshing and I certainly tasted the flavor of the berry blend.  I have to admit it was very sweet, even though it's naturally sweetened.  No extra sugar is added.  I had to dilute it with water to be able to try more of it.  It was smooth going down and I enjoyed the fact that it contains fruit and vegetables in each glass. 

The tangerine passionfruit wasn't my favorite.  I am not a big fan of citrus fruits at all.  I don't even drink orange juice.  The blend of passionfruit and tangerine is an interesting combination though. 

I think if the sugar content were to be reduced, I would enjoy the beverage much more.  These juices would be perfect for a parent to give their child, especially if they need more fruits and veggies in their diet.

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