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Drink Spotlight: Innocent Totally Tropical Smoothie



Pineapples, bananas and coconuts. One of them reminds of you of nice hot places, one of them reminds you of nice hot places and one of them reminds you of nice hot places. Do you see what we're trying to say?

Well, if not, we should make it clear - this drink tastes of sunshine. Not that watery stuff that you get in the UK for five or six days of the year, but the great, clear, life-affirming rays that you'll only find where these fruits are grown. So even if you've used up your holiday allowance on lots of mini-breaks to Prague and Oslo, you can still find a little bit of the tropics in this recipe. Just close your eyes, whack on the factor 16 and have a mouthful. Il fait soleil.


  • 2 of your 5-a-day in every bottle or 250ml serving
  • contains 5 different types of fruit
  • is a source of vitamin c



nutrition information

per 100ml per serving (250ml)
energy 280kj (66.9kcal) 700kj (167.3kcal)
fat 0.7g 1.8g
 of which saturates 0.6g 1.5g
carbohydrate 14g 35g
 of which sugars 12g 31g
fibre 1.1g 2.8g
protein 0.8g 2g
salt 0g 0g
vitamin c 28mg (35% NRV) 70mg (88% NRV)

NRV = Nutrient Reference Value

energy fat saturates sugars
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167.3kcal 1.8g 1.5g 31g
8% 2% 8% 34%

250ml as a % of the reference intake of an average adult (8 400 kj/ 2 000 kcal)



About the company

We started innocent in 1999 after selling our smoothies at a music festival. We put up a big sign asking people if they thought we should give up our jobs to make smoothies, and put a bin saying 'Yes' and a bin saying 'No" in front of the stall. Then we got people to vote with their empties. At the end of the weekend, the 'Yes' bin was full, so we resigned from our jobs the next day and got cracking.

Since then we've started making coconut water, juice and kids' stuff, in our quest to make natural, delicious, healthy drinks that help people live well and die old.



Company: innocent
Brand: Totally Tropical Smoothie
Origin: UK
Category: Smoothie
Packaging: 250ml
Claims: Contains 5 types of fruit, great source of Vitamin C.
Variants: View Full Range Here
Price: Coming soon
Where to Buy: Coming soon
Website: http://www.innocentdrinks.co.uk/



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Baby Spotlight: Happy Baby Bananas, Raspberries & Oats Baby Food



The sweetness and tang of organic North American raspberries shine in this recipe, a welcome addition to a delicious, hearty puree of organic bananas and gluten free oats. Think of this as baby’s first breakfast, with nutritional goodness including vitamin C and potassium.




organic banana puree, organic raspberry puree, water, milled organic whole grain gluten free oats, <1% of: ascorbic acid (vitamin c), organic lemon juice concentrate.



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About the company

Happy Family is a mom-founded and -operated premium organic food company that’schanged the way we feed our children. When Founder and CEO Shazi Visram saw her friend, a new mom, struggle to find healthy food options for her baby, she found her purpose: give babies their healthiest, happiest beginning by offering parents organic, thoughtfully-made food. She didn’t just envision a business—she saw a social imperative to address the health issues linked to childhood nutrition.

Launched on Mother’s Day 2006 as Happy Baby, we've grown up into Happy Family and offer a comprehensive, for-all-ages assortment of organic meals and snacks. We've partnered with game-changing organizations since day one, and continue to nourish more healthy bodies worldwide.



Company: Happy Family
Brand: Happy Baby Bananas, Raspberries & Oats Baby Food
Origin: US
Category: Baby Food
Packaging: 113g pouch
Claims: Non-GMO, for baby's 6+ months, USDA organic.
Variants: View product range here
Price: 1-pack $2.49, 16-pack $33.84
Where to Buy: US, Buy OnlineStore Locator
Website: http://happyfamilybrands.com/



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Tattooed Bananas, Pop Culture Icons Pricked Into the Skin

Honey of Sweet Station uses a safety pin to carefully prick tattoos of pop culture icons into the skin of bananas. She says, “I spend half an hour to 2 hours on each piece. After they are completed, I photographed and eat them.”

Bob Marley

Blues Brothers

Jim Morrisson

Gene Simmons

via You Creatives, Foodiggity

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Green Bananas Make Good Gluten-Free Pasta

People currently quaking with fear under the fearsome specter of the great demon gluten may have another option for enjoying the foods the rest of us take for granted, like pasta. Researchers have discovered a new type of flour that might make a less terrible gluten-free pasta, and that flour actually comes from green bananas.

According to The Huffington Post, researchers from the University of Brazil made flour from the green bananas, and then made pasta from that. The gluten-free, green-banana pasta apparently won in taste tests comparing it with whole-wheat pasta, which is definitely not the same thing as passing taste tests against regular pasta, but is still better than nothing. The results of the study were published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Full Article @ TDM

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Walnuts and Bananas, the Dynamic Duo

A few months ago we examined what has become the almost ubiquitous pairing of macadamia nuts with white chocolate. This week we're pondering another nutty dynamic duo—walnuts and bananas!

The grocery store abounds with products that pair walnuts and bananas. There is Banana Walnut ice cream and of course Banana Walnut muffin mix along with the Seinfeld-popularized muffin top, not to mention various energy bars, cereals, and granolas.

But how did this iconic combo come to be so popular? It's hard to say, but increased use of baking powder in the 1930's helped to popularize the baking of "quick breads" at home. Banana bread is the most popular of these quick breads, and the major produce shipping companies distributed millions of free recipe pamphlets featuring bananas in the early part of the 20th century. The Joy of Cooking is credited with the bringing banana bread recipe to prominence in the 1960's and encouraging experimentation with different spices and nuts, including walnuts.

view full article at SeriousEats

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Banana Diet Fad in Japan

Want a banana? Can’t find one. Supposedly bananas are harder to find by 12 noon in Japan. They get sold out. The morning diet is eat a banana with room temperature water and then eat a lunch and dinner or any size, no dessert and sleep by midnight. Yes, do you think it’s really going to work? Who’s behind these diets and how do they get started? It’s usually a “quack” who makes a statement of some sort, has very thin proof, and off to the races the idea goes. If they could do this often with paying scams, they’d be richer than they probably already are. How about “Banana Pills”? It’s a fad, and like many diets in Japan, it’ll pass. (Time – Banana Diet)


via GiantRobot

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