This is a sponsored review by BlogHer and V8 V-Fusion + Tea.First, a confession: I don’t like tomatoes.
Growing up, we always had V-8 in the fridge, the original V-8 in the can, and I never drank even a sip of the stuff. My mom and sister both regularly enjoyed the traditional V-8 to get extra servings of vegetables, but I steered clear. It looked so full of tomatoes.
You might be wondering, then, what I could possibly have been thinking when I agreed to sample and review the new V-8 V-Fusion + Tea. I’ll admit, I was a little apprehensive (would it taste, you know, all tomato-y?). My sister has been suggesting for a couple of years that I try some of V-8's new products, promising that they tasted tomato-less. (I also don’t like fish and people often say that the fish they order “doesn’t taste fishy,” which fools me into trying a bite. But you know, fish always tastes fishy. Always. It is fish after all.) In any event, while I trust my sister, I never took a chance on a bottle of V-8 V-Fusion or V-8 V-Fusion + Tea because I didn’t want to spend $3.99 on a bottle of juice that tasted like a tomato.
When the big box of V-8 V-Fusion + Tea arrived on my doorstep, I hesitantly pulled the bottles out and set them on the counter. They didn’t look like tomato juice. I opened the Raspberry Green Tea. It didn’t smell like tomato juice. I filled a glass with ice and poured myself some of the beverage. It didn’t taste like tomato juice. In fact it was delicious. I poured myself another glass.
Let the record show: this is not your mom’s V-8.
Let the record also show: my sister was right.
I sampled all three flavors—Raspberry Green Tea, Pomegranate Green Tea, and Pineapple Mango Green Tea—and they are light, sweet, and refreshing. Each glass provides a serving of fruits and vegetables and has just 50 calories. Plus, you get the antioxidant power of green tea and there is no added sugar. And, I promise, not even a hint of tomato (not that you likely care as much as I do).
I’ll admit, I was surprised, pleasantly so, and I am loving having a new low-calorie, nutritional option. I think I’ll keep a bottle at work for a light afternoon refresher and another at home for evenings on the patio. It’s a very versatile drink—I even had a glass of the Pineapple Mango this morning with my pumpkin pancakes.
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