If you’re a somewhat health-conscious person living in the 21st century who’s walked through a grocery store, you know what a Naked smoothie is. Lined up in colorful rows with fun packaging and catchy names, this line of seemingly super-healthy juices are real attention-getters. They coincide with the growing conversion to vegan and plant-based diets, encapsulate health food trends like juicing, and touch upon buzzwords such as GMO-free, all-natural and green juice, just to name a few.

But just how healthy are these supposedly “healthy juices?” In recent years, the nutritional benefits of Naked juices have been shrouded in controversy and false claims. Further digging reveals evidence that drinking a bottle of Naked is less like eating a salad and more like gulping down high amounts of sugar, acid and calories — some even compare drinking Naked juices to downing a bottle of Mountain Dew (yikes). There’s even been a lawsuit over Naked’s deceptive marketing of “all-natural” ingredients used in their products.

For the record, we don’t actually know how nutritious Naked smoothies are (just that they’re kinda iffy). But are they homemade-with-fresh-ingredients healthy? Didn’t think so. Give these copycat recipes a go and stop worrying about zinc oxide and preservatives in your overpriced bottle of Green Machine.

Green Machine Copycat Smoothie

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:10 minutes
  • Servings:2
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 2 cup apples
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup spinach, lightly packed
  • 3/4 cup kale, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup mango, can be frozen
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 banana
  • Ginger root
Photo by Rebecca Fu
Photo by Rebecca Fu

Step 1

Chop fruit and veggies into smaller pieces.

 

Photo by Rebecca Fu
Photo by Rebecca Fu

Step 2

Blend for one minute, or until smooth.

#SpoonTip: Don’t forget about the ginger! It may be small, but it’s mighty. Chop off a chunk and throw it in for just the right amount of kick. 

Photo by Rebecca Fu
Photo by Rebecca Fu

Step 3

Serve and enjoy.

Photo by Rebecca Fu
Photo by Rebecca Fu

Red Machine Copycat Smoothie

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:10 minutes
  • Servings:2
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 13 raspberries
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup red seedless grapes (about 8)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup cranberry-pomegranate juice
Photo by Rebecca Fu
Photo by Rebecca Fu

Step 1

Chop into smaller pieces.

#SpoonTip: Fresh fruit is best, but frozen works just as well.

Photo by Rebecca Fu
Photo by Rebecca Fu

Step 2

Blend for a minute, or until smooth.

Photo by Rebecca Fu
Photo by Rebecca Fu

Step 3

Enjoy.

Photo by Rebecca Fu
Photo by Rebecca Fu

Blue Machine Copycat Smoothie

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:10 minutes
  • Servings:2
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 27 blueberries
  • 3 blackberries
  • 3 apples
  • 1 banana
Photo by Rebecca Fu
Photo by Rebecca Fu

Step 1

Chop fruit into smaller chunks.

Photo by Rebecca Fu
Photo by Rebecca Fu

Step 2

Blend for one minute, or until smooth.

#SpoonTip: Blend in 1/4 cup water if the smoothie seems too thick for your liking.

Photo by Rebecca Fu
Photo by Rebecca Fu

Step 3

Serve and enjoy.

Photo by Rebecca Fu
Photo by Rebecca Fu