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Dunkin Donuts Reduced Calorie Smoothie versus Starbucks Vivanno Review

Reviewed by Tanya Jackson | Aug 1, 2008
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Coffee Shop Smoothies

Call this Battle of the Reduced Calorie Coffee Shop Smoothies. The contenders: the new Starbucks Vivanno Orange Mango Banana Smoothie versus Dunkin Donuts Reduced Calorie Berry Smoothie. We talked about Starbucks Vivanno over at Food-Notes.com when it was introduced as Starbucks latest menu addition in the "lower calorie" options. Dunkin Donuts is doing something similar with their DDSmart Menu, which features this reduced calorie smoothies in addition to other "healthier" options.

Nutrition Facts: Both are 250 calories with similar amount of fat as shown below. What separates the two is that Starbucks Vivanno has less sugar, more fiber and more protein, while Dunkin Donuts has more Vitamin C and Calcium. Looks like Starbucks comes out slightly ahead on this one.

Nutrition FactsDunkin Donuts Reduced Calorie Berry SmoothieStarbucks Vivanno
Calories250250
Total Fat (g)2 (3%)2 (3%)
Saturated Fat (g)1 (5%)1 (5%)
Trans Fat (g)00
Cholesterol (mg)10 (3%)5 (2%)
Sodium (mg)160 (7%)120 (5%)
Total Carbohydrates (g)4947
Fiber (g)1 (4%)6 (25%)
Sugar (g)4132
Protein (g)616
Vitamin C100%25%
Calcium20%10%

Taste: Starbucks Vivanno isade with a whole banana blended with all natural Naked Juice and a proprietary whey protein & fiber powder, 2% milk and ice. The barista that made mine (corner of 48th and 8th in Hells Kitchen), said he is the champ at making them. And mine was pretty good. I thought it was thick enough for a smoothie and although the mango flavor was intense, I quite liked it. More reviews from Serious Eats, who found it watery.

Dunkin Donuts Reduced Calorie Berry Smoothie is made with yogurt and real fruit (blackberry puree, blackberry concentrate and blueberry concentrate [ingredients list can be found at their website]). The taste was much more creamy than Starbucks and the berry flavor was also prominent. I think I give Dunkin Donuts the edge in terms of taste, but not by much.

Price: They both cost around $4.00, although Dunkin Donuts is a little cheaper at around $3.75.

Overall: I think it's a tie. I would probably go for Dunkin Donuts because it's cheaper and has the same calories as Starbucks Vivanno. But just remember, although 250 calories is not a lot by itself - if you're on a diet, this is where you could be/ should be cutting calories. The rating below is for both products.

Rating
Taste: 4.5
Nutrition: 3.5
Price: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
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