Sometimes I wonder if it is just a bad habit food companies have gotten into with the use of added sugars, artificial colours and flavours. There doesn’t seem to be any reason why they ruin perfectly good combo’s by over-complicating the recipe.
For example 1 cup of raspberry flavoured organic kefir from Liberté here in Quebec. It has 26g of sugar that comes from an “organic fruit preparation” that includes ‘organic sugar, water organic raspberry puree, natural flavor, pectin and citric acid’. Its a pale pink and tastes a bit fake.
I make exactly the same thing using their plain kefir (8g of sugar per 1 cup) and about 1/3 of a cup of frozen organic raspberries (2g of sugar) in the blender – it tastes fab and it looks better, see? ————->>
I have this as a treat, but my husband uses it as the base of many of his morning smoothies. They don’t have the nice pink colour, but that’s because he also throws in a big handful of spinach, a scoop of protein powder, greek yoghurt and some almond milk.