We all know by now that green food is good for us. Right? Just nod and say, “yes.” It would be wonderful if we could all sit around munching kale and seaweed all day . . . but that isn’t going to happen. We know these things are good for us, excellent in fact, yet we don’t consume nearly enough of them. I don’t think we fully grasp the power that plants have to nourish and heal our bodies. This is one of the reasons that I juice vegetables. Getting down to pure juice gives your body such an instant flush of vitamins and minerals at the cellular level. It’s something that consuming food can’t do for you.
However, I realize that it isn’t feasible either budget-wise, or schedule-wise for a lot of people to make fresh juice every day. Now there are a lot of greens powders available. They are basically a lot of plant material that has been ground down (in most cases) and made into a powder that can be dissolved in water or thrown into smoothies to give you that super boost of nutrition. It’s convenience juicing. And I love it.
I have been on the hunt for a really good greens powder for a while. I wanted something we could take with us on vacation or that we could use on busy days or even to put in my smoothies whenever I needed something extra.
There are so many to choose from, and I found after searching that just because it’s green and in powder form, doesn’t mean the companies making it aren’t adding in a bunch of unnecessary ingredients. READ YOUR LABELS. A lot of times there are added sweeteners which I don’t care for. There can be anti-caking agents and other things added. It’s important to know what you are getting – especially when you are paying good money!
I have tried two different brands thus far and wanted to compare them for you.
The first greens powder I tried was Organifi. It is made by a juicing genius (Drew Canole of fitlife.tv) who I have followed for the past few years and so when he announced he was making his own greens powder, I got really excited. It sold out within 48 hours and then took FOREVER to ship. They didn’t expect that much interest and it exploded. I think mine took almost 3 months to get to me (that problem is fixed now). When I opened the first canister I was HAPPY. The color was so rich and dark and it smelled really good.
Organifi’s ingredient list (taken from organifi.com)
Chlorella is a green algae and a good source of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins, and minerals.
Known as the “life-blood” of plant life. Even the ancient egyptians worshipped this food for it’s positive health benefits.
A good source for plant protein! Spirulina is also high in iron and calcium. The Aztecs first discovered this food in Central America, and they consumed it daily for energy and strength.
We all know this herb as a fragrant addition to popular dishes and drinks. We have added this into our blend for the health benefits as well as the refreshing taste.
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh and contains powerful antioxidants.
Moringa is a plant that is native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. It is also grown in the tropics. The leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and root are used to make medicine.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen which is made of (a combination of amino acids, vitamins, and herbs) that modulate your response to stress or a changing environment. Adaptogens help the body cope with external stresses such as toxins in the environment and internal stresses.
This yellow fruit is not only nutritious, it also adds a nice citrus refreshment to the blend. We’ve added just enough to give it a light flavor without overpowering any of the other ingredients.
This natural refreshment is low in calories, naturally fat- and cholesterol free, high in potassium and electrolytes and is super hydrating.
Beets are good sources of folate, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants, as well as nitrates. Many people don’t care for the texture of raw beets, however, the isolated juice tastes great in the mix and is a nutritious super ingredient.
The place to find monk fruit today is in products, which use this as a natural sweetener. The powder is low glycemic and, and has sweetness approximately 170 times sugar.
other ingredients: organic rice bran soluble, organic lemon flavor, organic orange flavor, organic mint flavor, monk fruit
The thing that I love the most about Organifi, besides all of the incredible super foods it contains, is the processing. They juice the items, then remove the moisture – so you are getting juice powder, not just powdered greens! They also added coconut water crystals which help your body to absorb all of the nutrients from the greens/super foods. It is a very well thought-out product from someone who obviously has been juicing for a long time.
I also ordered some of doTERRA’s Terra Greens. I was curious about how it would hold up next to my organifi. A major difference in doTERRA’s product is that they add fruits as well as vegetables, and there aren’t as many “super foods” included.
Here are the ingredients:
- kale leaf powder
- dandelion greens powder
- spinach leaf powder
- parsley leaf powder
- collard greens leaf powder
- broccoli powder
- cabbage leaf powder
- wheat grass powder
- alfalfa juice powder
- oat grass powder
- barley grass powder
- oat grass juice powder
- barley grass juice powder
- pineapple juice powder
- guava fruit powder
- mango juice powder
- goji berry powder
- mangosteen powder
- acerola cherry powder
- lemon peel essential oil
- ginger root essential oil
- non-gmo sunflower lecithin
- citric acid
- guar gum
- gum arabic
- stevia extract
- xanthan gum
When I first opened the terra greens, I was a little disappointed just because they weren’t intensely green. I love doTERRA products a lot. I use their oils every day without fail and they have helped me and my family so much . . . but I really did not care for this product! The taste was not good. Even in a smoothie I couldn’t hide it. And this is coming from someone who drinks a lot of green juices and uses maca powder in smoothies (SUPER strong flavor). I just didn’t care for it. My kids noticed right away and didn’t like it. They usually drink their smoothies right up without any hesitation but my oldest daughter wouldn’t even finish hers. I think it’s all of the wheat grass/barley grass/oat grass that gives it a very strong flavor.
After trying both, I bet you can guess which product I prefer! I love the richness and ingredients in Organifi’s Green Juice Powder. I know I won’t ever go out and buy those ingredients at the store, so I love having them available to me in this form. It tastes great just mixed into water, and you can’t even tell when it’s in a smoothie (but it adds wonderful color). If you buy more than one canister the price per canister goes down. This is something I will keep on hand for sure. Now I have to use up the Terra Greens somehow though! If you are in the market for a greens powder, I would highly recommend Organifi.
*** Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. I was not given any free product for this post, all opinions and purchases of these powders were my own.