When I started flirting with the idea of relying on a superfood powder to get at least some of my greens, I felt like I was cheating on my health and betraying my body. But I decided that getting in some greens any way I could was better than going a day without them, so I did a little research to convince myself that this was a healthful choice.
At the same time, I was looking to add a probiotic supplement and maca root powder to my daily routine, so I headed over to my fave discount supplement and health food site to see what they had. That is where I discovered Greens Today Vegan Formula Superfood Powder by Nature's Answer.
Some of the features that initially drew me to this particular powder supplement was that it includes both maca root and a probiotic blend, it is significantly more affordable than some of the other vegan options and it is packed with a bunch of other good-for-you awesomeness.
Here is what the powder looks like...
Greens Today Vegan Formula Supplement Facts
So let's start with some of the goodness you will find in this superfood powder supplement...
As I mentioned above, it has a probiotic blend and maca root. It also have a 1,000mg fiber blend, a 250mg antioxidant blend, digestive enzymes and an immune-enhancing blend with CoQ10. The 4,000mg superfood blend includes organic spirulina, broccoli, organic alfalfa, organic barley grass, organic wheat grass, chlorella, organic spinach and kelp.
I posted a couple of pics below to show the supplement facts, but I will list some of them here in case it's hard to read:
Vitamin A - 100%
Vitamin C - 417%
Calcium - 50%
Iron - 25%
Vitamin D2 - 250%
Vitamin E - 780%
Vitamin B1 - 200%
Vitamin B2 - 118%
Niacin - 100%
Vitamin B6 - 250%
Folic Acid - 110%
Vitamin B12 - 500%
Biotin - 100%
Iodine - 100%
Manganese - 100%
There's even more goodness inside, but that gives you a pretty good idea of how this greens powder can be used as a dietary supplement that can be particularly beneficial to folks on a plant-based diet.
Here are pics of the back of the container with the supplement information...
Vegan Smoothie Recipes for Greens Today Superfood Powder
The directions on the package say to mix one scoop (for adults) or 1/2 scoop (for kids) with eight to 12 ounces of water, juice or plant milk. You can go right ahead and do this, if you'd like, but be prepared for a very green-tasting drink that might take a few tries to get used to. I started out mixing it with water and just told myself that it wasn't supposed to taste good -- it was just supposed to be good for me -- but I pretty quickly decided that adding more greens to my diet in this way would be a lot easier if I actually enjoyed drinking them.
If you are going to mix it with juice, I recommend trying pineapple juice. While the powder smells like alfalfa (and kind of tastes like it), blending it with pineapple juice makes the taste far more pleasant.
However, if you really want to make this a lasting addition to your daily routine, I recommend going the smoothie route.
I first tried adding Greens Today in a smoothie with coconut water, banana and blueberries. It came out all right and was drinkable, but it still wasn't something I actually looked forward to drinking.
I experimented a bit with different frozen fruits -- resulting in various levels of drinkability -- and then came upon what I consider the perfect, nutrient-packed green smoothie recipe for thoroughly enjoying this easy way to add more greens to your diet.
Actually, I have two favorites.
Here is the first one:
Potassium-Rich Smoothie with Greens Powder
11 ounces of coconut water (I use single-serving packs from the dollar store.)
1/2 cup frozen strawberries (from the dollar store)
3/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks (from the dollar store)
1 scoop of Greens Today Vegan Formula Superfood Powder
I sometimes also add two teaspoons of chia seeds and about one tablespoon of ground flaxseeds.
This vegan smoothie recipe is super easy to throw together and tastes great! The blend of pineapple chunks and the greens powder creates a cool, refreshing, delish flavor that I look forward to -- particularly now that the weather is heating up around here.
Here's the other healthy smoothie recipe I use for my superfood powder supplement...
Banana-Pineapple-Greens Smoothie Recipe
11 ounces of coconut water
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 scoop of Greens Today Vegan Formula Superfood Powder
Again, this makes a really refreshing smoothie that I love to sip on while I work.
I pretty much always use coconut water as the liquid base for my smoothies, since my particular health situation calls for an emphasis on getting enough potassium, but you can also use water or juice.
Greens Today Vegan Superfood Powder Review
While I haven't been using it long enough to really comment on whether or not I think it has given a boost to my immune system, I definitely would report more energy and agree that it seems to have a cleansing effect. This, of course, makes sense, since it has a fiber blend, probiotic blend and all sorts of detox-supporting nutrients.
As for its immune-boosting abilities, what I can say is that I have mild rosacea that seems to have improved since I've been taking this supplement. I can't really say that it is because this is enhancing immune system function, but it might be. Or, since we don't really know what causes rosacea, it could also be that it promotes alkalinity. Either way, it seems to have had an effect.
I haven't stopped taking my other daily vegan supplements yet (including calcium, magnesium, turmeric, omega-3 DHA and a multi-vitamin), but it does feel like I could cut back on some of them now that I use this vegan greens powder daily. My reason for continuing the others is that I'm still in the process of learning how to best manage that pesky neuro disorder I have, but I think someone in good health following a plant-based diet could successfully use this as a fresher, healthier option for the vitamins and minerals included.
Speaking of fresher -- I really like the fact that Greens Today has to be refrigerated after opening and that the company says to discard it after 90 days. That helped to alleviate some of my initial reservations about using a powdered greens supplement on days I can't easily include more fresh greens in my meal prep.
Where to Buy Greens Today Vegan Formula
You can purchase an 18-ounce container of Greens Today Vegan Formula Superfood Powder on the company website for $42.00 (at the time of this writing), but you can get it way cheaper at Vitacost.
That is where I buy mine for just $24.49 (a 42% savings), plus I get free shipping, since I order it along with other supplements, organic hair and beauty products, and vegan foods, and Vitacost offers free shipping on orders that total more than $49.00.
You can go to www.vitacost.com to sign up for a free membership, but you can also get a $10.00 credit from Vitacost to use on your first order if you sign up for that free membership using an invitation link from a current member.
So...here's your invitation link -- you are going to love all the organic, natural and vegan awesomeness they offer at discount prices!
I have more reviews coming (next up are raw, vegan bars and an organic brown rice protein powder), so check back soon!
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