I got it because I want to get rid of some of this "sad weight" I've put on. I actually should calling it "saddage weight" since it is from mood and age! Ha!
Greens Plus Superfood Raw was a bit of an impulse buy. I was strolling through the local Carrs/Safeway store's health food section, trying to find something that would help with the whole "I seriously need energy" thing. When I saw the GPSR, I recalled reading something in a forum about such "superfood" blends helping with the immune system. Another benefit I could use. With a $25 dollar price tag, the GPSR should probably come with a blender and some utensils...
I googled to see where else the product might be available locally for cheaper, and... No such luck. Since I haven't really done anything frivolous with the recent PFD money I got, I went ahead and splurged. Because I will return for refund if something I buy doesn't work for me.
What almost made me return it was what it looks like.
What made me give the first taste a try was remembering how yucky my wheat grass powder also looks. It's not as yucky as it looks, so...
Let's check the label one more time to see if I might be able to use this stuff:
That's a lot of stuff - green and otherwise. Of course, I had to Google most of the ingredients.
- Barley grass
- Wheat grass
- Alfafa grass
- Oat grass
- Dandelion leaf
- Stevia leaf
- Red beet juice (potential benefits & second mention)
- Spirulina (warning: annoying pop up!)
- Chlorella (first link and second)
- Dunaliella salina algae (what it is vs possible benefits)
- Nova Scotia dulse (love that the blog is just unfinished!)
- AppleBoost (dehydrated apple peel powder)
- Sambuzon acai berry ('Sambuzon' is the brand, Acai info.)
- Acerola berry juice powder (thoughtful info & health info)
- 2 probiotic cultures (link 1, link 2, and link 3)
Whenever I read an ingredient list like this, I realize how little I have lived, travelled or hung out with people who read nature magazines.
You can check out the links to the various ingredients - or at least the links I found interesting - but I can tell you about the taste of this blend. It is not bad. Not bad at all.
I'm pretty relieved about the taste because I read some of the Amazon reviews and, boy, some people went in!
While the taste is not bad, I hate the slight grit. Maybe if I blended the powder into a smoothie, it would be better, but I don't really have my own kitchen so that's kind of a hassle. I simply add the powder to about 8 ounces of any juice with a strong flavor of its own. Apple cider works best, but I also use regular apple juice. Yesterday, I added some to one of those sugar-laden aloe drinks and that didn't work out so well. For one thing, the powder clumped up with the aloe pulp. For another thing, too much sweetness. Ick. I will stick with the apple ciders and juices.
I think that blending this would help with the grittiness. For now, I just add a touch more juice to thin out the dregs. The taste would be pleasant if not for the grit.
The suggestion on the label is to do 1 scoop,3 times a day. The first couple of days I stuck to that, but I forgot the third scoop until late last night. There does seem to be a bit of an energy boost - or maybe that's psychosomatic? - so I didn't want to use the powder so close to bedtime. However real the energy boost is, I will say that I don't feel so hungry all the time.
My feeling is that this adds a lot of nutrients that I'm not getting (when I let my eating habits go downhill) so my body is not craving as much. Basically what I have been doing the past week is fixing a pot of pinto beans with seasoned ground beef and, throughout the day, eating four or five small servings with corn bread. Beans are fiber (filling), meat is good protein (and flavorful), and cornbread is, well... cornbread is just delicious.
I have just about 10 days before I travel. I'd like to not look like a half opened can of biscuits. My bloating is down (in spite of the beans) and I stay full longer.
So, if you are wondering about this product, I can tell you that it's really doesn't taste bad. It's probably yummy in simple smooties. Matter of fact, this might be great for when you only have some liquid and one fruit but want a smoothie as a meal replacement. ~shrug~
Finally, there is one HUGE negative I see with this (other than the grit) is that it's sold by weight. I was very disappointed at the cost when I opened the container and saw that almost a third of it was just air. I mean, why the deception with the too-big container? That's something that will make me look around for a different brand next time.
P.S.: I didn't link to this brand because I am put off by the packaging. When I see a can that big, I expect more product for the money and the brands know that!