Food

The Best Greens Powders You’ll Actually Want to Drink

the-best-greens-powders-you’ll-actually-want-to-drink

the-best-greens-powders-you’ll-actually-want-to-drink

Is the best greens powder the one that packs the most certified organic vegetables into one daily dose? The one that promises glowing skin, a hardy digestive system, and a boosted immune system? We’d argue that the best greens powder is the one that you are actually going to drink, and the dusty bottles of multivitamins and dietary supplements in the back of your “wellness drawer” would agree. So while the packaging will tell you plenty, the real question—”Is this something I’m going to be willing to consume once a day?”—can only be answered by a taste test.

Greens powders have undeniable appeal. Kale salads for life, but why wouldn’t you want to gas up your morning smoothie with all the vitamins and nutrients that leafy greens provide? It seems like you can’t swing a crystal without hitting a new superfood supplement brand on the market, so whether you’re interested in elevating your overall health or you just want something that tastes good, there is likely an option for you—and we’re here to help you find it.

First, we subjected our coworkers to an exhaustive taste test of the most popular greens powders on the market. While several products use sweeteners to mellow out the grassy taste, we found our favorites didn’t shy away from earthy flavors or hide behind artificial flavoring. They tasted as advertised—like powdered greens and proud of it.

After narrowing the field to the products we deemed delicious, we consulted two registered nutritionists: New York based Amy Shapiro (MS, RD, CDN,) and Los Angeles based Mascha Davis (MPH, RDN). They sifted through the hype and assessed the real impact of the best greens powders on the market.

This article was originally written in 2017 by Aliza Abarbanel and has been updated by Tiffany Hopkins.

All products featured on Bon Appétit are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

  • Photo by Chelsie Craig

    Amazing Grass Green Superfood

    The Claim: Amazing Grass makes its products using organic, non-GMO fruits and vegetables sourced from a national network of small farmers. Its original Green Superfood powder blends vegetables, fruits, and greens with digestive enzymes and probiotics like wheatgrass, barley, alfalfa, acai, and spirulina to increase energy levels, promote detoxification, and boost the immune system. 

    The Reality: “I am a fan of this product. There are many different greens here, and I love that the probiotics are paired with fiber. When probiotics have a prebiotic to feed off of, they have a higher likelihood of surviving transport through your gut,” Shapiro tells us. She was very impressed by the high dose of Vitamin K (one serving has a whopping 85% of the recommended daily dose), and lack of added sugars. This greens supplement also has a dose of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. There’s no shortage of micronutrients here. 

    The Taste: In our taste test, this powder proved to be one of the sweetest of the bunch, but it still featured “earthy and honest” grassy notes that we enjoyed. Tasters noted hints of matcha and “a raspberry iced tea vibe that would be stellar in a smoothie.” They’re not the only ones with that idea—this is the same green powder Elske chef Anna Posey blends into her morning smoothie.

  • Photo by Chelsie Craig

    Sun Potion Green Adaptogen Powder

    The Claim: Sun Potion Transformational Foods is a California-based company that only uses organically farmed or foraged products. It’s extremely popular among the California wellness set and has a permanent place in Alison Carroll’s Joshua Tree pantry. With only three ingredients—suma, maca, and chlorella—and no artificial sweeteners or additives, its Green Adaptogen Powder claims to boost energy and strengthen immunity.

    The Reality:Adaptogens are a hot topic right now,” Davis says. “Maca seems to have some impact on hormones, which can either be a good or bad thing, depending on your needs. Women who have hormone sensitive conditions like breast or ovarian cancer or endometriosis may want to avoid it.” Shapiro doesn’t view this product as essential, but she is particularly supportive of vegans using this supplement, as it contains significant amounts of vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids, which are mostly found in animal products. 

    The Taste: This powder featured ocean-y flavors that “smelled like burnt marshmallows” and reminded one taster of “licking a rock by the ocean.” That unusually descriptive comment was meant in a positive light—the overwhelming consensus was that this product “tasted like greens should” and would be an excellent smoothie ingredient.

  • Photo by Chelsie Craig

    The Beauty Chef Cleanse Inner Beauty Powder

    The Claim: The Beauty Chef is an organic skin-care company created by Carla Oates, the Australian author of the book Feeding Your Skin. The Cleanse Inner Beauty Powder claims to “help detox and purify your body on the inside, promoting smoother, clearer skin on the outside” through a blend of bio-fermented greens. 

    The Reality: “I like that this product contains lots of greens, probiotics, and prebiotics, which is the best environment for these components to thrive in,” Shapiro says. However, she dislikes the use of three different sweeteners (honey, molasses, and stevia) in a single product. Davis also praises the mix of greens, but notes that “part of the reason that all of these greens are so highly touted for their health benefits is that when they are eaten as whole foods, they are super filling and essentially can take the place of other less healthy foods.” In other words, eating these greens raw is the most effective method. 

    The Taste: Many of the powders we tasted had assertive flavors, but the Beauty Chef’s organic greens powder had a more subtle taste that won a couple devoted fans. They noted hints of kale, broccoli, and sesame, describing a mellow flavor profile that prompted one noted green-powder-hater to write “I actually like this! I would drink this!”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *