If you struggle to eat your greens on the regular, a green powder is intriguing. They claim to have everything—dried seaweed, vegetables, fruits, probiotics, enzymes, and other ingredients. Simply mix a li’l scoop into water or a smoothie and you’ve consumed your nutrients straight down your gullet without any meal prep.
We tested five of the most popular green powder brands on the market, noting things like taste, ingredients, and whether the companies could actually deliver on promises made, based on science.
After drinking five different green powders for five days each (that’s 25 glasses), our top pick is Ora Organic Greens Powder. It has grasses, seaweeds, green veggies, ashwagandha, and is sweetened with monk fruit. We liked it because it has (in our opinion) the best flavor, a medium number of all-organic ingredients, is impressively transparent, and makes mostly-reasonable marketing claims. The only con was that it left a little sludge at the bottom of the glass.
Our second favorite was—you’ve probably heard of it—Athletic Greens. The main reason it didn’t get the top spot is because of just HOW MANY vitamins come in a serving. Like 533% daily value for Vitamin E, 917% daily value for B12, and 1100% daily value for biotin. Not toxic levels, but excessive. Basically, your pee is going to be vitamin-rich. As I talked about in a previous issue—“Do you look at your pee?”—I noticed that my pee was a subtle neon-hue after I started taking daily Athletic Greens. Now I realize that’s probably a sign that I’m consuming more water-soluble vitamins than my body needs. (It costs a lot to pee this green.)
Still, we enjoyed its taste and convenience (it comes with its own resealable pouch and bottle) of Athletic Greens, and it’s in the runner’s up spot. You can check out our full ranking of green powders in more detail here.
Melanie, editor at Nessie Sightings
PS — Have you had a green beverage today? Respond with what kind!
(We see you Kristyn G. and Victoria A., who ate their greens last week)