Green is good – and in powder form it can be very beneficial. By Lindyl Crabb
Getting your five serves of vegetables a day can be tricky if you’re time poor, travelling or you simply don’t like eating them. A green supplement powder could be the answer. Made with vegetables, fruits and sea algae concentrated into a powder, a daily dose mixed with water or juice will support your vitamin and mineral intake and fill in the gaps when your diet is lacking nutrients, says nutritionist Dr Joanna McMillan.
But taking a green powder won’t make up for a poor diet, she adds. “Powders should supplement a good diet, they’re not intended to replace it. You’ll get optimal results from a varied diet with plenty of plant foods.” Look for a green powder that includes dark leafy greens and other whole ingredients because they provide a balance of nutrients which are more easily absorbed by the body. Here we look at what’s inside some of the most popular products.
IsoWhey Wholefoods Organic Mixed Greens with Matcha, $18.95 for 150g.
Get your dose of spinach, nettle, kale, celery, prickly pear and broccoli with this pineapple-flavoured powder. The added matcha green tea also provides potent antioxidants called catechins which help protect your body from disease. Mix it in water, coconut water or almond milk or try stirring it into a salad dressing.
Vital Greens, $32.95 for 120g.
Superfoods such as spirulina, spinach, sprouts and berries are among the 76 ingredients in this blend, while probiotics, prebiotics, vitamins and minerals have been added to create a complete daily supplement. For an extra health boost, it also includes herbs that help support the liver and nervous system. Try two teaspoons daily in water or juice.
NuZest Good Green Stuff, from $36.95 for 120g.
NuZest’s powder provides a wide spectrum of nutrients and is packed with more than 75 ingredients including vegetables, fruits and herbs. It’s supplemented with extra vitamins, minerals and pea protein and has been flavoured and sweetened with stevia. Drink it chilled and avoid mixing it with a hot drink.
WelleCo The Super Elixir, from $49 for 150g.
Two teaspoons of The Super Elixir provide nutrients from a variety of green vegetables, grasses, mushrooms, fruits and herbs. Probiotics, vitamins and minerals have been added and flavours and sweeteners give the powder a pineapple flavour. It’s best mixed in a cold drink and should not be heated.
The Beauty Chef Cleanse Inner Beauty Powder, $59.95 for 150g.
Pulses are a key ingredient in this organic greens formula. As well as the usual vegetables, grasses, sprouts and algae, this powder contains fibre-rich chickpeas, beans and lentils. The product has also undergone fermentation so it’s a source of gut-friendly prebiotics and probiotics. Have it daily in a smoothie or sprinkled
on your breakfast.
Amazonia Raw Prebiotic Greens, from $34.95 for 120g.
This option is made with apple juice, vanilla bean and mint flavours so it’s a treat for your tastebuds. The mix includes organic green leafy vegetables, sprouts, spirulina and sea minerals and a blend of nutrients that promote detoxification. If you don’t like drinking your greens you can sprinkle the powder onto cereal or yoghurt.
Bare Blends Bare Greens, from $29.99 for 100g.
Organic spinach and kale, matcha green tea, microgreens, grasses and chlorella are blended with freeze-dried apple, mango and lemon juice in this green powder. Sweetened with monk fruit powder, there are no extra ingredients or flavours. If you want to get creative add it to pesto, scrambled eggs or in a salad dressing.
Forest Super Foods Organic Super Greens, $63.90 for 500g.
There are just five ingredients in this powder – wheatgrass, spirulina, chlorella, kale and barley grass – which provide a balance of antioxidants and nutrients including calcium and iron. All ingredients are organic and there are no added sweeteners. Mix one or two teaspoons daily in water, juice or a smoothie.
Nature’s Way Super Greens Plus, from $22.99 for 100g.
This powder’s extensive list of 81 ingredients includes spirulina, chlorella, vegetables, berries and seeds. The formula is boosted with antioxidant-rich green tea leaf extract which contains caffeine, added vitamins and minerals and pea protein. To enhance the taste stevia and a mixed berry flavour have been used.