Well let me first pose a question. Did you know that the “juicing” industry has grown to a $5 billion a year industry? Much of that growth is due to the spike in popularity of organic green drinks in the US and EU. These days it’s hip to walk around with a shaker-bottle filled with green sludge and whether you are grinding your own produce in your fancy, high-end machine or picking a packaged powder off the shelf at Whole Foods Market, the juicing industry is here to stay.
The greens category can generally be broken down into three categories: Grasses (ex. barley grass, wheat grass, alfalfa), Sea Vegetables and Algae (ex. chlorella, spirulina, dulce) and Green Vegetables (ex. spinach, broccoli, carrots).
When looking at the green superfood section of a product, you want to see that the product uses a variety of different ingredients for each category of the greens. It’s not necessary that it contains everything, but you want a product that has more than just wheatgrass.
Cost, Taste and Texture of Organic Green Drinks
Here are 3 important facts to know when choosing an a Green Drink
Ingredients; Cost and Taste & Texture
What are the ingredients? How much does it cost? And how does it taste? Good ingredients at a decent cost that can be ingested without causing a taste-related seizure. That’s the criteria for choosing a green drink. The I.C.T. method and there are plenty of organic green drinks in the US and EU that offer this option.
Most green drink formulas follow a similar pattern. They contain a base of green superfoods, and most contain enzymes and probiotics as well. The more ambitious green drink powders will also contain some antioxidants and herbs, and the higher-end, meal-replacement-green-drinks might even contain protein to make it more of a complete meal.
Making Organic Green Drinks
1) Ingredients – If you are paying good money for a green drink powder you might as well buy one that is a complete supplement. And by “complete” I’m referring to the other areas of nutrition that you should be supplementing your diet with on a daily basis. Most quality green drink products will have at least probiotics and enzymes. Probiotics are the “friendly bacteria” that help create a healthy bowel ecosystem. Digestive enzymes are critical for helping your body utilize the nutrition you are getting from food. Other ingredients that you’ll find in green drink powders are antioxidants (in addition to the naturally-occurring antioxidants found in the superfoods), mushrooms, fibers, and even protein. Look for good variety and high potencies. Look for a good probiotics panel; (anything over 4-5 billion), make sure it has decent digestive enzymes (protease, amylase, cellulase, papain, bromelain).
Buying Organic Green Drinks
2) Cost – Understanding the economic value of a green drink product is important and not as difficult as it may seem. What I try and do is look at a few different things and then do some quick math in my head. First, how many total servings per container? Second, how many total grams per serving? Third, how many total grams of the greens section of the product? Fourth, does it have probiotics and enzymes? Finally, what is the total cost of the container? Now, you can do some quick arithmetic and determine what the cost per serving is.
Great Tasting Organic Green Drinks
3) Taste & Texture – The taste of green drink powders is the #1 reason why people stop using them. (Which is one of the reasons I decided to write A Guide to Buying Green Drink Powder.) It’s a sad fact because the reality is even the worse tasting green drink powder can be blended with other ingredients to make a health smoothie that tastes very decent. What I’ve discovered from over a decade of using many different green drinks is that typically the worse a green drink tastes, the better the product is. The high-quality, high-end products are the real deal. They use high-potencies of algae, grasses, dark green leafy vegetables and sea vegetables and never use any type of artificial sweeteners. The rare products that use juice extracts as the source of greens genuinely taste like fresh-juiced vegetables. Which is to say, they taste strong and earthy. With that said there are various Organic Green Drink brands that tastes great with a mix of vegetable. Try Cell-Nique for a great tasting organic green drink.
With all of the added health benefits, it’s no wonder the demand has spiked for organic green drinks in the US and EU.
Blog credits to SuperFoodDrinks
For a great Organic Green Drink product, take a look at Cell-Nique Organic Green Drink packed with 31 organic super foods that energizes and detoxifies, with 8 servings fruits and vegetables in every bottle. Leave a comment below if you have any questions or thoughts.