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Nutrition Review: Amazing Grass

Posted Jul 31 2009 11:53am

A lot of the American population doesn’t get enough fruits or vegetables in their daily diets. I really enjoy produce, but I know there are days that I just don’t get as many veggies in as I would like, especially when traveling. As much as I love fresh produce, I recently decided to incorporate green food products in my diet to help cover my bases.

I was really excited to try the Amazing Grass line of products because they have a HUGE variety of ways to ingest these greenfoods. With the exception of the wheat grass (which is just pure, straight wheat grass) the entire line has their green superfood blend, which includes: wheat grass, barley grass, alfalfa, spinach, broccoli, acai, beet, carrot, pineapple, etc. All of these items have health benefits such as: antioxidants, probiotics, vitamins, minerals.

The Amazing Grass product line-up, as well as the Amazing Grass shaker cups.

The Amazing Grass product line-up, as well as the Amazing Grass shaker cups.

The benefit of using a product in this form instead of just popping a multi is these are real WHOLE foods. The human body is more able to digest and absorb the valuable nutrition found in these when it comes from a legitimate food source as opposed to being manufactured in a factory.

I’ll be honest with you, they may take a little bit of time to get used to consuming. Your first encounter may not be enjoyable, especially if you are (like my husband) not used to consuming a large variety of vegetables. But over time, you may find that you actually crave a morning dose of greenfoods. I do now and I know there are a lot of super-endurance athletes out there who do too. (I won’t mention names in this post, since those people have their own product lines they endorse…)

Drink your Greens!

Drink your Greens!

Plus it’s nice to feel like you are consuming something that is soooo good for you. If you get up in the morning, get in a run then drink some greens, you’ve already accomplished more than a huge percentage of the population BEFORE your work day has even started!

One of the best ways to incorporate these is in a smoothie. I LOVE daily Green Monster smoothies: a mix of unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, spinach, banana, ice and one of the Amazing Grass powders. The chocolate or berry flavors of Green Superfood adds a nice touch of flavor to the smoothie.

Smoothie - made with spinach, almond & soy milk, banana and Green Superfood

Smoothie - made with spinach, almond & soy milk, banana and Green Superfood

The Amazing Meal powder is similar to the Green Superfood except it has some good plant-based proteins added (hemp and rice protein). This makes it a little more calorically dense, thus the designation as a “meal” component. It comes in original, pomegranate-mango and chocolate flavors… all of which are yummy added into a smoothie.

They make an energy bar too, one that is plain and one that is coated in chocolate. It’s kind of like a Larabar, but with a grassier texture and taste. I wasn’t sure the first time I tried one, but I found that I liked them after having them a few times. My husband wasn’t as convinced. After one bite he said, “That’s nasty ass… it’s like what I would imagine eating hay is like.” I don’t think he’ll be trying them again. My preference would be to go with a Larabar and to drink my greens, but this does provide the combination of greens and a roughly 220 calorie snack/mini-meal in one.

Chocolate covered energy bar, full of green goodness

Chocolate covered energy bar, full of green goodness

Overall, I was impressed with the Amazing Grass line-up. They make a Kidz Superfood powder with cocoa in it which tastes delicious shaken up with some soy or almond milk (or cow’s milk, but I don’t drink that). The products are kind of expensive, but they’re good for you and they mix into things really well. They have a really good deal on a sample pack so you can try a variety of products without breaking the bank. I’m slightly obsessed with the chocolate products and will be purchasing more of those.

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