Are Green Powders a Waste of Money? Here’s what you should know

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I use the Greens from Bloom Nutrition and I think green powders are worth it!

If you ask me, greens are not a waste of money as long as you are using them as a supplement and not your main source of fruits and vegetables. According to Heart.org, you need 4 servings of fruits per day and 5 servings of vegetables, which is a lot! I know I’m definitely not hitting those kinds of servings on a daily basis.

Green powders have gotten more and more popular but what are they? In the simplest sense, they are dehydrated fruits and vegetables that are grounded up into a powder. I’ve been using a green powder for a few years now from Bloom Nutrition and I absolutely love it. 

green powder with a spoon in it. Green powders are not a waste of money if it is used as its intended to be used: as a supplement.

My Experience with Greens

When I first started looking into the green powder craze, I probably had the same questions as you. Greens aren’t cheap so I wanted to make sure I wasn’t throwing my money down the toilet but I was also trying to get serious about my health goals. Adding this green drink into my daily routine seems like an easy way to get me to the next level in terms of health.

Of course, you could go the completely natural way and make your own green juice with a good old juicer but I honestly didn’t want to put the time and effort into that. I wanted something quick and easy.

I started to see fitness influencers on Instagram chugging these greens. It didn’t look appealing at all because it quite honestly looked disgusting. Their faces said it all. This wasn’t my cup of tea and I immediately thought it was a waste of money. Why would I want to chug something that tasted disgusting every day? 

Mari and Bloom Nutrition

That’s when I stumbled upon Mari Llewellyn and Bloom Nutrition. Mari, alongside her husband Greg, owns Bloom Nutrition which is a small supplement company. They started it because Mari didn’t like any of the pre-workouts on the market and went from there to create proteins, vitamins, and green powders. The green powder is now one of their best sellers!

What was attractive about Mari’s greens was that she was drinking a whole glass of it daily and raved about how they tasted good. Now, it’s not like you have to take her word for it. On the Bloom Nutrition website and their Instagram (@bloomsupps), you can see hundreds of reviews and other women trying it for the first time or drinking the greens as part of their daily routine.

When I first purchased greens from Bloom, they only had the original flavor but now they have a number of different flavors to try. I usually drink it in my 20-ounce water bottle because it tastes great!  My favorite is the citrus flavor.

I also want to point out that I am not an affiliate for Bloom Nutrition (though Mari, if you’re reading this, I wouldn’t be opposed). I just love their product! I’ve tried other greens and they tasted like garbage and I knew that was something I couldn’t add to my routine. 

They do sell their greens on Amazon now tho so if you click through to Amazon, I will get a small commission (no extra cost to you as always!). So if you want to help a girl out and you’re interested in trying greens, I would greatly appreciate it!

Personally, my favorite flavor to drink with just water is the citrus one but I also have the mixed berry one to throw into my smoothie. I’ve tried all the flavors (except coconut because I’m just not a coconut fan in general) and I like them all so you really can’t go wrong. 

Bloom Nutrition citrus green. Front of the container it comes in. Labelled as greens and superfoods essentials. Also advertising digestion, bloating and immunity.

The updated labels (One of the OG labels above):

It helps my Digestive issues

Now, I’m sure you don’t want to invest in greens just because they taste good since then in that case green powders would be a waste of money. One of the reasons I started looking into greens was because I’ve had digestive issues for years

I’ve tried taking a probiotic and Metamucil, but Bloom’s greens have done wonders for my digestive system. I’m definitely more regular when I consistently drink it. My stomach has felt a hundred times better since adding it to my daily routine. 

One of the biggest benefits is also the reduction in bloating. I started drinking greens during my weight loss journey where I lost 15 pounds so I wasn’t sure if the reduction in bloating was actually just a reduction in fat at first. Since I was curious, I stopped drinking the greens for two weeks and I did see a noticeable difference in bloating! 

The good thing is a few days after picking up the greens again and drinking them consistently, my bloating did go down again.  

My answer to the question: Are green powders a waste of money?

As I said before, I don’t think they are a waste of money if you’re using them as they are intended … as a supplement. Green powders are not going to do magic if you are eating unhealthy foods for the rest of your day. 

It can fill the gaps since, in one scoop, you are getting a ton of different fruits and vegetables. Many people would argue that you should just make your own since whole foods are the way to go.

While I don’t disagree with them, realistically, it’s just not going to happen. We live in a society where everyone is constantly on the go so if purchasing greens to get an extra serving of fruits and vegetables is what you need to do, I say go for it. 

I’m in that boat. I don’t want to spend my time juicing a ton of fruits and vegetables. I like the way Bloom’s greens taste and I’ve seen a difference so to me they are worth it. 

What are green powders?

green powder with a spoon in it. Green powders are a convenient way to get extra servings of fruits and vegetables into your diet. They are not a waste of money if you use green powders as a supplement to a healthy diet.

Now that we’ve gotten through my rave about Bloom, here is what green powders are in a general sense. They are dietary supplement that helps people add more fruits and vegetables into their diets. 

It’s a convenient way to help you reach your daily recommended vegetable and fruit intake. All you have to do is add some powder to the liquid, shake it up and it’s ready to go. We live in a society where fruits and vegetables are not a priority. They are more expensive and not as readily available as fast food. 

It’s much easier to go get a bag of chips out of a vending machine than to find a healthy alternative. I think businesses are getting better at providing healthy alternatives but we aren’t quite there yet.

I do want to point out that although it contains vitamins and minerals, it typically isn’t as complete as a multivitamin. So if you are considering a green powder or a daily multivitamin, I would go with the multivitamin. 

The biggest drawback to green powder is that while you are getting the vitamins and nutrients from the vegetables and fruits, it’s not going to be as filling as actually eating them. The simple answer is that it takes away the fiber and water content that is naturally present in fruits and vegetables. 

It also takes away the chewing factor which also helps give your body know that it’s full. Most green powders are not high in calories so it can literally just be a replacement for a beverage (it’s just packed with fruits and vegetables).

How are they made?

You may be wondering how these green powders are made. They last way longer than fruits and vegetables after all. I’m not going to go into the whole manufacturing process but there are basically two ways:

  • Dried then grounded into powder
  • Extracting the juice then dried then grounded into powder

The first one tends to have a strong vegetable taste because it’s the vegetable without any of the water. Extracting the juice tends to be sweeter. Most greens have a mixture of these two processes.

Popular ingredients and What’s in Bloom

An image depicting what is in green juice. There is a glass of green powder juice surrounding by lemons, apples, spinach and other green vegetables.

If you’re wondering what is in green powders, I’ve listed below what is in the majority of green supplements. I also go more depth of what is in Blooms since I’m over here singing its praises.

Popular

  • Leafy Greens
  • Seaweed
  • Grasses and other vegetables
  • Antioxidant-rich fruits
  • Green Tea and other nutritional abstracts
  • Probiotics
  • Herbs
  • Stevia leaf extract to sweeten it up

Bloom

  • Fiber Blend – Inulin (prebiotic fiber), Organic Flax Seed Powder, Apple Fruit Powder
  • Green Superfood Blend – Organic Barley Grass Powder, Organic Spirulina (algae) Powder, Organic Wheatgrass Powder, Organic Alfalfa (legume family) Leaf Powder, Organic Chlorella (other algae) Powder
  • Soy Lecithin Powder
  • Probiotic Blend – Inulin (prebiotic fiber) and the good bacteria for gut health (Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus acidophilus)
  • Fruit and Vegetable Blend – Organic Carrot Root Powder, Beet Root Powder, Collards (Kale) Leaf Powder, Blueberry Fruit Powder, Spinach Leaf Powder, Broccoli Head Powder, Ginger Root Extract
  • Antioxidant Beauty Blend – Cranberry Fruit Powder, Strawberry Fruit Powder, Raspberry Fruit Powder, Sour Cherry Fruit Powder, European Elder Fruit Powder, Cabbage Palm (Acai) Fruit Extract, Lycium (Goji) Fruit Powder, Horseradish Tree (Moringa) Leaf Powder, Grape Seed Extract, Matcha Green Tea Leaf Powder
  • Digestive Enzyme Blend – This is basically all the bacterias and enzymes the body uses in the digestion process. Maltodextrin (processed carb), Hemicellulase (breaks down complex sugars), Amylase (turns starch and glycogen into simple sugars), Protease (breaks down proteins and peptides), Xylanase (breaks down fiber), Cellulase (breaks down simple sugars), Lipase (breaks down dietary fats), Pectinase (breaks down fiber found in fruits), Glucoamylase (breaks down starches into glucose)
  • Adaptogenic (improves the body’s response to physical, chemical, or biological stresses) Blend – Licorice Root Extract, Rhodiola (type of herb) Root Powder, American Ginseng Root Powder, Ashwagandha (type of herb) Root Powder, Astragalus (type of herb) Root Powder, Eleuthero (type of herb) Root Extract
  • Stevia Leaf Extract

Nutritional label of Bloom Nutrition's greens. Looking at the label can help you decide those greens are a waste of money.

Quality of green powder

The most important thing about choosing a green powder is the quality of the ingredients. Obviously, you don’t want to be counterproductive and put harmful ingredients in your body.

The FDA does not regulate supplements so it’s something to be mindful of when looking into products. Some greens are tested by third parties which is something that is appealing since it is most likely an unbiased review. I do not believe Bloom has been tested by a third party so that is the downside in getting their greens. 

The supplement industry is a multi-million dollar business so you have to keep in mind that everyone is going to promote their greens as the best and the healthiest so people buy them. Bloom definitely has its drawbacks. One of the biggest is that they don’t specifically say how much of each thing you’re getting. It’s all a blend.

 As a general rule of thumb, the green product you purchase so consist of the following:

  • Organic and non-GMO
  • Naturally sweetened
  • Dairy-free probiotics
  • No fillers, artificial ingredients, or chemicals

Benefits of green powder

green juice is the main focus of this picture. There is a green straw in the green powder juice. There are many benefits to adding this drink to your diet.

You may be thinking this is all fine and dandy but what should I expect to get out of taking Greens? Why are they not a waste of money? So here are the benefits. I personally haven’t experienced all these benefits but everyone is different.

1. Convenient

I mean we’ve already been over this one. It’s much more convenient to get a serving of fruits and vegetables in powder especially if you’re on the go. Also, buying it in powder form is much easier and cost-effective than making your own green juice or even powder.

2. Fight bloating, aid in digestion and improve gut health

This is one I’ve personally experienced. With the probiotics blend, you can see a decrease in bloating. There are other things on the market to help with digestive issues such as a probiotic pill so it just depends on personal preference. I personally like the green juice a little better since it gives you the vitamins and minerals from the fruits and vegetables too. Multi-tasking, right?

It also helps you be more regular if your digestion system is working properly. Being regular helps you feel better because you aren’t backed up if you know what I mean.

3. Increase energy

This one doesn’t really come as a surprise to me. Not only are you giving your body the nutritions and vitamins it needs, the majority of greens contain green tea extract which has caffeine. 

Also as a side note, if you improve your gut health, your energy levels can definitely increase. Gut health can be a major component in us feeling our best but that’s for a different day. 

4. Boosts immunity

With added fruits and vegetables comes extra vitamin C in your system. Those that eat healthier diets, tend to be able to fight off diseases better because your body is working with all the vitamins and minerals it needs to do what it needs to do.

5. Aids in a healthy blood pressure

This study saw a decrease in both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure in participants after 90 days of taking the greens.

6. Healthier skin, hair and nails

Most green powders also have the vitamins you need for healthy skin, hair, and nails. Though if you’re aiming at improving this, you may want to look into the vitamins specifically focused on this or even collagen

7. May help chronic disease

Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory parts found in plants may reduce the risks of chronic diseases. Inflammation can lead to chronic disease so having foods or green powders rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components can help lower your chances of developing chronic diseases.

Basically, your body runs better when it has the vitamins and minerals it needs so adding green powder can give you the added boost since you’re filling the gaps in your diet.

Side Effects

Before adding any supplement into your routine, you should check with your doctor. Everyone reacts to things differently so your doctor will be able to tell if it’s right for you. Although, there aren’t that many known side effects here are the biggest ones:

  • If you’re allergic to seafood, green powders commonly use spirulina, (which is algae) which can have remnants of the sea
  • The Vitamin K found in greens can affect medication such as blood thinners

And there you have it! Greens are definitely something to consider since you can get some extra fruits and vegetables into your diet but they should never completely replace the real thing! Try to incorporate whole fruits and vegetables into your everyday diet.

Until next time,

Are Green Powders a Waste of Money? Here’s what you should know

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