I’ve become really bad about preparing my own green drinks this month. Maybe it’s that time of year when the New Years Resolutions start slacking or maybe I’ve just become a little extra lazy. Regardless, I’ve been looking for extra ways to become healthier on the run.
While nothing beats homemade healthy food and drink, we all lead exceedingly busy lives, and sometimes it’s totally okay to settle for second best 😉
Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness
I tried this green drink shortly after I saw it at my grocery store on sale in bulk (note: this post is NOT sponsored by Bolthouse Farms).
Let’s take a look.
At first glance, Bolthouse’s Green Goodness has a lot going for it:
- No preservatives added
- High in antioxidant vitamins A & C
- A delicious mango-like flavor (which is, by the way, my favorite fruit 😉
- Filled with spinach, wheatgrass, and garlic which have great health benefits
Let’s take a look at the ingredients.
Any time you look at labels, the product has a greater percentage of the ingredient in it the closer to the beginning of the list you go. So, we can tell from looking at the ingredients that pineapple, apple, and mango “juice from concentrate” make up the largest bulk of the product.
If you’re anything like me, you’re wondering what “juice from concentrate” even means. What this means, is that the fruit juice has water taken out of it, or in other words, dehydrated. This cuts cost for companies. The downside: this leads to more processing, and as you can imagine, probably a loss of some nutrients of the fruit.
As you can also see, the greens in this “green” smoothie are way far down the list, which means there’s not a super large percentage of greens in this smoothie. Additionally, the greens are in the form of powder, which again is more processed, leading to a reduction in nutritional quality.
Finally, are there questionable Ingredients? – WTF are Jerusalem Artichoke Powder and Novia Scotia Dulse Powder?
Turns out, Jerusalem Artichokes is a root vegetable from the sunflower family, similar to a potato, that is used in Mediterranean and and Western European cuisines. It has many health benefits. Novia Scotia Dulse is a type of seaweed with many health benefits used in Asian cultures. Unfortunately though, these ingredients appear at the end of the ingredients list, which shows that there is not a high quantity of these ingredients in Bolthouse Farms’ green drink.
I don’t know about you, but when I drink my green drinks, I enjoy intaking a large percentage of greens to make sure I’m getting a good nutritional value. In this area, Bolthouse seems to be severely lacking.
The pros – Easy, accessible, reasonably priced, and delicious. High percentage of antioxidant vitamins and some greens.
The cons – Processed with limited actual greens in the ingredients. Also, moderately high sugar (30g).
Overall – I would definitely purchase this drink again as a second choice to creating my own green drinks. When you are on the run, purchasing this drink can still deliver some benefits and it is definitely better than snacking on McDonalds. Overall grade: B-.
Now tell me: what are you favorite “on the go” green drinks?