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Tested: Good Greens Bar

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The Good Greens Bar. It sounds like a block of spinach and broccoli disguised as an energy bar, but (fortunately) that’s not the case at all. The bar actually tastes great and could pass for a chocolate bar or thin brownie. I couldn’t spot any sign of spinach, kale, or other greens. Yet it’s healthy! Find out how they did it in my review…

Let’s start by taking a look at the wrapper. You’re bombarded with text in various sizes and colors, some pictures, a slogan, and a few little logos, all surrounding the name of the bar and the enticing picture of what’s inside. It’s a lot to take in all at once! But with just a quick scan, it seemed to register in my brain as “this thing is healthy, eat it!”

Breaking it down, you’ll see the bar is vegan, organic, low glycemic, and free of refined sugars, additives, and preservatives. But that’s not all…

It’s also “powered by Z-52,” which is “a blend of the highest concentration of the worlds most potent super green foods, berries, and other whole food ingredients.”

Get the scoop on that in the next section.

good greens

Health and Nutrition Facts

It shouldn’t come as a shock that the ingredients in this bar are some of the best I’ve seen. We’re talking rice bran, gluten-free oats, sunflower butter, wild blueberries, and the superfood powder. All high-quality stuff. Here are the full ingredients for the Chocolate Coconut flavor:

Ingredients: Dairy Free Dark Chocolate (Evaporated Cane Juice, Liquor, Soy Lecithin, Natural Vanilla), Fruitrim (Fruit Juices, Natural Grain Dextrins), Sunflower Butter, Z52 Superfood Powder, Coconut, Brown Rice Protein, Agave Syrup, Wild Blueberries (with White Grape Juice & Canola Oil), Brown Rice Crisps, Freeze Dried Raspberries, Inulin, Organic Natural Flavors, Brown Rice Syrup, Peanut Paste.

Within those ingredients, you’ll find three different types of probiotics, Omega-3 fats, 12g protein, and 40 antioxidants.

So the Good Greens bar is a much healthier snack than most energy bars, by a long shot. Of course, being processed food, you still have traces of less-than-stellar ingredients – agave syrup and canola oil, for example.

It manages to rank as Low Glycemic, scoring a 51 on the Glycemic Index. Just keep in mind, an apple scores around 40 and Dove dark chocolate rates a 23, so a 51 isn’t all that low. (Not that it really matters.)

good greens z52 superfood powder

Now, the Z-52 superfood powder, that’s something to check out. It’s how they pull off the “100% of your daily fruits and vegetables” claim. There’s so much crazy stuff in there I can’t list it all, but you can view the list on GoodGreens.com.

What do I think of all this?

Well, there are two schools of thought when it comes to crafting a healthy energy bar. The first, which I always gravitated to, is to use as few ingredients and as little processing as possible. Case in point, Larabar. But there’s another good strategy, and that’s to fill the bar with all sorts of great stuff – antioxidants, probiotics, superfood powder, etc.. That’s the Good Greens strategy.

Good Greens Bar vs Lara Bar

You can’t really compare this to the Lara Bar ingredients as those bars are just ground dates with some fruit or nuts dropped in. They have their formula and they do it very well. Good Greens has more in common with a standard bar with the oats/grains for the base and whatever else added in.

So, pick the bar that appeals to you, or just eat both! Very few energy bars will be healthier.

good greens bar

Taste Test

I had six different flavors to try and they all sounded awesome!

Chocolate Chunk

The bar smells like one of the really exquisite dark chocolate bars. The flavor is really good and the texture is even better; it’s very soft and practically melts in your mouth! I like the little chunks, too – they taste like almonds. There are not too many chunks, though, so don’t expect much crunch.

This flavor is very satisfying, like a Dove dark chocolate. It’s not overly sweet – just sweet enough to be good and satisfying, rather than overpowering. So you can eat just one (even though they’re small.) Whereas with a very sweet bar, you might not resist the second and third helping!

Chocolate Raspberry

This one’s a little different. It has a chocolate coating, a separate type of chocolate inside, and then big raspberry chunks. This flavor also seemed a bit thicker, like there were more oats in it. There are even a few seeds in there, and they got stuck in my teeth, which made it realistic.

It’s a good bar but it doesn’t blow me away.

Chocolate Coconut

Again we have the same look inside – chocolate the whole way through. It’s too bad it’s not more like a Mounds bar! This choice has a good taste and texture thanks to a small amount of shredded coconut, but as a coconut lover, I’d be happier with even more coconut.

As I was eating it, I found a little dried blueberry inside! It seems odd to have that ingredient, but I’m not complaining about it. It’s neat. Overall, though, this would not be my favorite flavor – it shares the same problem as with Clif Bar’s coconut flavor in that I’m too demanding for more coconut.

Chocolate Peanut Butter

Now this is another flavor combo I really like normally… but I think this bar was a little bland. I mean, “chocolate peanut putter” is a robust flavor! Reese’s sets a high standard. There were moments of good peanut flavor, and the bar wasn’t bad by any means, but overall, this flavor was a disappointment.

Chocolate Mint

This one was more chewy than the other bars. It offers a good mint flavor with some Oreo-like chunks for a nice texture. Again, not as potent as perhaps a York peppermint patty, but still good – and more potent than the coconut flavor. It is definitely similar to Thin Mints.

Wildberry

This one, the lone flavor that doesn’t contain chocolate, tastes like chocolate bar with nuts and berries in it. Not a super powerful flavor, but tasty. Not bland, but kind of subdued.

The bar was much softer than a PowerBar but not quite as soft as the ‘chocolate chunk’ flavor was. It’s chewier and less ‘melt in your mouth.’

good greens bar inside

Overall, I was very pleased with the bars. They’re not quite like the LaraBar, Dr. Will Bar, or even the Raw Revolution bar, but that’s the best part – they’re unique.

I’m just glad they weren’t grainy like The Ultimate Meal (a superfood/greens powder supplement that’s not exactly pleasant.) You’d never know these bars contained a powder like that.

Feedback from my friends and family ranged from “they’re OK” to “they’re really good,” and no one explicitly disliked them. The price didn’t really shock anyone, either. One person remarked that the Good Greens bar seemed better than some health food bars costing $4-6 each.

At $29.88 for box of 12, the Good Greens bars cost about $2.49 each.

My only real complaint is that they’re so small! I could eat an entire dozen in one day, no problem.

My final verdict is…

I’m always skeptical when some “nutritional equivalent” data points allow a bar to be compared to the recommended 5-9 daily servings of fruits and veggies. But as long as you realize that no bar is going to be a true substitute to fresh fruits and veggies each day, especially long-term, then the Good Greens bar gets my seal of approval.

If you want a very healthy bar that contains a wide variety of nutritious ingredients and also tastes good, and you don’t mind the price, this is a superb choice. It would make a good snack when you’re traveling for a bike race or between stages of a longer race when your body isn’t keen on a large volume of food intake.

Official website: www.GoodGreens.com

Product Review Details
Company: Good Greens
Product: Good Greens Bar
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Date last updated: 2012-10-20
Obtained Product: Free sample from company.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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2 Comments
  1. The chocolate mint are my fave things in the world. Just lost 90 lbs in 5 months carb cycling, and one every other day is part of my regime.

  2. Congrats Shelly! That’s a stellar accomplishment! And you just made me hungry for a chocolate mint GoodGreens bar 🙂

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