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barleans greens canister

While browsing through Dr. Jonny Bowden’s online store one day (I like looking through his personal comments on vitamins and supplements), I noticed one called Barlean’s Greens, which is a powdered mixture of vegetables and other “greens.”

After a quick check of the ingredients, I figured it would be something cool to try as sort of a “liquid whole food” supplement. Since I trust Barlean’s and Dr. Jonny Bowden’s recommendations over some MLM company, I’d choose this product over products like ProVitamin Complete and TruGreens.

Looking at the label, this product contains a wide variety of green foods, so it contains enzymes, plant-based vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, herbal tonics, and flax lignans. So apparently it’s like taking a plate of vegetables, dehydrating them, and blending them into a powder for your convenience.

Barlean’s Greens Health and Nutrition

While the thought of a big green vegetable smoothie may not be the most appetizing, I think you’ll agree the ingredients list looks promising.

INGREDIENTS: A proprietary blend* of Organic Barley leaf, Oat leaf and Wheat leaf combined with Barley juice, Wheat juice and Oat juice powders, Spirulina, Organic Flaxmeal, RiceX Bran, Chlorella, Sea Vegetables, Spinach, Parsley, Astragalus, Schizandra, Acerola Cherry, Rosemary powder, Green Tea extract, Curcumin extract, Stevia, Full spectrum digestive enzymes. *(Concentrated 1500%)

Then you just browse through the actual nutrient content to see what you’re getting. I’m pretty impressed with all the vitamins, minerals, and other compounds in this one drink, especially the sea greens and sea vegetables, which are definitely missing from my regular diet.

And isn’t that exactly what you want from a supplement? Something that’s missing from your current diet?

The fact of the matter is, I don’t get every single possible vegetable each day. I don’t think anyone does. I could sure use a little extra spinach, parsley, spirulina, and assorted sea vegetables, and this is an easy way to get them.

Also, it uses Stevia as a sweetener, which is one of my favorite powdered sweeteners. (It’s miles better than aspartame and sucralose.)

Mixing Barlean’s Greens

barleans greens powder

Mixing these Greens is easy enough. Put a scoop of Greens in 8-12oz water and mix vigorously with a spoon. It’s not as easy to mix as the effervescing drinks (such as Ola Loa), but it doesn’t clump up like some powders (i.e. whey protein) that require a special shaker cup or a blender.

The only real problem is that it doesn’t take long before residue builds at the bottom of the glass. If you ship this stuff slowly, you’ll end up with most of the Greens sitting at the bottom of the glass. So swirl it around and take a big gulp to finish it off, hoping the volume of water will bring all the greens with it. (But sometimes even when I do that, I put another ounce of water in the cup to rinse the last bit of greens into my mouth so I don’t waste any.)

Barlean’s Greens Taste Test

barleans greens drink

Although “greens” might not seem appetizing, this stuff actually tastes good. I’ve been enjoying it ever since the first glass.

Each time you open the container, it smells like you’re out on the farm, baling hay. (Similar to the scent of a freshly mowed lawn.) That may seem kind of odd if you’re not used to it, but I think it’s refreshing. It reminds me of the outdoors each time I drink it.

It does taste like “greens” though; kind of like wheat grass juice. Not in a bad way, though. There’s nothing weird about it.

Each sip finishes kind of like a sweet tea. That’s the really good part. Must be the stevia giving it that good aftertaste.

Normally I mix this stuff in water, and I like it like that. I tried doing it with green tea once, but it tasted kind of weird. The flavors just didn’t mix well. (Luckily for me, I love the taste of these greens plain.)

However, if it’s too green for you, you could probably put it in a smoothie and barely even taste it. That’s what you’d do if you were using a diet system like Precision Nutrition.

Barlean’s Greens Pricing

The price is about $30 per bottle, which comes to $1 per serving. (The retail price is actually around $38, but I found it on sale for $27.)

I’m not sure how to compare this to anything, though. It’s not a substitute for real vegetables in your diet, nor is it a multivitamin. It’s just something extra to add into your diet if you can afford it.

You should be getting health food like this in your diet already, so it’s not the most important supplement in my opinion, but I like to be 100% sure I’m loading up on good amino acids, enzymes, and other nutrients found in these “greens.”

Problems with Barlean’s Greens

I haven’t found any problems with Barlean’s Greens.

The only inconvenience is that this needs refrigerated, even though it’s a powder. I’m always running low on shelf space in the fridge, meaning I can only take about one refrigeration-required supplement at a time, so I do like stuff that can sit in the cupboard.

I guess it’s actually a good thing though, because stuff that doesn’t need refrigerated is usually artificial or highly processed!

My final verdict is…

As with most supplements like this, I didn’t notice a heck of a lot of difference by taking Barlean’s Greens. But it’s a healthy mix of greens, I like the idea of whole food supplements, and it tastes good, so it gets my recommendation.

However, it should only be used to add an extra bit of nutrition into your diet. You should still be consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables as the basis of your diet. If your diet sucks, I’d improve your diet and spend the $30 per month for quality food before spending it on a “greens” supplement.

Official website: www.Barleans.com

Buy online: www.Amazon.com

Product Review Details
Company: Barlean’s
Product: Barlean’s Greens
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Date last updated: 2009-07-09
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
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  1. The best greens concentrate on the market- hands down! I’ve compared Barlean’s Greens w/ others and you can instantly see the difference in Barlean’s darker, richer green color for starters.
    The label speaks for itself- has all of the most valuable contents, (no low-cost fillers).
    Suggest mixing it in a couple ounces of any citrus juice (o.j., grape, lemonade, cran, etc), mix and drink.

  2. Love it! Drink it everyday, with noticeable increased energy.

    Mixes great with “Garden Patch” low sodium vegetable juice from Trader Joe’s.

  3. @justice

    Good thinking, I bet this would be good with vegetable juice like that!

  4. try it with apple juice….I just mix it with 4 oz apple juice by drinking it in one go right after mixing it…you end up not having much left at the bottom of glass.

  5. @hall

    Good idea, that’s probably the best way to avoid leaving a lot of residue in the glass.

  6. Aside from it tasting like drinking a golf course (try it, you will understand), I mix a serving with my morning protein shake and one with my mid afternoon shake. I can’t say why I like it, but something about it just seems right. I have had a very healthy diet for years, but this just seems like ‘insurance’.

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