Any dietitian will tell you that eating a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the best things you can do for your health. But there's a limit to how much kale and broccoli a person can chow down, and unless you're a grocery store regular, keeping your fridge stocked with produce can be tough.
Greens powders to the rescue! Add one of these powdered drink mixes to your daily supplement routine to increase your intake of nutrients from fruits and vegetables.
Of course, no veggie supplement is a substitute for the real thing, but while fresh is better, more is always best. Eat as many of the fresh guys as you can handle, but take a greens supplement every day, too. Here are some of our favorites to get you started:
1. Alpha Lion Superhuman Greens
"It" brand Alpha Lion, makers of Superhuman pre-workout, added a greens supplement to its roster that proves getting your vegetables can actually be delicious and kind of fun. In two juicy flavors, Manchild Mango and Anabolic Apple, the formula includes a hefty serving of reds (beets, berries, tomato) in addition to greens.
2. Pharmafreak Greens Freak
We love Greens Freak because, while other greens powders tend to have fruity flavors, this one comes in Vanilla Chai, which is perfect for mixing into a creamy vanilla or chocolate whey protein shake. Greens Freak features an "immune boosters complex" with echinacea, astragalus, and royal jelly, and is naturally flavored and sweetened. Let your freak flag fly!
3. REDCON1 GI Juice
While greens products are meant to improve digestion, sometimes those with a long ingredient list can be difficult to handle for sensitive stomachs. GI Juice has a simpler formula and affordable price point, making it a great starter greens powder. It also has a fully disclosed lineup of digestive enzymes to further support digestion and nutrient absorption.*
4. Amazing Grass Detox & Digest
With a label that reads like a juice bar menu (wheat grass, coconut water, turmeric, kiwi), this certified organic and raw greens supplement is the most natural option on our list. It has no added flavors or sweeteners, so it has a mild, earthy taste that blends easily with other ingredients like banana, almond butter, and just about any protein powder.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.