Sunday, November 15, 2015

Amazing Grass Review & GIVEAWAY!

I've always wished I could have the patience, skill, and space to grow and juice my own wheatgrass daily. But I'm not that great at gardening, and since I have a houseful of destructive, curious cats, indoor plants are out of the question. So a few years ago, I started using green superfood powders that contain a mixture of powdered wheatgrass and other cereal grasses every morning. Amazing Grass was always my fave since they have so many flavors.

Well, somewhere along the way, I fell off the green powder wagon. I guess I just ran out one month and forgot to buy more. And then too much time passed, and well, you know how it goes. But a few weeks back, Amazing Grass offered to send me a giant sample pack to review. I'd only tried a couple of their many flavors, so I was excited to try more and get back on the wagon.


Inside the box were three full-sized tubs of Amazing Grass, a stainless steel water bottle, and a shaker cup stuffed with sample-sizes of 7 Amazing Grass flavors.


Here are the samples that were stuffed inside that shaker cup. And at the end of this post, you'll have a chance to win your own shaker cup and the 7 samples! Amazing Grass has offered to send the cup of samples to a lucky reader. Just leave a comment at the end of this post about which Amazing Grass flavor sounds the best to you (more on the flavors in my review below). The contest is open to U.S. readers only, per Amazing Grass rules.


But what is Amazing Grass, you ask? Each flavor has a few different ingredients, but the powders all start with a base of non-GMO wheatgrass, barley grass, alfalfa, spirulina, spinach, chlorella, and broccoli. And then they have antioxidant blends and fiber blends and digestive enzymes, all made from 100-percent whole foods. No weird chemicals.

Here are my thoughts on each flavor I tried. I'll start with the ones they sent me in the full-sized tubs —Lemon-Lime Energy, Goji & Acai, and Original.


Original — This is the flavor I used to purchase the most often. It's your basic greens powder with cereal grasses, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, etc. Add it to a little water in a shaker cup, and drink up. Tastes like greens. Even though many of their other flavors are naturally sweetened, this one is straight up. No sweetener. No fruitiness. Some people might be turned off by the natural green taste, but I like it the second-best (I'll get to first-best in a few).

Lemon-Lime Energy — All the goodness from the original but with 85-mg of plant-based caffeine from yerba mate and matcha tea. Plus natural lemon-lime flavor. Tried this one morning when I was really tired, and it did help me wake up.

Goji & Acai — This one has added acai and goji berries, so it has a higher dose of antioxidants. And the acai flavor really shines through. It almost totally masks the greens flavor, so if greens aren't your thing, this is the way to go.


Antioxidize ORAC — ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity, and it's how antioxidant power is measured. On the Amazing Grass website, they give an example that a 3.5-ounce serving of carrots has 210 units of ORAC per serving. But this powder has 15,000 units per serving. So this is super-antioxidant powder!! This one is great for detoxing, healthier skin, and boosting immunity. And it tastes pretty awesome. It has a strong berry flavor that's similar to the goji & acai blend.

Cacao Chocolate Infusion — Okay, this one was my fave!! It has added Dutch cocoa and cacao, which both provide polyphenals. And those help regulate cholesterol. The chocolate flavor pretty much totally masks the greens taste. Most Amazing Grass is best mixed in water, but I think this one would be awesome in almond milk.

Alkalize & Detox — I had this one the day after Halloween, when I had a bit of a hangover. It has 12 cleansing ingredients to help detox the body. The flavor is similar to the original. And I can attest that I did feel slightly better after drinking this.

Pineapple Lemongrass — So just FYI, this one isn't vegan. It contains a D3 blend that comes from wool. I didn't realize that until after I tried it though. No biggie. I don't sweat little mistakes. I can say that the flavor was delicious. I wish they'd switch to a D2 vitamin so vegans could enjoy it. Oh well.

Tangerine Immunity Defense — Another one that's not vegan. Same issue. It contains D3. It's formulated to boost immunity and contains a blend of organic mushrooms, herbs, and vitamins. But I wish they'd switch out their vitamin D to a vegan-friendly blend. Thankfully, the other Amazing Grass flavors do not contain D3 and are vegan.

Alright, well those are my thoughts! Now, if you want to win a shaker cup filled with samples, leave a comment here! And please be sure to leave your email address (like this — name[at]email.com — if you're worried about spam) so I can contact you if you're randomly chosen. Remember, U.S. residents only. I'll pick a winner on Wednesday evening.

A rep from Amazing Grass told me that they'd ensure the winner only gets the vegan flavors in their shaker cup!

27 comments:

Heather Mowry said...

Heather M at margaretmowry@yahoo.com

I love this amazing blog.
I look forward to reading it everyday!
I'm sure it's a lot of work, but your efforts are so appreciated.
Keep on Keepin' on! Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this blog and have been reading for over a year. Did you forget about Veggin' Out? I'm anxious to know who won, (my bets are on Stephanie)

I know blogging is a part time job and I appreciate the effort!

KateMcGrath said...

I, too, would probably like the chocolate one best! :)

vegan peace said...

I feel like I would like the chocolate mixed with plant milk, or just the original. It's too bad the pineapple flavor isn't vegan, that sounds delicious!

Beth Fury said...

I'm jumping on the chocolate bandwagon because that sounds yummy and i have a toddler that I need to convince to also try it :)

Cee said...

I am just not a breakfast eater, and the Cacao Chocolate Infusion sounds like something I could get behind in the morning. I have tried their original flavor, but I wasn't aware of these other options. ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

jennifer said...

I think they all sound great - I have never tried their products but have always heard good things. I think I would be most interested in trying the original flavor straight up!

Sarah Kate said...

Um . . . the chocolate one sounds great. I will have to be on the lookout for this stuff!

Bianca said...

Hey Anonymous, thanks for asking about Veggin' Out. Unfortunately, we had some technical problems with the tape, and about half of our footage was lost. So we won't be completing the series. But we did put together the first episode, so I may post that one soon just for fun. We did calculate the votes though, and since the series won't ever see the light of day, I can go ahead and tell ya that you're right — Stephanie did win! Of course! She always wins. ;-) I think I should probably do an update post on this soon in case others are wondering. Thanks for reminding me!!

AlwaysJoy said...

Cool giveaway especially because I prefer to drink my breakfast rather than chew them 😍
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Dennis said...

Sounds good

Holy_Food said...

Very nice article.
Thanks for sharing with us.

Rachel R. said...

The goji berry and acai ones sound best to me!

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Anonymous said...

the Antioxidize ORAC sounds really good! - Rebekah - rebekahde{at}Hotmail dot com

psychlori said...

I am a matcha lover, so the lemon-lime one all the way!

Jenny said...

I love my daily Amazing Grass original smoothie! I think I would really dig the Chocolate flavored one. Thanks for posting all your great reviews, I really appreciate them (even if I never mention it). :-) jenny.levine[at]gmail.com

*Autumn Tao* said...

The chocolate by a mile! I make a soy protein and banana shake every morning w the Amazon Grass Original flavor and two drops of peppermint essential oil. I'd loooove to try tur Cocoa flavor.

Thanks so much!! Love the blog, always been a fav :)

Anonymous said...

The Antioxidize ORAC sounds awesome to me!
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GingerVeggie said...

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Kim said...

Never tried anything like that before. Why not?
Love your blog and The Herman/Mabel updates are a family favorite.
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Ella Raritan said...

Hmm I've tried a greens powder before, it was weird, but I'd like to try it again!

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Jennifer said...

I use to do the green powders and I ran out and forgot to get more. XD I also use to work at a juice bar so I had easy access to fresh wheatgrass, then the smell made me nauseous and that probably was why I stopped with the green powders. But now I don't have wheatgrass smell next to me 24 hours a day, so I've been craving dense green drinks again!

Unknown said...

I've never tried green powders but you've made me curious!

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Carrie S said...

I have heard these green powders are amazing and I would love to try them!

Nicollette Dailey said...

This looks awesome --so much better than running to the nearest chain health food store every time I want some wheat grass!

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