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.
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!