How many people can honestly say they eat enough greens every day? I do my best to eat a variety of healthy, nutritious foods, but I definitely don’t manage to eat enough greens every single day.
So when Lean Greens got in touch and asked if I would like to try their Super Greens Powder, I was curious. I didn’t exactly jump at the chance because the thought of what a drink containing LOADS of greens might taste like freaked me out. But I decided to do a little research to find out more about it before making my mind up.
And something that really caught my attention was the fact each serving contains the full five-a-day! Wow!!
Now don’t go thinking it’s ok to just drink this and not eat any other vegetables – we all know that we need variety in our diets. In fact, I really approve of the way the company talk about this drink containing five-a-day in their FAQs:
“Real vegetables are always best and we do not recommend replacing them with just Lean Greens. Lean Greens is a great addition to your diet – look at it as adding an EXTRA 5 servings a day!”
This is how I feel about all supplements – they’re a great addition to your diet, but you should always put real food first. So, as I was pretty impressed by all of this, I decided to try it as I thought it might be something I could recommend to anyone who struggles to get enough greens in their diet (if it tastes good).
So what did I think of Lean Greens Super Greens?
When the package arrived I thought it looked cute – it included the Super Greens powder, a Smart Shake bottle and some protein powder samples.
After opening the package, I took a few minutes to decide whether I should smell the Super Greens Powder before making my first drink with it. I didn’t want to put myself off if it turned out to smell like pond water! But in the end I decided I had to smell it so I could let you guys know what I thought, and that is simply that it smells just like green tea. I couldn’t smell anything else – just green tea. And as I quite like green tea, I didn’t mind that one bit.
This is the part you’ve been waiting for, right? I’m guessing you scrolled through everything else I’ve written just to find out what it tastes like (because we all know that’s the part we really care about). Well…it actually tastes good! Don’t get me wrong, I’m in no rush to start requesting it over ice on my next night out. But it does taste quite pleasant – kind of like green tea. Very refreshing.
I actually put off trying it for ages because I was so scared it was going to taste horrible. As soon as I saw that spirulina was in the ingredients I just kept thinking back to a horrible memory from a time I (foolishly) added spirulina to a smoothie. But I actually enjoyed Lean Greens Super Greens…possibly because I was expecting the worst. But it really is nice!
I’m not going to say it’s delicious because that would be going waaaay too far, but it’s far nicer than I thought it would be. I’m very happy to drink it each time, and don’t have to do the thing where I prepare myself mentally to gulp it down – I casually drink it and actually enjoy it.
How I felt after taking it
For the first few days I experienced some *ahem* slightly unwanted digestive symptoms – I felt pretty gassy and I was initially scared it might not be gluten-free after all. But I emailed one of the guys who works for Lean Greens and he assured me it was below the legal limit to be classed as gluten-free, and that I might be reacting to the increase in fibre. I decided to try having it every other day instead so my body could adjust, and that worked much better for me. My gut is super sensitive, so this might not be the case for everyone – I just tend to react to almost everything new in my diet!
Now it may just be a placebo effect and all that, BUT I definitely felt like I had more energy on the days I had my Super Greens. The fact I started drinking it after spending a week on holiday meant I probably noticed the difference in how I was feeling much more than I normally would. After all, my body was experiencing a major hit of nutritious goodness after a week away eating almost nothing but cheese and ice cream. But I definitely felt like I had more energy and less cravings for sugary snacks on the days I had the Super Greens Powder, which was brilliant!
Would I recommend it?
Yes. If you’re like me and you don’t actually enjoy eating greens that much, or even if you just struggle to fit many in your diet each day, this is perfect for you!
Is it worth the money?
Lean Greens Super Greens Powder (with a shaker included) costs £30 for 250g, which is 16 days worth. Or the same amount of powder without the shaker is £25. For 33 days worth it’s £45. That obviously isn’t cheap, but it easily costs less than if you were to buy ALL of the ingredients separately to make your own green smoothie each day.
Although I do feel like it’s worth the money as I would much prefer to drink a shot of this rather than ever actually eat spirulina again (if you know, you know), as a single working mum, this is pretty pricey when I think about how much it would work out if I had it every day.
So because of the price, I don’t think I would buy it every month. But I like it and feel like it’s helping my gut and making me feel good, so I’m planning to do a month on and a month off, because that’s what my budget will allow. You know I prefer to keep it real with you guys, and (if you follow my blog and social media) you also know I’m not the most wealthy blogger…so I would rather be honest instead of telling you I’ll be having this every single day for the rest of my life. The way I see it is that even by having it every other month, I’ll still be effectively eating around triple the amount of greens I currently do, so I’m happy with that. And so is my budget.
This is a sponsored post in partnership with Lean Greens, but all views are my own.