Greens First is a superfood green drink powder made by the company of the same name, formulated by Dr. Donald L. Hayes. The product emphasizes maintaining a healthy acid/alkaline balance in the body and to provide 15+ servings of fruits and vegetables in each serving.
This Greens First review will look at the overall formula, the ingredients, the cost and hopefully provide enough factual information for you to determine if it is the right green drink for you.
Product Name: Greens First
Company Name: Greens First
Owner(s): Dr. Donald L. Hayes
Product Description: Superfood green drink powder with probiotics and enzymes
Price: $44.99 (30 Serving Supply)
Rating: 8.9 out of 10
Each serving provides around 4 grams of the Barley Grass, Spirulina, Chlorella, Carrot, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley and Kale. This is a decent amount of the main superfood components of a green drink powder. Certainly not overwhelming by any means, but we are very pleased to see that almost all of these ingredients are juice powders, which are far better than just vegetable powder. The phytonutrients are primarily found in the juice of fruits, vegetables and grasses. Though juice extracts are far more expensive than non-juice powders, the health benefits are profoundly better.
Greens First also has a section of nutrients called the Oxisure-Blend™ that is comprised of a dozen plus fruit and vegetable powders. To be honest, we really don’t get all hyped up about these “proprietary” and trademarked blends because more often than not, they are more important for marketing purposes than they are for health reasons. Also, all of the ingredients in this blend are only 300 mg collectively.
They also have a ReservaMax™ blend with a smattering of Acerloa Cherry and Grape powder that is 100 mg. Again, these names are concocted in conference rooms for the purpose of marketing. We’re not saying that these ingredients are not healthy, because they are powerful antioxidants. But why not just list them by name under an “antioxidant” section instead of creating these tiresome monikers?
Overall, the superfood section is decent all be it a little underwhelming. We do love the juice powders for the main ingredients though.
SUPERFOODS SCORE: 8.5
We like the other components of Greens First that seems to have covered all the main nutritional bases.
First, they include almost 2 grams of fiber in the form of Oat, Apple Fiber pectin and Brown Rice Bran. Secondly, Greens First has 200 mg of probiotics, the friendly bacteria, which you should always look for in your green superfood drinks. Third, there is also 200 mg of digestive enzymes.
In addition, there are a number of other ingredients that we like such as Green Tea Extract, Red Beet Root, Aloe Leaf and others.
Greens First gets good marks for having these other elements in addition to the superfoods. It makes the formula more well-rounded, provides better assimilation and eliminates the need to take other supplements.
NUTRITIONAL PANEL SCORE: 8.8
The taste and texture of Greens First is just fine for a green drink. Has a pleasant fruity taste combined with the inevitable earthy, slightly swampy taste that you get with the vegetable, algae and grass juice powders. Keep in mind that when a green drink powder uses juice powders and juice extracts, the taste is always going to be more pungent than using just vegetable powders. Sweetened with Stevia, Greens First is certainly palatable compared to other green drinks.
TASTE SCORE: 8.9
We determine value by looking at the total grams per serving, the total cost and the servings per canister. It’s not an exact science because there are other variables involved. For instance, product “A” may have 10 grams of superfoods sourced from vegetable powder. Product “B” may have 7 grams of superfoods comprised of juice extracts. We’d attach a higher value to product “B” simply because the 7 grams of juice extracts are going to provide significant more health benefits than the 10 grams of vegetable powder but on the surface one would glance at the label and choose the 10 gram product.
Greens First sells 30 servings at 9.4 grams per serving for $44.95. That’s $1.50 per serving. Not a bad value at all considering you are getting primarily superfoods in juice powder form as well as probiotics, enzymes, fiber and some other goodies as well.
VALUE SCORE: 9.2
PROS & CONS
- Superfoods are mainly in juice powder form rather than just vegetable powder
- Contains Probiotics
- Contains Enzymes
- Contains Fiber
- Tastes pretty decent
- At $1.50 per serving is a decent value
- The corny, trademarked proprietary blends are a little off-putting
- The total amount of superfoods per serving is a little on the low side
Overall, Greens First is a decent, mid-range superfood green drink powder that has a good well-rounded blend of superfoods, antioxidants, probiotics, fiber, enzymes and more.
At around 9 grams per serving, it is in the league of Macro Greens, All Day Energy Greens, BoKu Superfood and others. For the money it is a decent value and we love that it uses the juice powders instead of the vegetable powders.