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The 5 Best Green Powders in 2021

What are the top green powders for energy, detox, & weight management? We found the answers.

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While most people want to be healthy, nobody feels like swallowing a handful of supplements every morning. But there's no denying that we need additional micronutrients to help fill the nutritional deficiencies in our diet and support our overall health. Green powders are the easiest way to drink everything your body needs in one quick go

Green powders have skyrocketed in popularity because they're packed with superfoods that trigger your natural detoxification process, stimulate energy production, minimize stress, and promote gut health. They're great for anyone who's on the run or doesn't eat a full serving of vegetables every day.

However, not all green powders are created equal, some have 70+ ingredients and others have 10. What's most important is having the right ingredients, otherwise, you can end up with unwanted side effects like bloating or rashes.

Thankfully we'll help you sort through the clutter. We analyzed the top green powders on the market. We'll show you what to look for and what to avoid when searching for one that works, plus our top 5.

Benefits Of A Quality Green Powder

  • Promote greater metabolism speed
  • Promote gut health
  • Boost energy levels
  • Help combat stress
  • Boost gut health
  • Trigger the body's natural detoxification process

Why You Need A Green Powder

Better Than A Multivitamin

The nutrients within multivitamins are artificial. As a result, your digestive system will only absorb a fraction of its nutrients because it doesn't recognize it the same way it would with food or a high-quality green powder (derived from food). Typically, green powders are more easily absorbed than multivitamins.

Contain Nutrient-Dense Superfoods

Superfoods are high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to help support immune function, promote energy and weight management, and reduce the signs of aging.

Exposure To More Food Diversity & Micronutrients

Previous generations ate a wider variety of foods than we do — approximately 20 different species per day, leading to more micronutrients and phytonutrients. If you're not eating 20 different foods per day, a nutritious green powder can help you get there.

Combat Declining Nutritional Value

Over the last several decades, modern farming methods (pesticides, fertilizers, etc.) have depleted the nutrients from the topsoil, producing less nutritious fruits and vegetables than in our grandparent's time, but green powders can help fill these gaps.

How To Use A Green Powder

Green powders are the best way to cover all your nutritional bases in one simple scoop. Many people enjoy mixing it with their morning glass of water, tea, or smoothie.

The combination of superfoods and gut-boosting probiotics can elevate your health and meet your food diversity goal. This simple morning ritual helps customers stay consistent with their green powder intake, producing the best results.

What To Look For In A Green Powder

Chlorella

Nutrient-dense algae containing high iron and protein content. Chlorella also supports normal blood pressure levels.

Rhodiola

An adaptogenic plant with energy and mood-boosting properties and helps promote resiliency in stressful situations. 

Matcha

Matcha contains both caffeine and l-theanine to promote energy without the jitters. It's loaded with antioxidants, tastes great, and supports heart, liver, and brain health. 

Probiotics & Prebiotics

Gut health plays a powerful role in immune health and weight management. Helps promote the spread of good bacteria in your gut.

Lion's Mane Mushroom

Lion's Mane is used to help strengthen the connection between existing brain cells to support focus and memory.

Cordyceps Mushroom

Cordyceps can help boost exercise performance and physical stamina. 

What To Avoid

Cereal Grasses

Many top brands use cereal grasses to add more quantity to their servings, however, cereal grasses such as wheatgrass, barley, oat, or rye cannot be properly digested by our stomachs. These grasses contain lectins that can cause occasional digestive issues, particularly for people who are gluten-sensitive. 

Too Much Fruit

Fruits are high in sugar. Consuming too much of it in a green powder, without the fiber, can cause your blood sugar levels to spike. Not to mention coming off a sugar high can leave you feeling drained.

Too Much Fruit

Fruits are high in sugar. Consuming too much of it in a green powder, without the fiber, can cause your blood sugar levels to spike. Not to mention coming off a sugar high can leave you feeling drained.

Our Top 5 Green Powders

1. Beyond Greens 

Total Ranking

9.7/10

A+

Overall Grade

PROS

  • Patented, clinically tested probiotic 
  • Mushroom complex
  • Adaptogens
  • Chlorella
  • Tastes Like matcha
  • Reasonably priced at $39.99
  • Displays ingredient dosages
  • 365-day money-back guarantee

CONS

  • Only sold in the US
  • Only available online
The Bottom Line

Beyond Greens contains 14 superfood ingredients but the stars are matcha to help with energy and overall health,  the patented probiotic lactospore® for optimal gut health, Rhodiola Rosea for energy, and fighting stress. It also includes 4 different kinds of mushrooms (lion's mane, reishi, turkey tail, and cordyceps) for overall health.

This was one of the only products that we could verify had no hidden additives, fillers, or artificial ingredients, while everything that's in there is highly bioavailable. It was also one of the only green powders that had their product third-party tested.

They have a reasonable price point at $39.99. Additionally, their return policy was topnotch — a comprehensive, 365-day, risk-free, money-back guarantee, proving the company stands behind its products. This was a huge advantage versus the competition, along with total effectiveness projections that rivaled any other powder we found.

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2. Athletic Greens

Total Ranking

9.1/10

A-

Overall Grade

PROS

  • Probiotics
  • Mushroom complex 
  • Adaptogens
  • Chlorella
  • Pleasant taste
  • 60-day Refund Policy

CONS

  • Contains cereal grasses
  • Proprietary blend (can't see dosages)
  • High price point at $97 
The Bottom Line

Athletic greens formulated their product with a whopping 75 ingredients to nourish with the essential micronutrients you need to feel great. This includes milk thistle to detox, a probiotic for gut health, adaptogens — including Rhodiola Roseachlorella, reishi & shiitake mushroom powder.

They have a lot of other great ingredients, but it's difficult to know if any of them are in the correct dosages since they are behind a proprietary blend. Most customers have said that it has a pleasant taste.

Like Live Conscious, they check all the boxes, however, they fall just shy of being great because of their high price point at $97. 

Beyond that, Athletic Greens offers a comprehensive 60-day return policy, so everyone can try their products completely risk-free.

For all these reasons, Athletic Greens ranks number 2 on our list. 

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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3. Green Juice

Total Ranking

8.9/10

B+

Overall Grade

PROS

  • Matcha
  • Probiotics
  • Chlorella
  • Adaptogens
  • 60-day money-back guarantee

CONS

  • No mushrooms
  • Proprietary Blend
  • High price point at $73
The Bottom Line

Organifi formulated with a detoxifying blend that includes Matcha, chlorella, and other adaptogens however, it does not have any mushrooms or probiotics.

While they lack a few of the ingredients we like, it's still highly regarded in the supplement community. Many users enjoyed the taste and felt this product elevated their health and contributed to their weight management.

Potential customers should also take into account that Organifi has a 60-day refund policy, allowing for plenty of time to try the product.

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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4. Skinny Greens

Total Ranking

8.2/10

B-

Overall Grade

PROS

  • Probiotics
  • Adaptogens
  • Digestive enzymes
  • 90-day money-back product guarantee

CONS

  • No mushrooms
  • Contains soy
  • High price point at $79.95
The Bottom Line

Skinny Greens by SkinnyFit is loaded with 34 ingredients. It contains pre-&-probiotic strains with a blend of adaptogens that provide energy but is, unfortunately, lacking mushrooms.

Another downside is that it's formulated with soy — a highly processed food. However, there are no other questionable additives, giving it a boost in our rankings. Plus a majority of the customers were happy with their purchase and reported positive results and a better than expected apple flavor.

Skinny Greens for sells for $79.95, which is on the pricier side, but they offer a 90-day money-back guarantee, which gives customers enough time to know whether or not the product is working for them.

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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5. Green Superfood

Total Ranking

7.9/10

C+

Overall Grade

PROS

  • Probiotics
  • Adaptogens
  • Chlorella
  • Reasonably priced at $37

CONS

  • Grainy taste
  • No mushrooms
  • Proprietary blend
  • No free shipping
The Bottom Line

Coming in at number 4 on our list is Green Superfood by Amazing Grass. This product is formulated with probiotics and prebiotics, chlorella, Macca root as an adaptogen, and loads of vegetable extracts. 

However, this formula hits its ceiling very quickly due to some key missing ingredients like milk thistle or any sort of mushrooms, which most likely means it's less potent than the others on our list.

It's reasonably priced at $37 but their refund policy leaves much to be desired at 30 days. The taste has been described as "grainy but palatable," though some have begun to call into question whether or not the "natural flavors" are truly organic or filled with GMOs.

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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