What does the founder of the world’s largest soy foods and soymilk company do after stepping away from his empire? Why he starts a new product company of course! But, Steve Demos couldn’t settle for just any product, it had to be new, innovative, and address an untouched niche. I would dare to say that he truly succeeded, as there is nothing else quite like GoodBelly.
GoodBelly started (around 2008 I believe) as a probiotic juice drink line within Steve’s latest company, NextFoods. Anyone who wants the benefit of probiotics, but doesn’t like the taste of yogurt, or simply wants a sweeter, non-fat option, will be dazzled by this creation. Plus, GoodBelly Organic Probiotic Juice Drinks provide a nutritious “good bacteria” option for fruit lovers of all ages.
Like Steve’s prior products, GoodBelly is dairy-free, vegan, and wheat-free (most of the flavors have oat flour and barley malt, but the newer selections pictured as a group below are certified gluten-free), but GoodBelly has one added advantage, it’s also soy-free! For those who are concerned about the source of the probiotics used, I have been told by the GoodBelly team that they are grown on oat flour, and thus 100% dairy-free and vegan.
Goodbelly Organic Probiotic Juice Drinks come in a range of flavors, and we are slowly sampling our way through the quarts:
Carrot Ginger (gluten-free) – This brilliant flavor is lightly sweet and fresh-tasting with a gentle roll of ginger. As someone who doesn’t love juice, let alone carrot juice, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed sipping this probiotic juice drink. But who wouldn’t smile when presented with a glass like this…
Pomegranate Blackberry – More of an indulgence than some of the others we sampled, this variety has a delicious, sweet, fabulous berry and pomegranate flavor. It was a bit too sweet for me as is, but fantastic in smoothies. I’ve been using a “shot” to make the following nutritious treat: 1/4 cup GoodBelly Probtiotic Juice Drink, 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla cashew milk, 1 medium frozen banana, 1 tablespoon almond butter (creamy + salty), 1 scoop L-glutamine, and sometimes, a little cinnamon.
Coconut Water (gluten-free) – A barely there effervescence boosts this rich yet refreshing coconut water. It’s a little “too” coconut water for me, which is why I enjoyed it most as shots…
… and in a refreshing “healthy skin” smoothie blend using the probiotic coconut water, frozen banana, and Collagen MD (dairy-free / gluten-free) …
Mango – This variety tasted quite like my favorite Odwalla flavor, Mo’ Beta. It had a nice refreshing, yet deep mango flavor. I found it very drinkable with the perfect mix of fruit sweetness and just the slightest touch of tart.
Cranberry Watermelon – This probiotic juice drink had a slightly fizzy taste, and unlike the others, it definitely struck me as more of a “drink” than a juice. It was sweet, not as sweet as watermelon flavors can be, but without the tart cranberry notes I was expecting. I definitely had no problem in polishing off the entire quart, with a little help from my husband of course. We both loved it over ice when an afternoon recharge was in order.
Not satisfied to stop with the GoodBelly Quarts, NextFoods has also created GoodBelly+, happy little single-serves of several flavors of their probiotic juice drinks, but fortified with Calcium, Vitamin D, and more.
I will update this review as we trial more flavors of the GoodBelly Probiotic Juice Drinks (feel free to share your thoughts on these beverages in the comments below!). To note, all have 20 billion live and active probiotic cultures per serving (at the time of manufacture) from Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (Lp 299v), a probiotic strain used specifically for digestive health. GoodBelly Probiotic Juice Drinks (quarts and + fortification) are also Certified Organic and non-GMO Verified. Select varieties (pictured below) are also Certified Gluten-Free.
Cheers to that!
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, GoodBelly Organic Probiotic Juice Drinks are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, wheat-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Select varieties (those pictured below) are also gluten-free. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the GoodBelly website at www.goodbelly.com.