Each year our review staff samples hundreds of new dairy-free products. We are constantly scouring the shelves for the latest natural goodies to challenge the myth that dairy-free living is anything less than delicious. This year we had so many new innovations to choose from that it was mind-boggling, but we finally narrowed it down to ten wonderful foods. Oh yes, and our selections are completely unbiased, unsponsored, and personally sampled, so you can bet these are foods we happily spend our own hard-earned money on …
Number 8: Amazing Grass Berry GREENSuperFood
Technically, this product was released in December of 2008, but since it was so close to year end, and well into 2009 before we started seeing this flavor in stores, we made a judgment call and classified it as a 2009 release. Actually, if the Amazing Grass Organic SuperFood Bars had been released just a bit later (they came out in November 2008), then they would be on this top ten list too! Now back to that drink mix …
I had been a fan of the Chocolate GREENSuperfood Drink Mix for a couple of years , but since I really haven’t liked the berry flavor of any other supplement type mixes or protein powders, I was hesitant on trying Amazing Grass’s berry version. After all, I really didn’t want to taint my view of one of my favorite companies. Yet, to my immense surprise, this product was awesome. With so many greens and powders on the market, you might be wondering what would make this one so fantastic that it would leap into our top ten? Well let me tell you …
- It actually ENHANCES smoothies rather than taking away from them as so many greens do. When my smoothie needed that little extra bump in flavor, a packet of this tasty mix did the trick. Mind you, we didn’t like it just mixed in water (a bit gritty and not enough of a flavor punch on its own), but when mixed in with some fruit, milk alternative, and even a handful of spinach, it created some of the best smoothies I have ever had.
- I have not yet bought into the theory that superfoods offer you some magical health boost, but I must admit I always felt really good after getting in a scoop or packet of these greens. I couldn’t pinpoint it, but I was just somehow more energized and clear-headed. Placebo? Perhaps, but as some doctors say, placebo or not, if it works, it works!
- Somehow this delicious powder added the perfect little dose of sweetness to drinks, but it contains not an ounce of sweetener. That is correct, no sugars in any form, no faux sugars, and no stevia. While I think stevia has its place, I can’t stand it in protein powders and green drinks, it is just too much.
The Berry SuperFood mix will add a dose of the following to your smoothies: Organic wheat grass, organic barley grass, organic alfalfa, organic spirulina, organic spinach, organic chlorella (cracked cell-wall), organic broccoli, organic acai from Sambazon, organic maca, organic carrot, organic beet, raspberry, organic rose hips, pineapple, organic goji berries, green tea, acerola cherry, organic flax seed powder, apple pectin fiber, F.O.S. (from chicory root), L. acidophilus, alpha and beta amylase, protease, lipase, lactase, cellulase, siberian eleuthero root, peppermint and other natural flavors. This mix is of course dairy-free (don’t worry, lactase is not milk), soy-free, and vegan, and for my purposes, I consider it gluten-free (it contains the grasses not grains).
Note: Amazing Grass did come out with a Berry SuperFood Energy Bar in 2009 that uses this mix, but our review group hasn’t trialed it as of yet.
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