Happy Monday my friends. Hope everyone is having a good day back at work after the holiday weekend. I started off this week with an early morning Vinyasa yoga class, and during class, I noticed a spinach leaf floating in my water bottle and the big green Organic sticker from my bananas stuck to the bottom of my yoga mat. Typical Heather Monday morning.
Last week, I received a generous box of samples from the folks over at Amazing Grass.
OK, first off, I will say that I contacted the company to try these products knowing full well that I hate wheat grass…and hemp protein powder, two ingredients found in the company’s products. However, I had heard nothing but good things about the Amazing Grass powders and bars, and I was so happy when my samples arrived. I immediately made a green smoothie in a bowl:
My bowl contained 1 scoop Jay Robb vanilla rice protein powder, 1/2 frozen banana, Amazing Grass Chocolate Green SuperFood, spinach, water, ice, xanthan gum, guar gum and ABU on top. This was um, somewhat edible. It tasted pretty green, but the Jay Robb and ABU helped make it all betta.
Then, there was this disaster:
For this bowl, I mixed 2 TBSP chia seeds soaked in 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk with 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 frozen avocado, Chocolate Infusion Amazing Meal, stevia and ice. After one bite and then another just to make sure it tasted as bad as the first, the entire contents of my bowl went straight down the sink. In my opinion, you can add all the chocolate you want, but hemp protein powder will always taste like dirt.
Next up was the Chocolate Whole Foods Energy Bar:
2 bites, and into the trash. Blech.
This smoothie was actually pretty tasty. Into the Vita-Mix went:
- 2 TBSP chia seeds soaked overnight in 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 cup leftover raw banana ice-cream
- 1 scoop Jay Robb vanilla rice protein powder
- Amazing Grass Berry Green SuperFood powder
- Handful of ice
The Jay Robb and banana ice-cream definitely help masked the green taste…no almond butter even necessary!
Now, you guys know I love my greens…I mean, I blend broccoli into my oat bran almost every day, but I did not like the taste of the Amazing Grass products. For the most part they tasted way too earthy for me. There was major sweetening action required for every smoothie, and that bar literally tasted like I rolled a ball of grass in some chocolate and took a bite. No thanks. Plus, I don’t like that many of the products, including the Amazing Meal, are sweetened with cane sugar.
So, no more Amazing Grass for me! Thankfully, I get so many greens in my diet that I really don’t think I need a green foods supplement anyway.
However, would you like to try some Amazing Grass? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll pick one random winner to receive the remainder of my stash. Just make sure your frozen banana supply is stocked!