Udo’s Choice are one of our personal favorite supplement brands, up there with the likes of NOW Foods and Pulsin. For this Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens review we’ve asked our resident vegetarian to give us his opinion. We gave him a bag (not supplied by the company) he tried it for a couple weeks and this is what he had to say.
Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens Basics
Udo’s Choice are best known for providing organic, healthy supplements aimed at overall well being. They are not sports supplements and there is not a protein powder in sight. It’s healthy, honest, superfood. There are good and bad things about that, and they will be explained throughout this Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens review.
This product in particular is a mixture of fermented greens. It is described as an “energizing blend” of dried, organic greens, including barley and alfalfa. Basically it looks and tastes like the green shots that the guy who works at your local health shop keeps trying to sell you, insisting that the greener it is and the worst it tastes, the better it is for you.
The difference is that a lot of thought has actually gone into this product. They haven’t just blended up grass from their front yard, before sticking it in a blender and charging you through the teeth for the offensive thing that results.
The purpose of Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens is to provide you with a host of vitamins and minerals from natural sources. It’s a multi-vitamin, but one that is natural and organic and one that comes with additional fibre.
Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens Review: Taste
I don’t mind things that taste bad. I know there are a lot of people who will simply refuse to drink anything that is even remotely unpleasant. In fact, a friend of mine is the same. I’ve seen him thrown away Elite Whey for being too sweet and he once even rejected a bottle of multi-vitamins because he didn’t like the way they tasted on his tongue, even if it was just for a few seconds.
If you’re one of those types, then you will struggle to drink Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens. It is grainy, and that seems to apply no matter how you mix it. It says on the back that it has been naturally flavored with almonds. This was not a welcome sight for me because I despise the taste of almonds and they’d sooner make me gag than a pint of green grass would. But luckily, they didn’t taste of almonds.
The only way to describe the taste is “green”. It’s not quite as bad as a shot of wheatgrass, but it’s somewhere along those lines. It’s like a cross between Pu’erh tea and matcha tea, with a hint of black tea (okay, so I like my teas). I find that the best way to take it is to add it to a post workout shake. The flavored protein powder helps to take the strong taste away, but it’s still grainy and it’s still there in the background.
It’s drinkable that way, but like I said, I don’t mind drinking this sort of stuff. If you can’t bear it, then you can try adding it to a fruit smoothie. If you have strong tasting fruits in there, like strawberries, cherries and raspberries, you might not even taste it.
Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens Review: Mixability
Like I said above, Beyond Greens doesn’t mix well. It’s fermented greens, so it’s not water soluble and wasn’t designed to mix easily. If it did, it would be more of a concern. It’s very similar to psyllium husk in the way it doesn’t mix but sort of lingers around the drink. This is not so bad though because the serving size is very small. The scoop is about a third the size of a protein powder scoop and when you add that to 300ml or more of liquid, it’s barely noticeable.
Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens Review: Health Benefits
It is said that there is the equivalent of 33 grams of raw, fresh greens in every 8 grams scoop. So, you get the vitamins, minerals and the fibre of all of those greens without actually eating them. It is organic, non-GMO, soy-free and vegetarian and vegan friendly. The pack advertises that it also contains protein, but there is only 2 grams per pack. The people who buy these products and actually look at the protein content will not see that as something even worth mentioning, but it’s a harmless extra and will still contribute to your daily total.
The fibre content is decent, offering 12% of your RDA, but really it’s all about the vitamins, the minerals, the digestive enzymes and the antioxidants.
Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens Review: Price
Udo’s Choice are not the cheapest, but they are usually very reasonably priced and that is the case here as well. There are 31 servings per pack, which will set you back around $30 in the US and about £25 in the UK. That means that you’re paying about $1 per serving, which is not bad at all considering how much good it can do you.
The bag itself is a resealable pouch that comes with its own scoop. The bag has the feel of a recycled cardboard bag, but it does its job and that’s all that matters.
Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens Review: Does it Work
This is obviously the most important aspect and the answer is, well, yes! Or at least it seems to. I have used it for a few weeks now and am near the bottom of the pack. In fact, I liked it so much that I have already ordered another pack. And considering I spent actual money on that, as opposed to be given a pack by my editors, that’s saying something.
It’s very rare that I will actually buy a product that I have reviewed, even if the review was positive. Most of the time it’s because it’s too expensive and I only tried a sample, but it’s also because I just never really found something that has made it into my routine. The only other time this has happened is with some of our top protein powder reviews, including ON Gold Standard.
To put Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens in the same league as ON Gold Standard is saying something and as far as I am concerned, if ON is the ultimate, granddaddy of protein powders, then Beyond Greens is the same for superfood mixes.