August 20th, 2017
Athletic Greens

Athletic Greens Review: An Excellent Greens Formula

Greens powders can be an awesome addition to a healthy diet and exercise program if you are looking to maximize your overall health and well-being. The problem:

It’s really hard to find a great greens product.

They either taste terrible, contain inadequate amounts of the most effective ingredients, or some combination of the two.

After years of experimenting with 20+ greens powders, we’ve finally found a product that we think delivers an excellent combination of ingredient quality and taste. And the winner is:

Athletic Greens

In this Athletic Greens review we will highlight the ingredients, the pros, the cons, and help you decide whether or not it is a good fit for you.

Even though we think it is a fantastic product, it isn’t the best choice for everybody. So read on to see if it makes sense for you and your goals!

What’s in Athletic Greens + Who Can Benefit From Using It

This product is made up of 75+ whole food sourced ingredients (most of which are from organic sources). Sounds like a lot right? Let’s break it down into categories to simplify:
athletic greens label

  • Superfood complex – Mostly fruit and veggie extracts + some other goodies like spirulina, chlorella, green tea extract etc.
  • Herbs & Antioxidants – More good stuff including co-enzyme Q-10, Rhodiola rosea (one of our favorite all around ingredients).
  • Digestive Enzyme & Super Mushroom Complex – includes bromelain to help you digest/get more out of all the ingredients in here + reishi and shiitake mushroom powder—both of which are used for a variety of health promoting benefits.
  • Probiotics – contains 3.6 billion units of both Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum. Both can be helpful in promoting better digestion, immunity, and overall health.
  • Vitamins & Minerals – Solid combination of vitamins and minerals with amounts that you’d see in many multivitamin supplements.

It’s also important to note that this product is gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, and contains no artificial sweeteners or preservatives.

So to recap it is a hefty combination (12g per scoop!) of superfoods, fruit and veggie extracts, herbs and antioxidants, probiotics, and minerals and vitamins.

We believe this product is most beneficial for people looking to boost their overall health, digestion, and energy.

From our personal experience with the product, we noticed a significant improvement in energy and digestion after about 2 weeks of consistent use. This was actually the first time we felt a difference when using a greens product which adds to our belief that it is a fantastic product.

And while using AG we didn’t take a multivitamin or probiotic supplement since there is an ample amount of each in this product. That can help you save $40-$80 on total monthly expenditure on supplements.

Note that this product probably isn’t your best primary supplement choice if you are more focused on gaining muscle, burning fat etc. There are far better and more obvious choices such as a good whey protein, pre workout supplements, creatine, BCAAs, etc.

AG can certainly complement muscle building or fat loss goals since it helps your overall health, digestion, and immunity, but the effects are less direct than some of the supplements mentioned above.

How to Use + Taste (And How to Make It Taste Really Good)

Most people will be fine simply mixing one tablespoon in 8-12 oz. of water or your favorite beverage and consuming at any point during the day.

We personally drank it in the morning before breakfast and found it provided a nice and refreshing way to start the day.

Now you might be wondering if all of this nutritional goodness tastes like rabbit food or if it is palatable. The truth is…

The taste is pretty good. Not great, but definitely not bad or intolerable like some other greens powders we’ve tried.

90% of the time we used it we simply mixed a tablespoon in water, gave it a few good stirs and drank. We didn’t plug our noses nor did we savor the taste like a milkshake.

Considering how many nutrients are packed in here, it is definitely tasty enough! And it mixes very well—no clumps even when just mixing with a spoon.

We were able to make it really tasty by mixing the following combo:

  • 1 tablespoon Athletic Greens
  • 4-6 oz. Odwalla Green Machine
  • 4-6 oz. water
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

The sweetness of the Odwalla (mostly fruit juice) + the vanilla flavor from the protein powder made it a lot more tasty (not to mention you get the added protein boost).

Athletic Greens Cost: Is It Worth It?

So far you are probably thinking that this sounds like the greatest thing since sliced protein bread.

And while it is undoubtedly the highest quality greens supplements we’ve tried, the biggest sticking point for most people is the cost.

You have a few different options on site including:

  • $97 for 30 servings w/ a subscription (“Loyalty Program”)
  • $127 for 30 servings w/ NO subscription
  • $177 for 60 servings w/ a subscription (“Loyalty Program”)

Note that you can cancel the subscription/Loyalty Program at any time without a fee so if you want to try just 1 bottle at a discounted rate, you could purchase 30 servings at the $97 Loyalty Program price and then cancel immediately after your order.

And they offer a 60-day 100% money back guarantee so if you aren’t pleased you can get your entire order refunded.

So depending on the option you select you are looking at roughly $2.95 to $4.23/serving.

Definitely not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s also important to think about the following:

When using AG you don’t need to take a multivitamin or a probiotic (our opinion anyways). This should save you $40-$80/month depending on which products you might normally purchase.

So when you factor that in + compare this to the cost of the greens juices you now see popping up all over the place at stores like Whole Foods (often $7-$10 wtf?!) you realize that the price is fairly reasonable.

In our opinion it is definitely worth it if you have the budget and want the best product out there.

Conclusion

Athletic Greens is the best greens supplement we’ve tried so far. It has the best combination of ultra high-quality ingredients + decent taste. We recommend it for those who are looking for great “nutritional insurance” and as a way of maximizing health + energy + digestion. Give it a shot and see how it works for you!

Alex Lewis

Alex is the co-founder & CEO of PrettyFit. He previously built and sold the sports nutrition company JackedPack.com. He was team captain of the Harvard men's track team in 2007-2008 where he set a school record in the Heptathlon and was 2nd all-time in the Decathlon. He is now focused on helping others discover the best ways to improve their lives through a healthy and fit lifestyle.

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