Green powders have been on my list of must-have products for decades, ever since a family friend introduced me to barley grass powder back in South Africa. A teaspoon of that green stuff a day had a noticeable effect and since then, I’ve usually had some kind of green powdery substance in the pantry to add to smoothies and protein shakes.
Over the years I’ve mostly chosen to use using specific powders to try and get as much focused goodness as possible, concentrating on my top four – spirulina, barley grass, wheat grass and chlorella, with Lifestream’s excellent Ultimate Greens being a regular purchase.
Speaking of regular purchases, since 2000, I’ve been buying supplements from Andrew at Endorphin Systems. He’s a most excellent fellow, with a wide range of vegan friendly supplements and products. He’s also prone to dropping free samples into my boxes. One day he included two sachets of NuZest’s Good Green Stuff. Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I scoffed both sachets on the same day. Checking out the nutritional info, I was a little nonplussed at the sheer range of green (and other coloured) stuff that NuZest had managed to cram in – the list is long and can be found below but the summary covers it pretty well:
Fruits, veggies, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, protein, digestive enzymes, greens, herbs, antioxidants, berries and prebiotics.
My concern was that the quantities of each ingredient had to be minuscule but then I started thinking about the product’s stated intent – to provide complete nutritional support in one daily serve. Which is something Good Green Stuff certainly does, much like a miltimineral and multivitamin supplement. Think of it as a functional food with a bit of everything in it; a pile of healthy ingredients that’ll work synergistically to give your body what it needs. It tastes great too, adding a touch of sweetness to anything it’s added to, along with a really intense shot of the dark green colour that’s so good for you. Also worth noting is what the product doesn’t contain – there’s no dairy, wheat, gluten, corn, egg, yeast, peanuts and zero artificial colours or sweeteners. There’s also no preservatives, MSG, GMO or added salt.
It’s become my default choice for adding to smoothies and I’ve done away with all the other powders I was using, preferring instead to ramp up the dose of Good Green Stuff to a tablespoon at a time instead of the recommended ten grams. It’s by no means cheap but now that I’m not buying all the other powders, it’s proving easy to support my kilo at a time purchase habit. It costs less than a cup of coffee a day even at my bigger dose, so of course I just used my superpower to give up anything and gave up coffee (actually the yoga had something to do with that).
I particularly like the company’s origin story. As the website says: “NuZest was born after a seven-year journey of health and discovery that my family and friends went though after my 22 year old daughter was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis – an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system for which modern medicine offers no cure”.
“Determined to alter her bleak prognosis we looked to people all over the world for help – from neurologists to naturopaths, and everything in between. The knowledge we gained over those years was life changing for all of us, and resulted in Monique establishing a reputable health and detox clinic in Sydney (Alkaline Spa & Clinic) to help others achieve the health and balance in their lives that she found for herself”.
That’s the kind of background that leads me to believe that this company’s people have the right things uppermost in mind, and that’s comforting when it comes to holistic health. They do another product too, one that Andrew also just happened to include a sample of and like Good Green Stuff, it’s now a staple. The review of NuZest’s Clean Lean Protein is coming up soon. ASHLEY KRAMER