Do All Healthy Green Powders Taste Bad?

Have you heard of green powder supplements?

If you have, but are yet to try one, you may be wondering what all the hype is about.

And if you have tried one, or perhaps many, you may be thinking that as much as you’re committed to improving your health you’re not SO committed that you’re willing to drink something that tastes like lawn mower clippings each and every morning.

I hear you on that one, over the years I’ve personally taken nearly every green powder on the market at one time or another and I can report back with confidence that yes, most of them do taste as bad as they look.

But don’t despair, there are some great tasting formulas out there if you look hard enough, and today I’m going to teach you what to look for and what to avoid when choosing a green powder.

Why Do Most Green Powders Taste Terrible?

When making a green powder, a company typically combines a variety of green grasses like wheatgrass, barley grass and alfalfa with some other very green substances such as spirulina.

Now the first few ingredients are grasses and spirulina is a form of algae, so let me ask you this: Have you ever eaten a meal made up of grass or algae?

If you, like most people, do not tend to follow the dietary practices of a horse or a sea creature then you may be beginning to understand why these ingredients don’t taste the best.

Throw on top of this concentrated versions of superfoods like turmeric and ginger and that only helps to make things a whole lot more interesting.

Have you ever taken a bite out of a turmeric root or ginger root? It’s definitely an acquired taste to say the least.

So You Found A Green Powder That Tastes Great, Now What?

Say you’ve found a powder that tastes reasonably tolerable, how does it mix?

Does it clump up and sink to the bottom of your glass or does it float to the top and line the edges of your glass, seemingly going everywhere except for down your throat where it counts.

And say you’re a morning smoothie drinker and would like to add a green powder to the mix to boost your daily nutritional intake, it doesn’t quite taste the same anymore does it?

Ever considered throwing a handful of grass or algae into your morning smoothie? I didn’t think so.

And perhaps you finally find a green powder that tastes good, and then, slowly and hopefully you turn the bottle around in your hands to look at the ingredients panel.

What do you see? In most cases, sugar content too high to call the product “healthy” anymore or, even worse, artificial sweeteners.

Is There Such A Thing As A Healthy AND Delicious Green Powder?

By now you may be thinking that this is an article slamming green powders and encouraging you not to give them a go.

But this is far from the truth.

I’m here to give you hope and tell you there are actually some powders out there which not only taste great, but can also deliver all the important nutrients you need each day.

Now, I may be a bit biased as I created the product, but I’m going to tell you why Athletic Greens is the best tasting and best for your health green powder available.

You see, of course you’ll find the big green grasses, sea algaes and superfoods found in most green formulas.

But on top of that, Athletic Greens is much more than just a green powder.

It also contains fruits and vegetables that you may be missing out on, prebiotics and probiotics for your digestive health and many other vital ingredients to help you improve across 11 different areas of your health.

This might sound like a hard sell, but I truly believe you should be able to get all of this from any green powder you choose. And if you don’t, you might want to reassess.

But I digress, we’re here to talk taste.

Now why does Athletic Greens taste so good even though it’s mostly a green powder?

You see, we spent over 10 years tweaking the formula to create the best taste possible while also keeping the quality of the product as high as possible.

We’ve changed the amounts of fruits, added and removed some different ingredients. We also decided to add a little stevia - a natural herb to help sweeten things up for you, without having to add any sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Now, there may be some other good tasting greens formulas out there but unfortunately, in their pursuit of taste over health they have decided to add artificial sweeteners and flavours.

Kinda defeats the purpose of taking a “natural” health supplement don’t you think?

Now, even with the best tasting formula around, some people still prefer not to take it mixed with water first thing in the morning.

If you’re searching for a more exciting way to add this green powder to your routine, try adding a green powder to a highly nutritious and great tasting smoothie. It can be just the trick for getting an action packed, nutrition rich, tasty boost to your morning.

Kiwi’s guide to creating tasty AND healthy smoothies to start your day

Over many years and through many yummy experiments I have come up with some absolutely delicious and nutritious smoothie recipes that I’d love to share with you today.

Please allow me to introduce these smoothie superstars, beginning with…

Almond Joy Smoothie

This delicious smoothie will provide you with a nutritious, filling start to your day and also give you a little bit of a healthy chocolate taste thanks to the cacao powder.

Feel free to change it up and add some natural ground vanilla instead if you like.


  • 1 Scoop of Athletic Greens Green powder

  • ½ Cup unsweetened (no added sugar) coconut milk

  • 1 Tablespoon of unsweetened, shredded coconut

  • 1 Tablespoon of raw almonds

  • 1 Tablespoon of raw cacao powder

  • 1 Cup of water (unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk can be used here too)

  • ½ Cup of ice (depending on how strong your blender is of course)


  • Add all ingredients to the blender, starting with liquids first, or if your blender is strong enough, ice cubes first.

  • Blend until smooth

  • Drink and enjoy!

  • This can also be made in a shaker if a blender is not available - you can always pour it over ice rather than blending it too.

Blue Boost

Once you blend this baby up you will quickly realise that blueberries take on a beautiful purple hue when blended. This baby also tastes nice and smooth thanks to the avocado - feel free to add a little extra if you don’t mind the extra calories.


  • 1 Cup of organic baby spinach

  • ½ Cup of organic arugula

  • 1 Scoop of Athletic Greens Green powder

  • A quarter of an avocado

  • ⅓ Cup of frozen blueberries

  • ⅓ Cup of other frozen berries of your choice (I recommend always mixing your berries to reduce the chances of developing an allergy by consuming large amounts of just one type)

  • 1 Cup of filtered water


  • Rinse and wash the green leafy ingredients

  • Add the spinach and arugula first, then the berries, avocado, water and greens

  • Blend on high until smooth

  • Enjoy!

Beet Ginger Refresher

You may be aware that red beet juice extract is already inside every serve of Athletic Greens, but when you combine this with a solid serve of fresh beets the boost to your circulation and energy levels can be amazing.

Add fresh ginger to this and it packs quite a zing. It’s an acquired taste but I’m confident that if you give it a try you may just learn to love this little smoothie.

Also the colder it is, the better this smoothie tends to taste, so be sure to use refrigerated water and plenty of ice.


  • ½ Cup fresh beets, cubed

  • ½ an inch of fresh ginger root

  • 1 and ½ cups of filtered water or coconut water (the extra liquid helps to reduce the zing a little bit)

  • 1 Scoop of Athletic Greens Green powder

  • ½ Cup of ice


  • Combine all ingredients, starting with the water or coconut water first

  • Blend until smooth

  • Enjoy and feel the burn!

Zen Rockstar

This little beauty tastes so delicious and so smooth you’ll be double checking if you actually added any green powder to it at all.

Also thanks to the protein and the matcha green tea, you’ll get a great natural energy boost to keep you going all through the morning.


  • 1 Scoop of Athletic Greens Grass Fed Whey Protein

  • 1 Scoop of Athletic Greens Green powder

  • 1 heaping teaspoon of matcha green tea

  • ½ a frozen banana

  • 2 Tablespoons of flax seeds (use a quarter of an avocado instead if you prefer)

  • 1 Cup of unsweetened coconut milk (cold water works great too but coconut milk makes it taste really smooth)


  • Combine all ingredients, starting with the liquids first

  • Blend until smooth

  • Enjoy!

The Green Monster

Now this little beauty is absolutely packed with green goodness and always gives me a great boost of energy.

As well as using it as a morning smoothie, this one is great for an afternoon boost as an alternative to coffee, trust me, this is a natural high worth trying.

This is also another smoothie that is best served cold, so feel free to add extra ice to suit your taste.


  • ½ Cup of chopped kale

  • ½ Cup of baby spinach

  • 1 Green apple, cored (as in, remove the core)

  • 1 Lime, peeled

  • ½ an inch of fresh ginger root

  • 1 Tablespoon of Athletic Greens Green powder

  • 1 Cup of chilled filtered water or sparkling water

  • ½ Cup of ice


  • Add all ingredients to the blender, liquids first

  • Blend until smooth

  • Enjoy!

Do All Healthy Green Powders Taste Bad?
Do All Healthy Green Powders Taste Bad?

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