I'm A Functional Medicine Expert, And I Swear By This Greens Powder Supplement
My obsession with green powders started like most of my obsessions, with a high-quality solution to problem.
Let me quickly rewind to mid-pandemic: I found myself tired, bloated, wanting to eat only mac and cheese, queasy, and getting unreasonably emotional while watching C-SPAN. Yep, you guessed it: I was pregnant. So, after peeing on about a million sticks, I finally went to the doctor and confirm what the $97 in pregnancy tests were hinting to: I really was going to have a baby.
I had a hard time keeping any healthy food down...including veggies.
Like any woman who has newly learned she is pregnant (or, at least, I think this is a common sentiment?) I became immediately protective over what I put in my belly. But with my stomach and energy levels feeling off due to the hellish roller coaster of a first trimester, all I was able to stomach was yogurt, mac and cheese, cheese, and grilled cheese (you can pick up a theme here). I was positive my baby was going to come out looking like a wheel of Brie.
So I tried eating a salad one day. Couldn't keep it down. Then some cooked broccoli. Not a chance that stayed down. I managed to successfully eat peas and butter with a lot of effort and some acupuncture (I was determined that day and had a little extra time on my hands). But all in all, I wasn't getting anywhere near my usual intake of 10 to 12 veggies a day, and all I kept seeing was my adorable little unborn child with a block of cheddar for a head.
So I posed the question: How do I sneak in the nutritional benefits of organic vegetables every day? It finally dawned on me that greens powder was the way to go.*
With organic veggies+, I could finally gobble down vegetable nutrition and fiber without gagging on a salad.
I looked at the top brands and tested three of the crowd favorites out. I won't name names, but I found one of them was super sweet; one of them was great-tasting but lacked the organic veggies I needed; and the final option was kind of blah, and I didn't see a difference in how I felt. Not only that, but none of them moved anything along my digestive tract, which was concerning. Then a girlfriend recommended mindbodygreen's organic veggies+. Finally, I found the solution I'd been looking for.*
My review of mbg organic veggies+.
I eagerly kept an eye on the mailbox until my delivery of organic veggies+ powder arrived—I was so excited to finally gobble down vegetable nutrition and fiber without gagging on a salad. Oh, and this product also delivers organic fruits too (fruit + veg, even better). As soon as it arrived I tried it three different ways: with just water, with pineapple juice, and in a smoothie.
When I mixed it with water, it didn't taste awful (huge score!)—the drink went down easy and helped to move things right along.* The pineapple-and-water combo was probably my fave because it added a teeny bit of sweetness and made me feel like I was on vacation (very important when you haven't been out of the house in months). In the smoothie, it didn't have an overbearing greens taste, and I was even able to sneak it into my boyfriend's morning smoothie without getting an eye roll, which was a big bonus.
Once I established that I liked the taste and I could feel it doing positive things in my body,* I dug a little deeper into what was really in the powder and what set it apart from the others. Here were my big takeaways:
- It's USDA certified organic, non-GMO, and there's no or low FODMAPs or lectins. Even when you find an organic greens powder, there are often sneaky lectins in there, which can irritate the gut. And that's the last thing I wanted when I was already bloated and pregnant.
- It features organic herbs like ginger and turmeric. Not only are ginger and turmeric potent antioxidants, they contain anti-inflammatory properties to support immune function.*
- It contains prebiotic fibers and probiotics. This was another game-changer for me because organic inulin and flaxseed prebiotic fibers (found in the organic veggies+ digestive blend) provide nutrients for beneficial bacteria (the good guys in the gut).* The veggie powder also contains 10 billion CFUs of key Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains of probiotic bacteria, which help support regularity and nutrient absorption.*
Needless to say, I'm a fan. I love that organic veggies+ tastes good, it's organic, it supports the digestive system, and I can actually feel it doing good in my body.*
I'll also tell anyone who will listen that unless you're getting an ample daily dose of organic veggies, prebiotics, and sea veggies—organic veggies+ should probably be in your pantry.
Dr. Paige Bourassa is the founder of Shen Medicine, an Acupuncture wellness practice in the heart of New York City and Shen Medicine South, in Nashville Tennessee.
Paige grew up in Vancouver, Canada and became passionate about Alternative Medicine after having several remarkable experiences with it at a young age. After High School she enrolled in Canada’s first Holistic Nutrition program at the Canadian College of Natural Nutrition and graduated a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. From there she traveled extensively through Asia where her passion blossomed into studies as she began taking an interest in Ayurveda, an ancient East Indian medicine. After living in India for several months she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to pursue her Ayurvedic training further studying alongside the famous Dr. Vasant Lad at his Ayurvedic Institute. Following Ayurveda, Paige pursued a Psychology degree at the University of Colorado and began to assimilate what she had learned of Eastern Medicine with Western Psychology. Understanding that disease in the body is most often attributed to disharmony within the psyche/emotions, a concept called “Psychosomatic Illness”, Paige was drawn to the integrative philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine where everything is believed to be interconnected. After falling in love with the TCM approach to health science, she went on to complete a 4-year Masters of Science degree as well as a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science.