Healthy Beauty- Supercharged Add-ins!

This week I wanted to talk about some things I have been adding to my drinks to give them an extra boost of awesome :) Two things in particular- Amazing Grass Green Superfood Powder, and Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster.

Healthybeauty superfood 1

 

In the past, I had read about how amazing Barley, Wheat, and Alfalfa grasses can be for you. I remember going to Whole Foods, finding a powder you mixed with a drink, and bam! you get all the goodness found in those grasses. Well, I can definitely say that drinking that was not as easy as I thought it would be. Even in a smoothie, the taste made me feel like I was a cow eating from a pasture, blah!

I found this particular drink powder on Amazon when I was bored and scrolling through the best sellers list for health food (isn’t it amazing how easy it is to get lost in the world of Amazon? I don’t know what i’d do without it!) This was really close to the top, and the fact that it had a 4 1/2 star rating had me curious, considering my last attempt at using a superfood powder was really bad. A lot of the reviews said that the taste wasn’t bad at all, and that they “could literally feel more energetic after the first sip”. I thought this would be a great addition to my smoothies, so I decided to give it a try.

Now, I’m not saying I would go and drink this with plain water, but in the realms of superfood drinks, this is not bad at all! the powder has acai in it, which I think helps to mask the grassy flavor a bit. I have been adding two scoops into my smoothie I talked about last week (I’ve also switched it up- took out the pear, added a kiwi, some strawberries and some flax seed and protein powders). They aren’t kidding about the energy! Adding that little scoop has made a huge difference to how I feel in the mornings.

 

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The next thing- Dr. Brandt’s Anti-oxident water booster. I remember reading about this in a magazine and thinking it was so cool, I went to Sephora that day to pick it up! I think I’ve gone through two whole bottles at this point :) One dropper-full of this liquid has the amount of antioxidants as 15 cups of green tea! I don’t like tea, which is the main reason I wanted to get this. I have the pomegranate flavor, and usually mix it with a glass of Strawberry-Kiwi crystal light. I LOVE how it tastes with the Crystal light, but not so much on it’s own with just water. Green tea just has so many health and beauty benefits that I couldn’t pass up trying this, since I doubt I’ll be drinking green tea regularly any time soon (and never 15 cups in a day, sheesh!)

 

Do you guys use any add-ins or supplements to amp up your health? What do you recommend? Let me know in the comments!


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27 comments

  1. Vivian S. says:

    I have been using The Ultimate Meal, which is very similar to Amazing Grass Green Superfood Powder you’ve tried. I must agree with the “energy” comment, it certainly brightens up your day so much better than any energy products (coffee, energy drinks, etc.) I have ever had!

    I think I am going to try the anti-oxident water booster!

  2. ihazabeautyblog says:

    I haven’t tried any of these “add ins” but after hearing a lot about them I’m very intrigued. I find myself sluggish in the morning no matter how much hours I sleep and I’m also badly anemic which means I need some Iron to keep me from passing out! Going to do some more research and see what I can try.

  3. Christina says:

    I don’t think that this is any good. For example, scientists from the states found out that if you take vitamin pills every single day, it is not healthy and you get to die earlier. reason being is that you even take vitamins you don’t really need and everybody knows that you shouldn’t take too many vitamins from one specific vitamin because that can cause illness. I’m not sure about this. If you eat fruits and vegetables I think you’re fine. I wouldn’t take any of this

    • Iben says:

      I have to disagree here. Taking vitamin pills is not bad for your health, since your body only absorbs the amount of vitamins it needs. The rest just flows through your system and ends in the toilet. Of course it would be better if you ate fruits and vegetables since they have a lot of other health benefits, but if you don’t like them, vitamin pills is better than doing nothing (:

      • so says:

        Actually you CAN overdose on certain types of vitamines : it can happen with fat-soluble vitamins (ie vitamin A, D and E).
        Other vitamins (B and C vitamins) are water-soluble and the excess can be excreted in the urine, whereas fat-soluble vitamins reside in fat and the liver.

        There is a condition called hypervitaminosis that can be caused by taking large amounts acutely or chronically (i.e. over a period of time).

        I’ll take Vitamin A hypervitaminosis as an example : vitamin A hypervitaminosis can be reversed on withdrawal. Acute symptoms include: irritability, loss of appetite, skin drying/peeling/itching, swelling of the liver, hair loss, blurred vision. Chronic symptoms include nausea and vomiting, severe headache, drowsiness, constipation, cardiovascular defects.
        A VERY important point to note is that Vitamin A should NOT be supplemented in pregnancy – it can cause birth defects. This is why when Isoretinoin (Roaccutane for acne) should not be taken when pregnant as it is a Vitamin A analogue.

        Vitamin D overdose can cause cardiac arrest along with Calcium deposits in the tissues and brain and it can, in extreme cases, cause blindness, deafness and potentially death.

        Vitamin E overdose isn’t as dangerous as toxicity is rare and supplements are relatively safe, except when normal blood coagulation mechanisms are impaired. Large quantities of some B vitamins can cause reversible liver damage.

        • Iben says:

          Okay? I didn’t know that, but I don’t think that taking one vitamin pill everyday does any damage to your body? Otherwise I should be long gone, since I take vitamin pills every single day.

          • Christina says:

            Well, that is bascially the point. These vitamin pills really can be bad and that overdose is still possible. Plus I know a lot of doctors who say you shouldn’t take them if there is no actual need for it (sometimes you do get prescriptions, but that’s fine because you have a need to take them). I wish I found the article again that talked about this topic! :) . Some problems may occur in a couple of years. e.g. tanning beds. When you go and get tanned and you do this every single day or maybe three or four times a week, cancer might not appear in the next couple of weeks or months. it’s a process that takes place. and I think that that’s the point. Sometimes it just takes time.

    • Leesha says:

      ..but this is fruits and vegetables. That was my whole point, the superfood powder is fruits and vegetables lol. im so confused at what you are referring to

    • Becky says:

      If this was a vitamin supplement, I could see your point, but it’s not a vitamin supplement. I learned about all of the vitamin overdoses that are possible, but there is also the fact that if you take a vitamin PILL you won’t be getting all of the vitamins that are in that pill because the whole pill isn’t digested. I’m not sure how it works exactly, but I know if you take a pill that has, say, 1000 units of a vitamin, you really only end up absorbing around 500 units because of the vitamins being in pill form. I definitely understand your concerns when it comes to vitamins, but that is why you should look very closely at multivitamin labels and consult a doctor before you start taking anything. If you need a specific vitamin, you should take that specific vitamin instead of a multivitamin so you aren’t getting too much of the ones you don’t need.

      Like I said, I understand your point about vitamins and it is something more people should be aware of. But this post isn’t about vitamins. It’s about the grass powder and antioxidant filler.

      • Christina says:

        Yes, I know. I totally got it wrong. I just went over the article quite quickly and didn’t really pay attention. I’m a bit confused anyway. My bad :) Haha, I guess you shouldn’t really try to do anything when you’re sick and lying in bad with a bad fever.

  4. Hanna says:

    Oh Leesha I love these posts… I really do!

    However I do have a question. Can you also put the water booster in a smoothie? Or does that not work?

    • Leesha says:

      this is healthy? the superfood drink powder has over 60% organic ingredients, and its completely natural, and the water booster is just green tea extract, again, natural and healthy. where are you getting that it isnt?

      • Becky says:

        I think they mean “Why take the alternatives INSTEAD of eating healthy and exercising”. Like, if people exercised and ate healthy in the first place they wouldn’t need these extras? I think that’s what she’s going for…

    • Melissa says:

      I know you didn’t point out anything specifically, but I’m using this as an example: Leesha said in the post that the anti-oxidant water booster is a good alternative for her because she doesn’t like tea. Yes, she COULD still drink the tea and just force it down, but this is a MUCH more enjoyable option for her. You’re more likely to live a healthy lifestyle if you enjoy what you’re doing/eating rather than forcing yourself to do it.

      I think your point, though, is that people shouldn’t just take the lazy way out and get some fruity little drink mix to avoid eating fruits and veggies. That’s true, you shouldn’t rely ONLY on substitutions and add-ins. If you’re living an unhealthy lifestyle, it takes more than these products to say you’ve changed that.

      What Leesha’s trying to do is make an effort to change in a way that she enjoys, not just cover up for the fact that she’s not making an effort. :)

      • Jess says:

        This is exactly what I was referring to.
        I suppose I should have elaborated but I’m pretty sure I never claimed it wasn’t “healthy” so no need to get defensive. I just don’t think people realize how much cheaper/easier it is to simply eat clean and exercise daily. Then there is no need to buy extra supplements when you get the same benefits with just eating clean. That’s all I was saying.

        • Melissa says:

          I disagree about it being easier to eat clean and exercise daily than to use supplements. I think it’s exactly the opposite, actually. It takes a lot more effort to eat clean and exercise daily than it does to skip the exercise and put a few drops of a supplement into a drink. I do understand what your point is though. Supplements certainly aren’t cheaper, and there isn’t a NEED to buy extra supplements for anyone…ever. That said, for some people it’s easier to use a supplement to fit their lifestyle or taste than it is to get the same benefits from eating clean. If they feel it works and they can afford it, why would they want to change that? It’s more of a comfort thing, really. Some people prefer your way, some prefer Leesha’s, but neither are doing it the wrong way.
          By the way, sorry if I’m coming off as a bit harsh. I’m just a natural debater, I mean absolutely no offense with any of this.

    • Sara says:

      I juice fruits and veggies.

      Would you rather EAT a full apple, a full handful of raw spinach, a handful of kale, 2 carrots, a tomato, a stalk of raw asparagus, handful of grapes, handful of strawberries ALL IN ONE SITTING?

      OR

      Would you rather juice all of those items together and drink ONE delicious drink.

      Id rather the drink – because I dont have to eat ALL those foods in ONE sitting. And really…who eats raw asparagus? I dont, but I can drink it !

      Now adding an add in/alternative/substitute – will only BOOST what I can put in my body in ONE SHOT, instead of forcing myself to eat fruits and veggies constantly throughout the day – trust me, you’d get sick of it. Raw plain carrots – yuck… eatting raw spinach yuck – but together in a drink AMAZING!

  5. CupK8 says:

    I do a superfood supplement in my morning smoothies as well! I found a great chocolate-flavored one at my local health food store. They also had little individual packets, so I tried a few before settling on that one. :) I like to mix it with some milk and a banana – and, if it’s after a work-out or my breakfast, some whey protein.

  6. Yeah says:

    Haha, it says right on the container that it’s made with food. so more or less it seems like it’s powdered health food with some added antioxidants.. I love the lectures on the dangers of over-dosing on vitamins in a blog post that’s not about taking vitamins.

  7. Anna says:

    I drink the green powders with water and stevia. I used to hate it, but I got used to it and now I kind of like the taste.
    I don’t add them to juices because they ruin it for me for some reason lol Don’t like the combination, and try to spread out nutrient intake throughout the day for better absorption.
    Also- try Miracle reds from Macrolife Naturals! Great for you and tastes better than green ones.

  8. kathrina says:

    I have that superfood! well, the kids version actually bc thats the one i found. I love it. I have the chocolate flavor and add it in with some milk and a chocolate protein powder. so yummy! I make it for breakfast as i run out the door to catch the bus.
    The only thing Im not fond of is the price. as a college student, im super poor. But I really like it and it helps me have a breakfast so I still buy it

  9. Melissa says:

    I think what I love the most about this post is the fact that it actually got some discussions going in the comments. People commenting that they think a look or product is good or bad (like most do normally) are nice and I’m not putting those kinds of comments down at all, but people seem to be putting a bit more thought into the comments here.

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