Each year we take a look at all the products on the market, and compare them to Lean Greens, here are our findings
Back in 2012, when Lean Greens first launched, there were very few options for a greens supplement in the UK. You would rarely find any in the health food shop, and most of them tasted so bad, that most people would only manage one sip before deciding to never touch one again.
Lean Greens was launched with the aim of creating a drinkable instant vegetable juice, that even a five-year-old would look forward to drinking every day (YES, we even had a five-year-old taste test Lean Greens)
Today, there are more options available. And whilst Lean Greens still caters for those looking for an easy, fresh-tasting instant vegetable juice, other brands are providing for customers with other requirements, and we're happy to share them with you here.
Given that the majority of the UK population are unaware of what a super greens powder is, there's still quite a range available.
We're in a unique position to have trialled many of them in the name of research for Lean Greens. So rather than keeping all that information to ourselves, we thought it might be useful for you.
We accept that some folk just don't want Lean Greens, so here are the alternatives...
7 Of The Best Greens Powder Supplements Available in the UK in 2022
"Clean Greens naturally support the body's ability to cope better with our polluted environment and supplement our diet. This broad-spectrum formula contains the highest organic grade, sustainably cultivated fruits and herbs"
"Probably the best known super greens due to the heavily marketed influencer program, also an expensive option, but certainly one of the best on the market"
Welleco Super Elixir
Almost the most expensive product I've found on the market at £96 for 300g of greens.
With the company fronted by Elle Macpherson and the tub replaced with a glass "vessel" (their words not mine) looking more like a large perfume bottle, I wondered if that justified the price.
The packaging is so incredible...
We split two-thirds of the contents over the kitchen floor just trying to get it out of the box. That was 64 quids worth of 'precious' greens wasted...
The remaining 100g or so is actually a revelation.
No harsh flavours, and a distinctly rich, creamy quality to the drink. When you've suffered through the gag-reflex-inducing qualities of the cheap and nasty greens on the market, this is quite a relief.
Even with a refill bag costing over £60, I'm not sure it could be a monthly purchase many would justify.
Probably the super greens most people hear about, considering how heavily they market the product, with an extensive influencer marketing campaign.
I almost didn't include them in this list because their European base is in the Netherlands, not the UK, and can take 10 days or more to ship to the UK.
They do have a great product though and it's a formulation that has evolved over the last 10 years. The main sticking point is the price, especially if you don't want to buy on subscription, a bag will cost £97 for 30 days supply.
This along with Welleco's product are certainly the premium end of the market, if that's your thing.
A Word Of Caution
As tempting as it seems we'd strongly recommend staying away from the budget focussed super greens.
Yes, you can buy a super greens for under £8 for a bag of suspect greenish powder, but it's likely that bag will remain under your sink, or in the bin after the first try.
This is a contentious area in the world of supergreens, especially when it comes to the UK vs the US.
We have very different labelling and food standards regulations here in the UK. It means we can't actually make any health claims relating to what super greens can do for you.
You may find various blends that have been imported from the US have a more relaxed approach to our regulations.
Very simply, if a brand is making some pretty wild claims, steer well clear.
Taste Of Supergreens Powder
It's a greens powder, none of them will taste as good as a Gin & Tonic, or a cold beer, on a warm summer's day. However, there is a huge variance in taste across the available products.
Depending on how hardcore a greens drinker you are, you may wish to try the more spirulina-heavy products in the list, such as Synergy Natural.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are the super mild Clean Greens from Pukka Herbs... interestingly this was one of the first greens I tried before Lean Greens was even an idea in my head.
Macro Nutrients in a Super Greens
It's vegetables dude!
So there's always gonna be carbs in your greens drink. And most likely some naturally occurring sugars too.
It's rare to see sugar being ADDED to a greens drink, normally the sweetness comes from Stevia Leaf.
On the protein front, there are products that do try to inflate the protein intake of the greens by adding in vegetable-based proteins, such as the gritty-tasting pea protein.
So there are your top UK super greens supplements!
The one thing you can say about greens drink, is no two products are the same.
They all tend to have a unique blend, flavour and texture. Find the one you can drink on a regular basis and go for that.