*Disclosure: I received a free gallon of Chef V’s green drink for editorial consideration. I liked it and asked if I could speak with Chef V for a feature on Fit & Awesome.
If you’ve been reading Fit & Awesome for a while now, you probably know that I am a big fan of juicing. Whenever I feel like I need to kickstart my health, I will go on a three day juice cleanse to help get rid of some cravings and get me feeling better quickly. I know there is controversy around juice cleanses, but it’s something that works for me and I like it. I have not done a juice cleanse in over a year now due to being pregnant and now breastfeeding. When I was pregnant I didn’t have any juice at all (due to it being non-pasteurized) and now that I’m breastfeeding Baby Awesome I can have juice again as a supplement to my diet. I am trying to incorporate a juice whenever I have the opportunity. I usually have to go to the juicery because there is no way I’m going to bust out my juicer right now with a newborn in the house. It just gets too messy and I’m too tired to have the time.
When Baby Awesome was about a month old I was introduced to a green drink delivery service by Chef V. I was very interested in this product because the idea of having fresh green juice delivered to my doorstep sounded like just what I needed at that point in my life. I wasn’t leaving the house much except to go on walks and if I went to the grocery store it was late at night after my husband came home. Anything we could have delivered to us was always a big win. I received a one week supply of Chef V’s Organic Green Drink. It came on a Tuesday morning in two half gallon jugs. They didn’t ring my doorbell or anything – just left it outside. Ringing our doorbell means a barking dog and a crying baby so I appreciated that they did not do this.
Chef V’s green drink has the following ingredients in it:
- Black Kale
- Green Kale
- Collard Greens
- Green Leaf Lettuce
- Curly Parsley
- Green Chard
- Dandelion Greens
- Filtered Water
All of the greens are organic. Several of the ingredients were ones I’d never had in juice before, either. Black kale? Dandelion greens? Curly parsley? Sounds like a fancy salad at a restaurant.
When I tried the green drink I thought it was pretty good. It tastes like green juice, but it isn’t strong and overpowering considering how much greens are in there. It’s actually pretty mellow in taste. Waiting the extra time after drinking the green drink was hard for me because breastfeeding makes you really hungry and I usually had a glass of the green drink when I was famished. I drank the drink every day for a week before meals, but I did forget to drink is before some meals. Here are my overall thoughts:
- The convenience of having a healthy, green drink delivered to my door
- The taste was pretty good for all the greens that are in there
- It’s low in sugar. Most green drinks and juices are high in sugar and this was only 3 grams of sugar per serving
What I did not love…
- The drink only lasts 7 days so if you don’t drink it all in that timeframe you could end up with extra juice that goes bad. If you drink it before every meal you shouldn’t have a problem but there were some days I forgot. I blame my new mom brain.
After I tried Chef V’s Green Drink for a week I had the opportunity to speak to Chef V herself. She started her delivery service because she wanted to appeal to the average person who wants to eat healthy but never thought they could. Her philosophy is to have a little bit of greens everyday before your meal, wait 15-30 minutes, and let your body absorb the nutrients. She recommends you do this before any meal. After the green drink she recommends having a high protein meal like chicken and quinoa. According to Chef V, the idea is you’re putting something really good into your body first thing in the so you will be more conscious of what you eat for the rest of the day. The green drink is also an appetite curb for some people because if you’re feeling hungry you can just pour yourself a glass of the green drink and see if your hunger subsides.
Overall I was a big fan of Chef V’s green drink and I would definitely try it again. A week’s worth of green drink is $34.95. It may sound like a lot but when you break the price down it’s actually very reasonable. A gallon of the green drink is 128 ounces. Considering most 16 oz green juices retail for around $8 at a local juicery (at least the ones here in LA), I think its a pretty good deal.
For people who are scared to try a green drink, Chef V has a 100% money back guarantee where people can cancel and get their money back with no questions asked. Use the promo code FITANDAWESOME when you are checking out and you can try a week of the green drink and get one week free. The promo code is also good for 55% off any of Chef V’s juice cleanses. You can visit the Chef V website here.
What about you? Do you drink green juice? How often? Would a service like this appeal to you? Post in the comments and let me know!