01 April 2010

Get Your Green On Giveaway

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, most people should aim for at least nine servings of vegetables and fruits a day. While everyone agrees that fresh fruits and veggies are a great way to get the nutrients you need for optimum health, the average person doesn't even consume one green salad a day.

A couple of years ago, I was that "average person." I probably consumed nine servings – about 4 1/2 cups – a week. True.

Today, things are different. By the time I've finished my breakfast, I've had roughly nine servings of leafy greens, vegetables and fruits. My morning ritual: 32 ounces of freshly extracted green plant blood.

But, I get that most folks aren't as fond of the green juices and smoothies as I am. And let's face it, in today's world, convenience is key. It takes time to wash and prep veggies for juicing and blending. Sometimes, you just need to get out the door.

For times like that, or when I don't have access to my juicer or blender while traveling, a green powdered supplement is perfect. Recently, I've had the opportunity to try Antioxidant Natural Greens.

Manufactured in the U.S. for Tropical Traditions, Antioxidant Natural Greens is made with certified organic ingredients and processed at low temperature. It contains no added fillers, dairy, soy, MSG or artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Let's take a look at some of the greens included:

Spirulina (certified organic)
Spirulina is a freshwater algae containing an incredible source of nutrients. It provides generous amounts of beta-carotene, vitamin B12, iron and chlorophyll. Spirulina also has the highest protein of any natural food and contains more antioxidants than most regular whole foods.

Chlorella

This green single-cell freshwater algae contains high levels of chlorophyll, beta-carotene and more than 20 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, folic acid, and vitamin C.

Barley Grass Juice Powder (certified organic)
Barley Grass is made into a juice at time of harvest. In juice form, it's about 45% protein. The amount of nutrients in barley grass is extremely high. For example, it has seven times more vitamin C than a single orange and 11 times the amount of calcium found in cow's milk.

Alfalfa Concentrate
Alfalfa is one of the most nutrient-rich food sources. Said to contain over 300 nutrients and phytonutrients, it is especially rich in minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium.  It's also a natural source of fluoride, fiber and chlorophyll.

Just these four ingredients alone, pack a powerhouse of nutrients. You can find the complete nutrition data for the product here.

I tried the Berry Flavored mixed with both natural spring water and coconut water, and found that it blends well (read: not thick and goopy). It's sweetened with stevia and has a nice taste.

My Siberian husky, Maya, is crazy for green smoothies so I wanted to see how she'd like the Antioxidant Natural Greens. I blended some in her water bowl, which she slurped right up and I also sprinkled some onto her regular food. She licked her chops, so I think she'd give it a paws up.

Wanna get your GREEN on?

The lovely folks at Tropical Traditions have offered to gift one lucky reader with his/her choice of Antioxidant Natural Greens in Mint or Berry Flavored, with or without Licorice Root Extract. This premium dietary supplement blend retails for $44.00.

You have until Midnight EDT, April 4th to get your entries in. I'll call on Mr. Random Number Generator to pick a winner. While I would love to hear from readers all over the globe, at the request of Tropical Traditions, I must limit entries to folks who live in the U.S. only. UPDATE 4-2-10: Tropical Traditions has graciously offered to open this giveaway to Canadian readers as well.

To enter, just answer this question in the Comments below this post:
What is your favorite fruit AND veggie?

Extra Entries: If you'd like to increase your chances of winning, please leave a separate comment for each extra entry.
  • Tweet the giveaway with a link to this post (please include your Twitter ID in the comment).
  • Blog about this giveaway and link back to this post. Again, please leave the link to your blog post in the comment.
Good luck everyone!

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

UPDATE 4-5-10: This contest is now closed. 
Congratulations Lauren519, you're a winner!


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