Ahh! I can’t even begin to tell you how long this post has been sitting here waiting to be completed. And no, it’s not because I’ve been super lazy (ok, maybe I have taken a few unncessary naps lately), or studying for my Metaphysics exams I have tomorrow (why on earth am I doing Metaphysics anyway?). The truth is, I just recently started my very own event planning business Ashleigh Em Events and I’ve been extremely busy putting everything in place. Think logo designs, business cards, website design, promoting the business, responding to clients, and the whole works. Growing up, I always started little businesses here and there to help put that extra cash in my pocket so I wouldn’t need to depend on my people for any extras. Call me crazy, but I would spend all of that in a jiffy. Save? What’s that? It wasn’t until recently that I realized that I wasn’t getting any younger, I’m almost through with college, and so it was finally time to make things happen, and of course, start saving for those rainy days. After all, event planning is my passion (next to PR & fashion), and to be able to do what I love at this age is an ultimate dream.
Now let’s jump right into the post.
I am not the healthiest person by any means. I hate exercising, vegetables rarely find their way on my plate, and junk food is my beloved best friend. However, there is no doubt that as of late, many persons are taking a greater interest in their health by going to the gym or working out at home, and eating better. One little trend I noticed through all this was the green juice. Now I will sit and eat my green leafy vegetables when I want to, but when it comes on to juices, I am very picky about colour. So a juice that is green? Bleh.
I have many health conscious friends. You know, the gym-goers, the salad eaters, the green juice drinkers, and the “no sugar, no salt, no flour” ones. With that being said, it wasn’t long before I gave in to this green juice trend (and the salad eating which I will share my favourite spot in a next post) thanks to them. It was just that I did not have the time and patience to go to the supermarket, pick up a few veggies, and go home and mix that all up. Fortunately, while on Twitter, I saw someone post a picture of some green juice they picked up at MegaMart here in Jamaica. Oh goodie! Bottled and all ready to drink? I was up for it.
After going to the supermarket and purchasing my dear green juice (which was about JMD$600 by the way), I went back to my dorm room to read all the
nasty healthy stuff packed inside the bottle. Before I go any further, the name of this is Green Goodness by Bolthouse Farms, and it will change your idea of green juice forever like it did mine. Because I find it to be really good stuff, I decided to give you all a little review so you could try it out if you’d like.
As you can see in the photograph above, the bottle is fairly large (32 FL.OZ. (1 QT.). 946 ml), and you may or may not drink it all off at once. I didn’t. I guess that’s one reason why I didn’t fuss too much over the price because it can actually last for some time. My routine involved getting up in the mornings and drinking a glass of the juice, and I got approximately 4-5 days worth of product. It’s also important to keep it refrigerated at all times as there are no preservatives, no artificial flavours or colours.
According to Bolthouse Farms, Green Goodness is a fruit juice smoothie containing both fruits and veggies. But what’s really in it? The label lists quite a number of ingredients such as the juice of 5 1/2 apples, 3/4 pineapple, 2 1/4 mango, 1 banana, and 1 1/3 kiwi fruit, as well as spirulina, garlic, green tea, broccoli, spinach, barley grass, wheat grass…and the list goes on. Did all that gross you yet? Yea, same here. But all these wonderful, healthy ingredients combined are what make Green Goodness one powerful drink.
What does it look and taste like?
My first comments when I poured a glass was “yuck, this is disgusting”. The colour of the juice is a very dark green that is very unappealing and can put anyone off if they were just going by the looks alone. It was also very thick. However, one sip of this juice can make you fall in love. The first thing I noticed was the sweet taste of the apples and this is the main flavour you taste throughout. Although the label lists other ingredients such as garlic and spinach which I was a bit reluctant about, there is no distinct taste of these in the juice which is a good thing. I tried it out with my younger cousins who are 6 and 14 years old and they loved it! When you can get kids to drink healthy juices like these and they love it, you know something went right. What really makes this juice worth drinking too is the amount of vitamins and minerals one serving contains as seen in the pic below.
Overall I find Green Goodness to be a very delicious mix. It is great for those persons who are looking for a juice that is not only healthy, but also one that doesn’t remind them entirely of only vegetables.