Saturday, April 11, 2015

Despite The Indistinct Flavor, Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness Is SO Good!

The Good: Very nutritious, Decent flavor
The Bad: Expensive, Not a strong or distinctive flavor
The Basics: Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness is good and one of the staple Bolthouse Farms fruit juice smoothie flavors without being truly exceptional.

I love Bolthouse Farms beverages. They are my healthy way to avoid eating a ton of fruits and vegetables. But there are a few that I enjoy while still being able to recognize that they are not exceptional. Perhaps the one I find myself purchasing the most without any clear understanding of why, other than that the drink meets a number of basic nutritional needs is the Green Goodness.

Green Goodness is a drink I have had many times and in order to try writing about it, I had to blindfold myself and re-try it. After all, it is tough to describe something's flavor as "green" and on the flavor front, there is not honestly any flavor that is even reminiscent of vegetables. And yet, when one looks at the drink and then drinks it, the mind sometimes inserts something more veggie to this fruit drink!


Bolthouse Farms is a health drink brand, which is a full-health beverage (as opposed to being a liquid vitamin supplement) and, as a general rule, they tend to taste better than energy drinks. This is a fruit beverage that naturally contains several nutrients. Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness comes in a 32 fl. oz. plastic bottle that is smooth and very portable. The #1 recyclable bottle is filled with the opaque olive green liquid. Bolthouse Farms juice products is one of the leading manufacturer of healthy prepared beverages, both of fruit juices and dairy beverages.

The 32 fl. oz. bottle gives consumers four full servings, though the bottle is not marked with clear delineations for each serving.

Ease Of Preparation

Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness is a liquid in the 32 fl. oz. bottle and is a ready-to-drink beverage. So, preparation is as easy as opening a plastic bottle. Green Goodness has a plastic cap that easily twists off and can be put back on in order to reseal it. It is important to note that this is supposed to be refrigerated, so quality of the beverage may degrade if it is left out at room temperature before or after the bottle is open. This has a pretty standard security seal ring around the lower half of the cap and informs the consumer as to whether the product has been opened by cracking off when the top is twisted.


The Green Goodness smells slightly of soured apples and something vegetable, but indistinct. The scent is neither inviting, nor a detraction for this beverage.

In the mouth, the Green Goodness tastes essentially like apple juice and milk. The fruity quality of the juice is blended with the more milky, dry secondary flavor. The overall flavor is much like a melted milkshake, if there were an apple and kiwi milkshake to be had. The fruit flavors in this drink are more muted than distinct, but they are not bad.

The Green Goodness has virtually no aftertaste to it.


As a healthy fruit beverage, Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness is designed to fill in some of the nutritional gaps one might have in their diet, most notably Manganese and Vitamin C, which the Green Goodness has a ton of! Nutritionally, Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness is an option for those who are dieting or are trying to improve their health, who are looking for specific nutrients and hydration. Green Goodness contains pineapple juice from concentrate, apple juice from concentrate, and mango puree from concentrate (among other things). It contains nothing bad, though it is not gluten free, though it does not appear to contain any meat or dairy products in it, so it IS Vegan compliant! As well, there are no preservatives, artificial flavors or colors or genetically modified ingredients!

This drink is also very healthy. One serving of Green Goodness has no fat and 140 calories. While there are 30 grams of sugars and two grams of protein, the beverage has no cholesterol! There are 30 mg (1% RDA) of sodium in each serving. A single serving is a decent source of four key vitamins and minerals.


Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness comes in a plastic bottle and it keeps for only a few weeks. This beverage must be refrigerated!

This drink is a fruit product and dull, dark green. If this gets on light clothes, it will certainly stain them. Consult a care guide for your clothes, though I suspect light clothes would need bleach to get this out. Still, the drink wipes off surfaces easily with a cloth, assuming they are impermeable.


Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness is an unextraordinary, but flavorful beverage that is worth trying . . . even if it is tough to describe!

For other Bolthouse beverages, please check out my reviews of:
Daily Roots
Berry Boost
Holiday Nog


For other food reviews, please visit my Food Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2015 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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