I was invited by GoodBelly to try their line of probiotic juice drinks. They sent me vouchers for 3 GoodBelly products to start my 12-day GoodBelly Challenge to experience better digestive health, and are providing 3 vouchers to one lucky Twin Cities Frugal Mom reader as well!
GoodBelly is a probiotic drink that contains live & active probiotic cultures. They’re dairy-free, soy-free and vegan. It’s packed with 20 billion CFUs of the probiotic strain LP299V, which, as it states on their website, is one of the most well-researched and effective probiotic strains for daily digestive health.
Typically probiotics are associated with yogurt. That’s mostly how I’ve consumed them, but I’m not a huge yogurt fan. I don’t like the sourness of yogurt, so I eat it occasionally, sweetened with fruit. This is why I was curious to try GoodBelly products as they’re a juice drink, not yogurt (don’t let the packaging fool you).
My 12-Day Challenge
I went to my local Whole Foods Market and found quite a selection of GoodBelly products. They come in quarts, Goodbelly+ (4-packs), bigshots (for a bigger concentration of probiotics) and straightshots (a gently-flavored oatmilk that has no added sugar). Prices range from about $3 – $4.
The flavors were sooo hard to choose from. They come in a variety of flavors, most of which I saw in the store: Pomegranate Blackberry, Blueberry Acai, Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Coconut Water, Carrot Ginger, Cranberry Watermelon, Tropical Green, and Tropical Orange.
I chose a quart of Blueberry Acai, a quart of Tropical Orange, and a 4-pack of Strawberry GoodBelly+.
Right away I tried a strawberry drink (which was really neat because the top has a smiley face and you drink out of the smile). It was sweet & fruity and even better than I expected. I gulped it down and wanted to drink all 4 right away!
The next few days I finished off the strawberry drinks, and then over the next 8 days I alternated between the Blueberry Acai and the Tropical Orange.
I like blueberry yogurt, so I figured this probably tasted similar. Made with organic blueberry and pear juice, plus organic acai puree, the Blueberry Acai was both tart and sweet with a touch of zing from the probiotics.
The Tropical Orange flavor comes from organic orange juice, pear juice and passion fruit juice, all from concentrate, plus banana puree. It had a nice “island” taste that I could definitely see myself drinking in place of orange juice in the morning. I enjoyed this drink with breakfast several mornings to complete my 12-day challenge.
My thoughts on GoodBelly products
- The verdict? I don’t think 12 days of drinking a probiotic food product can affect anyone drastically, but I can definitely say my digestive health has been good and healthy, despite my typical daily stresses. With that said, I’m compelled to continue trying GoodBelly to see how it continues to benefit my digestive health.
- The varieties I tried contained added sugar, which I can’t see myself consuming every day indefinitely, but I definitely intend to buy GoodBelly products again so I can try all the varieties while maintaining good digestive health.
- In the Twin Cities, GoodBelly products can be found at stores like Whole Foods Market and various co-ops. My hope is that GoodBelly will make its way into more supermarkets including Target. I REALLY believe it will be popular if it does. Not everyone likes yogurt but many people like juice, and the flavors are delicious, so I hope more can discover these unique and good-for-you products.
GET GOODBELLY COUPONS
You can get two printable GoodBelly $1.00 off coupons when you sign up for the 12-day challenge on their Facebook page (click on Love it or It’s Free).
One lucky reader will win 3 vouchers to try GoodBelly products for 12 days! Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter below by Thursday, November 13th at 11:00pm CST. Winner will be randomly selected on Friday, November 14th and contacted by email. Winner must respond within 48 hours and provide a mailing address. Good luck!
(Disclosure: I was provided with 3 vouchers to try GoodBelly products for this review. All opinions are 100% mine.)