I’ll be honest, a year ago I didn’t know “Boku” existed.
Over the past few months, I’ve been interested in testing out different superfood drink options and super greens. I’m a HUGE fan of the juicer and I do a lot of it, but sometimes I’m in too much of a hurry. If you are looking for a quick, easy, source of nutrients and minerals, let me Boku Superfood Review – My Personal Experience tell you if Boku super food is the supplement for you.
For many years, it was pretty hard to regularly find a decent superfood supplement that didn’t taste horrible or have a terrible texture. I’ve tested out my fair share of greens supplements (see the bottom of this article for “alternatives”) but was pretty stoked to test out Boku.
So, I reached out and (full disclosure) received some review samples! I actually wasn’t expecting this and was more interested in connecting with the brand managers, so this was pretty cool!
- 1 Boku Superfood Core Ingredients
- 2 The Pros and Cons of This Super Food
- 3 Pros
- 4 Cons
- 5 Boku Alternatives – What About the Competition?
- 6 Final Recommendation – Yea or Nay?
Boku Superfood Core Ingredients
Bottom line up front, here are the ingredients per the labeling:
Here’s a helpful infographic going over the superfood stack:
What’s Different About it
The Boku Superfood Powder stands out in my mind for two main reasons.
First, the ingredients are among the most allergen and environmentally conscious in the industry. It’s certified Organic, Non GMO, Fair Trade, with no soy, dairy, or wheat (gluten free).
It’s also produced in small batches, meaning that there isn’t the mass produced processed side effects that are common in so many supplements. In effect, this allows them to adjust quickly to make improvements without dumping lower quality product on the market. It also means that the time from harvesting to consumption is much shorter.
Second, Boku Superfood is easy on the taste buds. Some green food supplements are gritty and taste bitter, not Boku. They seem to have found the right balance between something that mixes well, provides plenty of nutrients but doesn’t leave a bad after taste.
The Pros and Cons of This Super Food
Every supplement I test generally has some “pros” and “cons” and some health benefits. While I’m a big fan of Boku Superfood, I still found a few on both sides worth mentioning.
Can be Consumed with just Water
I definitely recommend adding it to smoothies and shakes, but it’s fine to stir mix into water. There will still be some small particles floating, but it mixes and goes down easier than many competing supplements. This is perfect for me because sometimes I’m in a rush and don’t have time for my smoothies.
Diverse Mushroom Blend
It’s rare that you find a superfood supplement with more than a handful of mushroom varieties. Boku has 14 different blends. This is unprecedented and leverages the wisdom of Chinese medicine. I haven’t found a greens supplement yet with this kind of mushroom variety.
Diverse Fruit Blend
15 different fruits is a very good sampling of the core groups that you want from a superfood supplement. You’ll get many of the standard berries, as well as more exotic fruits like hawthorn berry, goji berry, and lucuma fruit.
Lots of Sprouted Veggies
The “super sprouts” are some of my favorite aspects of the Boku blend. You get 8+ different sprouted veggies included harder to find ones like red clover sprouts. Sprouts have been proven to be much more potent than fully grown veggies, meaning this blend packs a powerful punch.
Small Batch Processed
At first I was a bit skeptical of this feature. Why does it matter? Well, the more I researched the more I liked it. Unlike the mass produced supplements, small batch processing means better attention to detail and generally “fresher” ingredient list (from farm to table). Maybe it’s not a game changer, but this is probably a trend to watch for green supplements in the future. Maybe that’s what makes it nutrient dense as well.
Sweetened with Maple Syrup
Personally, I think this is a pretty innovative sweetener to use. I haven’t seen it done elsewhere, but using Vermont maple syrup to cut the bitter edge provides the perfect balance. Some might prefer stevia or other sugar substitutes, but I’m of the opinion that you can’t really “trick” the body without side effects. Maple syrup is a smart natural sugar substitute that separates Boku from the competition. It’s still a green drink, but at least it has enough sweetness and flavor.
No Wheat Grass Present
If you like wheat grass, you might be disappointed. Boku uses Barley grass instead. However, these two are nearly identical in terms of nutrient profile. While wheatgrass tends to be sweeter, barley grass is a tad more bitter but also happens to be easier on the digestive track.
Only 9 Grams Per Serving
I find myself adding two scoops to most of my drinks because 9 grams of superfoods is a bit on the low side. This – in effect – drives up the cost a bit (see below), but on the flip side can be a great way to ease into a greens diet and slowly scale up.
Can be a bit Pricey
It’s certainly not the most expensive superfood supplement out there, but it also isn’t the cheapest. It’s not as inexpensive as Amazing Grass Green Superfood: Super Greens Powder with Spirulina, Chlorella, Digestive Enzymes & Probiotics, Original, 30 Servings (which I’ve reviewed here), but it’s much less expensive to try a smaller pack than something like bulk ordering Athletic Greens (full review). Generally, Boku is roughly equivalent in price to the Amazing Grass superfood product line.
Boku Alternatives – What About the Competition?
Talk is cheap, that’s why I always like to stack up against the key facts in a simple comparison table. Check it out:
|Greens Supplement||Superfood Grams per Serving||Number of Fruits||Number of Veggies/Sprouts||Grams Fiber per Serving||Varieties Probiotics/Enzymes||Added Sweetener||Cost per Serving|
|Boku Superfood||9||10||13||4||7||Maple syrup||About $0.99 (check here)|
|Amazing Grass||8||5||7||2||7||None||About $0.70 (check here)|
|Athletic Greens||12||7||11||1.9||4||None||About $4.33 (check here)|
|Organifi Green Juice||9||4||5||4||None||Monk fruit||About $2.33 (check here)|
|Green Vibrance||11.8||7||20||2||17||None||About $1.13 (check here)|
|Orgain Superfood||14||10||30||7||1||None||About $1.07 (check here)|
Best Tasting Alternative?
As you can see from the table above, Organifi: Green Juice-Organic Superfood Powder - Vegan Greens with Ashwagandha might not offer the most complex formula, but by using monk fruit and a hint of mint it’s the green drink I found to be most palatable. As I often teach to my fitness students, a diet or exercise regimen only works if you follow through every day.
The fact that Organifi is smooth (no real texture or particles) and doesn’t taste like dirt means that you may require less motivation to actually take it every day. For most people, that’s the key part. Consistency. Organifi makes it easy.
Only problem? It’s over 2x more expensive than Boku per serving with about half the superfoods. For a good compromise of price and taste, you might want to check out Athletic Greens to see if they have any active promos right now.
Alternative with the Most Bang for your Buck?
Orgain is perhaps best known for their protein supplements, but if you are looking for variety of fruits and veggies, Orgain Organic Green Superfoods Powder, Original - Antioxidants, 1 Billion Probiotics, Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO, 0.62 Pound (Packaging May Vary) has it. Based on my analysis it has the most super fruits and veggies of any (including Boku). It also has 7 grams of fiber, meaning it will help you feel full and stave off hunger.
It doesn’t have the advanced probiotics and enzymes of some others, but the bi0-variety of ingredients should still help improve digestive health. The main downside is that it’s a bit more expensive than Boku, but you can Orgain Organic Green Superfoods Powder, Original - Antioxidants, 1 Billion Probiotics, Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO, 0.62 Pound (Packaging May Vary).
Final Recommendation – Yea or Nay?
It might not offer the most in any one category, but it’s very well balanced with no major drawbacks. What Boku gets right is a superior small batch process and quality sourcing. The quality of ingredients is just as important as the diversity. They don’t just throw in random ingredients to get their ingredient count up.
In particular, the unique mushroom blend sets it apart from any of the competition.
Overall, I was very impressed with Boku Superfood as a nutrient dense green drink. It is a very competitive offering that happens to be priced among the lowest (based on cost per serving) of any greens supplement that I’ve tried.
Bottom Line: I still prefer the flavor and texture of my go-to Athletic Greens here, but Boku is a great backup to have for on-the-go (or just a break from the usual routine).
Last updated: December 16, 2019
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Health enthusiast, runner, protein nut. Owen likes to write about protein, particularly alternatve supplementation and supplement comparisons.