Athletic Greens Vs. Kylea Total Living Drink Greens — Surprisingly Similar?

Athletic Greens is considered by many as the gold standard in green superfood drinks: it has a wide variety of ingredients that perform just about every function you could want from a greens drink.

But I thought Kylea’s Total Living Drink Greens, while not quite as well-known, is an effective supplement. Part protein shake, part greens superfood drink, it has almost all of the same ingredients as Athletic Greens and in the same quantities, too.

I was surprised by how hard it was to pick a favorite. Read on for the final decision.

Taste

Athletic Greens: It tastes like tropical fruit-flavored yogurt with a little ginger. It’s complex and warm, and really enjoyable.

[Check out our full Athletic Greens review!]

Total Living Drink Greens: It’s blueberry flavored but it also tastes strongly of green tea. In that regard it’s almost like açai berry, but it’s an even earthier flavor. It’s nice enough for a green superfood drink, but I definitely preferred Athletic Greens.

[Check out our full Kylea Total Living Drink Greens Review!]

Winner: Athletic Greens

Athletic Greens Review

Price

Athletic Greens: These are both pretty pricy greens supplements. You can pick up one bag of Athletic Greens for 97 dollars. That provides 30 servings for $3.23 each.

If you decided to get a monthly subscription of the stuff, the price drops to $77 per bag or $2.56 a serving.

[Get up to 24% off Athletic Greens here!]

Total Living Drink Greens: One bag of 30 servings is 99 dollars, so it comes out to $3.30 a serving. Kylea also provides a monthly subscription service which drops the price to 84 dollars a bag or $2.80 a serving.

Winner: Athletic Greens

Athletic Greens vs Kylea Total Living Drink Greens

Ingredients

Athletic Greens: There are seventy-five ingredients in Athletic Greens and they’re all linked to some kind of health benefit. There are the grasses wheat grass and alfalfa, the algae spirulina and chlorella, and an assortment of powdered fruits and vegetables that all come together to provide a big hit of antioxidants and micronutrients.

There are also a lot of roots and herbs linked to everything from mental clarity to stress management, better immunity, liver health, better blood sugar, and general longevity. These include astragalus, rhodiola rosea, eleuthero root, milk thistle, reishi mushrooms, beta glucans, and rosehip. There are also 7.2 billion probiotic bacteria from two strains to boost digestive health.

Total Living Drink Greens: Kylea’s product has almost all of the same ingredients as Athletic Greens and in roughly the same quantities as well. They both have spirulina, chlorella, and wheat grass, which are something of a holy trinity in the greens powder industry — practically every product worth its salt contains the three of them in some measure.

Total Living Drink Greens also has medicinal roots and herbs like astragalus, rhodiola rosea (for stress management), eleuthero root (for immunity), milk thistle (for liver health) and green tea (for antioxidants).

(We tried 47 brands: check out our best green superfood powder picks!)

It’s also worth noting that that Kylea has four kinds of probiotic bacteria while Athletic Greens only has two. That’s actually important, as having a diversity of gut bacteria is important for gut health.

But it doesn’t have adaptogenic mushrooms or ashwagandha, two ingredients that are coveted in greens powders for their immunity boosting and stress busting effects. Athletic Greens is also more transparent, noting that it has 7.2 billion probiotic bacteria but while Kylea doesn’t mention the probiotic count.

It’s tight, but Athletic Greens has more ingredients with a wider variety of benefits.

Winner: Athletic Greens

Athletic Greens vs Kylea Total Living Drink Greens Compared

Effectiveness

Athletic Greens: As we said above, Athletic Greens has more ingredients linked to more benefits, and unlike some of its competitors the ingredients are in sufficiently high quantities to make a difference. We’re talking antioxidants to slow and repair some of the effects of aging, a slew of ingredients linked to immunity, more than a few roots that may lower stress and anxiety, a dose of beta glucans to help control blood sugar, and more.

The nutrition profile is also impressive: 700 percent of the RDI of Vitamin C, 332 percent of the daily Vitamin E, 466 percent of your daily Vitamin B12, and about 100 percent of the RDI of B1, B2, B6, B12, K2, biotin, and zinc.

Total Living Drink Greens: We noted in the “ingredients” section that while Kylea’s product shares a lot of the same ingredients as Athletic Greens, it falls short in adaptogenic mushrooms, ashwagandha, beta glucans, rosehip, and other specialty ingredients.

But in the vitamin and mineral department, Kylea comes ahead. It has more vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, selenium, manganese, chromium, and a few other trace minerals. These vitamins and minerals have been added into the product — they don’t naturally occur from the powdered plants and vegetables, making this more of a greens-powder-plus-multivitamin than a true greens supplement.

It’s also worth noting that there are 11 grams of protein per scoop of Total Living Drink Greens, making it more anabolic but also three times higher in calories (120 calories) compared to Athletic Greens.

So, ultimately it’s tough to compare the two products because Kylea has made a combination greens-mutlivitamin-protein drink, putting it in a different category to Athletic Greens.

I would argue that if you want a supplement that’s extremely high in vitamins and minerals like Kylea, you’re more likely to simply buy a multivitamin. If you want an all-natural drink that provides a lot of more intangible benefits like stress reduction, cognitive benefits, immunity, and so on… you’ll likely get more out of Athletic Greens.

Winner: Athletic Greens

Overall Winner: Athletic Greens

This was a really tight race and these are both excellent products. But Athletic Greens is cheaper, it tastes better, it does a better job of fitting the definition of a greens powder, and it provides more ingredients that deliver a wider range of benefits.

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