We're obsessed with greens powders at the moment and we've spent lots of time rounding up what we believe to be the best greens powders you can buy. When we're updating that guide, we're always jumping online to see what greens powders people are trying.
One brand that we kept seeing pop up when we were looking for excellent greens powders online was Verve, the brand behind the V80 greens powder. We decided to get ourselves a bag of this greens powder to see what all the fuss is about and to publish a review of this product for our readers. Let's get into it:
Quick summary - Verve V80 is pricey but we'd definitely describe it as premium. If you're looking for an Athletic Greens AG1 alternative then we'd definitely say this greens powder fits that description.
What's in Verve V80?
When I first heard about Verve V80, I assumed that the name was a nod to a V80 engine. But then I realised that it's actually a V8 engine and not a V80 engine, and that my knowledge of cars is pitiful The V80 name is actually in reference to the number of ingredients found in every bag of this greens powder - yes, there are 80 different ingredients in Verve V80, which is very impressive. The ingredients list includes vitamins and minerals which have been added, as well as ingredients that we'd expect to find in any good greens powder such as Spirulina, Chlorella, and Wheat Grass.
But there are also lots of ingredients in this product which we wouldn't have expected to find, but were happy to find. This includes kale, kelp, spinach, and broccoli. As well as adding to the "green" of this greens powder, these ingredients are also packed with goodness.
Something which really caught our eye in the ingredients list is the friendly bacteria that's been added, Bifidobacterium Bifidum and Lactobacillus rhamnosus. It's great to have a greens powder that'll do some good for your gut, and regular readers will know that we regularly consume products such as kefir and Greek yoghurt because we love to look after our gut.
It's also good to see Beta Glucans added, which as we mentioned in our guide to cereal that can lower cholesterol, can help people with high cholesterol levels.
All of the ingredients are listed on the back of the pack, but you also get this handy leaflet (pictured) which lists all of the ingredients.
What are the nutritional statistics of Verve V80?
Like all greens powders, what we're really concerned with is how much goodness we get in every scoop of this powder. And with 80 different ingredients, we're not surprised to find a lot of nutrition in Verve V80.
Often our main gripe with many of the greens powders that we've tried is that you need quite a lot of the product to get any real benefit, but that isn't the case with Verve V80. Per serving (10g), you'll find 100% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin K, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E. So that means just a tablespoon of this powder is absolutely packed with goodness.
Verve V80 is also surprisingly high in protein for a greens powder, with 19g of protein per 100g. This mostly comes from the pea protein.
If we had to give one criticism, it would be the mineral content per serving. You do get 100% of your recommended daily intake of zinc from 1 serving, but only 15% of your RDA for Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium.
We like to mix our greens powders in with protein powder so that we're getting a double boost, and we put about 10g of the Verve V80 in a protein shake to see how it tasted. We were surprised that we couldn't taste the Verve V80 at all, and we mean that in a good way - it didn't have a powerful taste at all and was actually very subtle. There was a very slight fruity taste, which is expected as the powder contains Strawberry, Mango, and Carrot.
We paid £75 for a 300g bag of Verve V80, which definitely makes this one of the most expensive greens powders that we've bought so far, but keep in mind that this was the price for a 300g bag, plus we got a few extras with the order. Also, it works out to £25 per 100g, which is roughly in line with some of the other greens powders that we've tried (for example, FS Greens costs £20 per 100g).
Anything else to mention?
We definitely don't mention the presentation of the products in our other green powder guides because we're mostly concerned with what's in the bag, not what it looks like. But we'll have to give a special mention to the presentation of the Verve V80 green powder that we received because it really did blow us away.
The green powder came with a tin for us to put the green powder in, and a nice branded glass bottle. It also came with 2 scoops (one in the tin, and one in the bag) and plenty of instructions on how to use everything. We were pretty blown away by it all!
This greens powder is also Informed Sport certified, which means it has been tested for contaminants and heavy metals to such a degree that it is safe for professional athletes to use. This certification is the gold standard in many sports, including in the world of rugby where it is the only testing certification that is recognised by England Rugby.
So there is no denying that Verve V80 is expensive, but there is also no denying that it's absolutely packed with goodness and blows most of the greens powders that we've tried out of the water. If money is no object and you're looking for a great greens powder that gives you a bunch of nutrition in each serving, this Verve V80 is a great choice.
Have you tried Verve V80? If you have, let us know about your experience in the comments! If you want to read something similar, we've published a review of the similarly impressive Daemon Power Ultimate Greens and the Aduna Super Greens.