View Full Version : Go Greens Cheap at Costco
12-14-2008, 12:41 PM
For those of you who find the cost of green powders prohibitive, Costco now has "Go Greens" packets on sale for a very reasonable price. I've found that "Go Greens" is not as strong as Alissa's green powder, Vitamineral green, Sun is Shining Superfood or other high-end green powders that I've used. The good thing is that "Go Greens" lists the exact quantities of every ingredient in it, so you know what you're buying, and you actually get a pretty good deal on real ingredients. The amount of chlorella and barley grass it contains is impressive for the price. There are hardly any fillers at all in the "Go Greens" powder. My only gripes are that all the little individual packets create too much waste (I'm an environmentalist), and also that it contains xylitol and soy lecithin, but both these ingredients are plant-based and reasonably healthy. I've been taking "Go Greens" while waiting for my next order of high-quality green powder to come in the mail, and it does make a positive difference in how I feel. Even a cheap green powder is better than none. Also, "Go Greens" tastes better than any other green powder I've tried. It has a "melon apple" flavor that I worried would be too strong for my sensitive raw taste buds, but actually works beautifully with other fruit in a green smoothie.
Here's the ingredients in "Go Greens" http://www.greenstogo.com/product/ingredients.php .
While you're at Costco, make sure you pick up some Medjool dates and some Earthbound Farms organic salad mix. Those are also on sale right now :) . Have a sweet and green holiday!
12-14-2008, 02:34 PM
Just got the salad mixes, although at my local BJ's (same thing as cotco!) wooohooo I purposely buy WAY TOO MUCH, to force myself into more green smoothies!
12-14-2008, 03:45 PM
I love Costco. I take my Dad to Costco every week. Great deals on produce for me - for Dad he finds a ton of other things.
Vitamix people were there over the weekend too with a pretty good deal on the VITAMIX 5200. Too bad I already got mine.
I have a few containers of dates in my fridge right now - produce guy said they will last a long time if you store them in there. ;)
I will have to look through their vitamin section next time we are there for the Go Greens, I never need anything in there so we usually skip it. Maybe I can get my husband to start adding it to his diet (he is a SAD eater but with my help we are adding more fruits and veggies to his diet). I have actually built up a tolerance for drinking Alissa's green powder with just water
Thank you for all the great info on "Go Greens"!
I apologize for the thread jack with the info below.
We also love buying the organic spring mix, baby spinach and carrots. I've filled out a comment card and praised them for carrying these organic items and told them we'd support other organic items too.
I buy our dates from Costco too. I contacted the grower and he emailed this about the dates: (Just sharing information - I asked him about long term storage and if they spray them)
We also believe that the very best long-term storage of dates is to freeze them. We do not, however, recommend bags unless they are specifically dedicated long-term freezer bags. Most are not and will only support freezing for a relatively short period of time without significant moisture loss.
My wife takes these extra precautions:
1: She accomplishes the project at the earliest possible time after harvest (for Medjool, now),(for Deglet Noor, very soon) in order to preserve the "fresh" taste and texture.
2: She places them in the refrigerator first in order to make them more solid for easier handling and to help prevent them from sticking together in the freezer.
3: She uses very heavy bags and has (at times) even used a vacuum sealing bag system and only fills the bags such that the dates form 1 layer.
4: She places the sealed bags inside large heavy Rubbermaid or Tupperware freezer storage containers.
5: She uses a dedicated freezer with a frozen temperature at or below zero degrees Fahrenheit.
6: When she wants to thaw and use some dates, she allows them to thaw in the refrigerator until they have equalized to refrigerator temperature.
7: Our family prefers the fruit be "just like off the tree" so she allows it to rise to room temperature before serving.
8: If the dates have dried ( even VERY dry ), she places them in one layer, inside a steamer basket or strainer, over a very large pot (8 quart or larger) of PREVIOUSLY boiling hot water, just off the heat, covers with a moist towel and allows the dates to rest for about an hour. This process gently rehydrates the fruit and I must attest that afterward it's almost impossible to determine which is fresh picked and which is a year old frozen / rehydrated date. If you "steam" the dates over live steam, the essential color, texture and flavor will change; not a "bad" thing, just not that fresh date taste, etc.
9: For use in baked products, a simple light steaming or even soaking over-dry dates in warm water will soften the fruit sufficiently so as to be an appropriate ingredient.
Our dates are held in cold storage throughout the packing season from harvest until the pack/ship cycle. This helps establish a fresher taste and appearance by not disturbing the nature of the fruit until just before packing. Our recommendation is to purchase several packages at the onset of the season so that you can personally freeze them for even better results than possible in our packinghouse.
Our Deglet Noor dates are sprayed (dusted) with Malathion and natural elemental sulphur (the yellow kind mined from the ground, NOT sodium metabisulfite the problematic preservative and NOT sulphur dioxide gas which is used in the DRIED (not fresh) fruit industry). This sulphur is a natural deterrent to pests. Literally, they smell it and keep away. This and the Malathion are rendered safe for human consumption after a very short time and are only used far in advance of the harvest to ensure far more than enough time has elapsed, in accordance with the specified labeled regulation. The Medjool dates are only dusted with sulphur, not Malathion as the pests that disturb Medjools all respond to the sulphur. It is my understanding that the very limited amount of "organic" dates available are all dusted with sulphur as it is a natural element, not a synthetic chemical. However, we are not "organic" in that we do also fumigate all our fruit in accordance with USDA approved guidelines, using a common food grade fumigant with very controlled procedures and techniques.
I hope that this answers your questions about our wonderful California dates. If you have anything further, please don't hesitate to contact me at once. Thank you for your continued patronage,
Subject: Date questions
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2008 17:24:18 -0700
We buy your dates at our WA State Costco and enjoy them SO much! Both the medjool and the pitted..
A couple questions please. I read online the best way to store them (longer term) is to removed them from the container, put in a ziploc bag and freeze. And to always keep them refrigerated. Is this your recommendation?
Last question - do you spray your dates? We're trying to go organic, or get as close as we can. Thank you for your time.
12-14-2008, 05:08 PM
Thanks so much for all of the information about the dates. They're fumigated?! Ick :eek: . Sometimes ignorance is bliss, I guess. The dates from www.rawfromthefarm.com are great too, and totally raw and organic, but outside of my normal budget.
Yes, the "Go Greens" are in the supplements isle.
12-15-2008, 06:43 AM
I don't go there often, Thanks for Sharing, I'll check it out.
Raw Angel Mom
12-15-2008, 09:22 AM
They also sell organic green produce. I was so thrilled about this. We buy frozen mango there even though this isn't organic, but i will never buy any berries that isn't organic because of the high contain of pesticid.
12-15-2008, 10:16 AM
I buy the frozen Wild Blueberries at Costco because they are wild crafted in Maine, and probably contain low/no pesticides. Also a great source of bright blue antioxidants.
05-21-2012, 06:17 AM
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05-21-2012, 02:27 PM
I like to use the 3 pound bag of organic mixed berries I get at another similar chain of stores found on the east coast called "BJ's" which is just like a Costco or Sams club. The thing only costs me 10 bucks and I can make green smoothies everyday because of it, it's fantastic! By far the best deal I have seen for frozen fruit anywhere in my area.
08-17-2012, 05:36 PM
Hmm the dates being fumigated means probably either phosphine or sulfuryl fluoride. Costco's internal policy is not to use methyl-bromide treated shipping crates and pallets so I don't imagine thats the fumigant they're talking about; its still granted exceptions for use in California as a fumigant at warehouses and freight companies despite a global treaty against its use so its possible especially since one of the primary foods exceptions were granted for at were California dates (second to strawberries) last time I checked.
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