GoodBelly 12-Day Challenge Review {& Giveaway!} – Closed

Today is a very special day around Boston. It’s Marathon Monday! And to make it even more special, my brother, Dylan, is running it! This is his first marathon and he’s running to support Respond, Inc. to raise money to aid victims of domestic abuse. It’s going to be in the high 80s today, which adds an extra challenge, but I know he’s going to rock it! So, while I’m out cheering for him and all of the other inspiring runners, I thought I’d post a giveaway to make your Monday a little more fun!

I was recently contacted by a company called GoodBelly Probiotic Juice Drinks, offering me free product coupons to take part in their 12-Day Challenge, where I would essentially drink GoodBelly every day and see how I felt.

GoodBelly

Here are a few things they believe differentiate their products from other probiotics:

  • Always dairy-free, soy-free and vegan.
  • Unlike many ‘live and active cultures’ found on the market, GoodBelly’s probiotic strain survives the stomach’s acidic environment in order to reach the rest of the intestinal tract.
  • While Lp299v is widely available in Europe, GoodBelly is the only beverage in the United States that offers this patented probiotic strain.
  • Some studies suggest that GoodBelly’s probiotics may help balance bacteria in your gut when eaten daily as part of a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle.

I had never tried probiotics before, but I was impressed with their ingredient lists (organic and with the exception of the bacteria, all things I’m familiar with and can pronounce) and I liked that the drinks are vegan. I found them at Whole Foods and picked up 3 different flavors (they have around 8 total to choose from), including:

Cranberry Watermelon

Cranberry Watermelon GoodBelly

Tropical Green

Tropical Green GoodBelly

Mango

Mango GoodBelly

I ended up really liking all three flavors, but if I had to choose, I’d say the Tropical Green was my favorite. I loved the addition of spirulina and other greens, although it was the least photogenic of the bunch. Kind of like swamp water, but I’m used to that with my green juices and smoothies.

In terms of how I felt, the difference was subtle, but I think it’s important to keep in mind that I had just finished up the 21-Day Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse and I had started brewing my own kombucha. Things were working well already and my stomach was generally happy. However,  I did notice that even on days when I was kind of lax with my healthy eating or I went out to eat, I didn’t have any digestion issues. This is actually a pretty big deal, as restaurant food, even if it’s vegan, tends to mess with my sensitive stomach at least a little.

GoodBelly retails for around $3.50-$4 per quart, so it’s just under $1 per serving. Not cheap, but worth a try, in my opinion, if you’re having digestive issues or have simply been wanting to incorporate a probiotic into your diet. The flavors I tried were around 100 calories per serving, but they do have a coconut water that’s around 70 calories (my Whole Foods was out of it, or I would have been all over that). I drank the juices straight-up, and I think they’d also be great in smoothies, or mixed with seltzer water for a lighter drink.

GoodBelly Probiotic Juice Drinks

Alright, time for a giveaway! GoodBelly has offered 3 free product coupons so that one of you can also try the 12-Day Challenge!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Mandatory: leave a comment telling me whether you’ve tried a probiotic before and/or which GoodBelly flavor(s) you’d like to try.

2. Additional entry: tweet about the giveaway – “I entered the @goodbellydrink giveaway @picklesnhoney is hosting! bit.ly/IFKJgI”. Make sure to leave a separate comment letting me know you tweeted!

The giveaway is open to US residents only. I’ll choose a winner Friday at 12pm EST.

Have a great start to your week and please send some positive running thoughts my brother’s way!

 

Please Note: GoodBelly is a food product and not a treatment or cure for any medical disorder or disease. If you have any concerns about your digestive system, you should consult a healthcare professional.

 

Giveaway is Now Closed

 

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  1. Jennifer says

    I love to drink kefri! But i’m looking for something that is dairy free and this looks like a great option! I struggle with tummy issues and if I don’t eat some sort of yogurt or kefri in the morning, I don’t feel that great. I’ve been wanting to try this product but have been hesitant. Thanks for the review, I’m definitely going to have to try this now!

  2. Kait says

    I love me my probiotics! 1 a day and sometimes 2 if its a particularly bad day. I definitely want to try the coconut water one. 🙂

  3. I’ve never tried a probiotic product. I would love to try the tropical greens!

  4. Liz says

    I’ve tried Alli, but I stopped taking them after a week because I felt sick! I would love to try the tropical green of this Good Belly product though!

  5. Audrey says

    I’ve never tried GoodBelly.

  6. sara says

    i haven’t tried probiotics. the tropical green sounds good. swamp water, ha! 🙂

  7. Shannon says

    I don’t have any experience with probiotics, but I would definitely give their tropical green drink a shot!

    1. Amanda says

      Congrats, Shannon! You’ve won 3 GoodBelly VIP coupons! I’ll send you an email to coordinate!

  8. Jen says

    I have never tried anything with probiotics, but I’d like to.

  9. I have always battled stomach issues, haven’t tried probiotics, but I am willing. I think the green version looks best to me too!

  10. Renata says

    I’ve only tried pill probiotics – never have tried a liquid version before and one that’s juice flavored. The green drink would be my choice for all the healthy greens inside!

  11. Renata says

    Tweeted your giveaway link too

  12. Laura S says

    Hey Amanda,
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I have never tried GoodBelly or probiotics but of course have heard a lot about them. I don’t particularly like mango or watermelon so I would be most interested in the Tropical Green.

    Hope Dylan survived the heat!!!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks so much for the well wishes! Dylan did awesome! He kept about a 10 min/mile pace the entire time, which is great considering the heat and the fact that it was his first marathon. Very inspiring!

  13. Jessie says

    I have had the mango good belly drink before and loved it. I am curious to try the tropical green flavor, too. I also brew my own kombucha and enjoy that as well! I just can’t figure out what to do with the extra scobys we’ve grown!

    1. Amanda says

      I read that you can make a “scoby hotel” (according to kombuchakamp.com) for the extras: http://www.kombuchakamp.com/2010/08/scoby-hotel-video-quick-tip.html

      But who really needs more than a few at a time? You could always try to pawn them off on friends! haha

  14. Ray says

    I have never tried a probiotic drink before and would love to taste the Tropical Green!

  15. Ray says

    Tweeted – thanks for the giveaway!

  16. I’ve been using probiotic pills for about a month now. My stomach does seem a little calmer, but I want something that will help with bloating. I get crazy bloated pretty frequently, and haven’t been able to figure out why. The blueberry acai looks awesome!

    1. Amanda says

      Have you tried an elimination diet? It could be an allergy to something like soy, gluten, etc.

      1. I think a lot of it’s a gluten sensitivity. I cut back on that , and that’s helped. I hardly eat dairy, and don’t eat very much soy. Honestly, I probably should just go to a nutritionist and figure it out, because I don’t think I’m reacting to the normal problem foods. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  17. Georgina says

    Have never tried a probiotic supplement other than eating yogurt. Would like the Tropical Green flavor to get more greens in my diet.

  18. Georgina says

    Tweeted your link too – thanks so much!

  19. Meg says

    I am always so uneasy about those challenges, but that juice looks awesome!

  20. Emily says

    I’ve tried the Cranberry Watermelon flavor. It’s delicious! I would love to try the others!

  21. Ariel says

    Oooh, yum! I’ve experimented with yogurt (been making my own soy yogurt – on the liquidy side, but really easy!) and kombucha, and using yogurt to ferment grains (especially oatmeal) before cooking to help with digestion. I’d love to try to Mango flavor, mm!

  22. Ooo! I once tried GoodBelly long ago! It was a one-serving packet of the powdered version, the Mango flavor. It was so good!

  23. Sara P. says

    I have never tried GoodBelly. I think the Tropical Green sounds yummy. Would love to give it a shot!

  24. Erica says

    I drink it almost every day. In smoothies or by itself. Delicious.

  25. Debbie says

    I would love to try the coconut goodbelly prodcuts but I’ve not found any in our local supermarkets.

    Right now I’m on day 3 of hte 12 day challenge and I have more enegry. Thanks goodbelly!

    1. Amanda says

      That’s awesome that you have more energy!

  26. Bob says

    Isn’t anyone concerned that GoodBelly is mostly just sugar water? The third ingredient is “evaporated cane juice” aka sugar! For the price to get only 25-30% juice is a ripoff.

    1. Amanda says

      That’s definitely a valid point. I happen to like the drink, but I also have a giant sweet tooth. 🙂 For me, it seemed to work well in moderation, but there are certainly products available that don’t have cane juice. Either way, your comment is a great reminder that we should be paying attention to ingredients.

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