Why I’ve taken Balance of Nature’s fruit and vegetable whole food supplements and fiber for over 20 years.
There are a lot of fruit and veggie supplements hitting the market these days but there is one I’ve taken for over 20 years: Balance of Nature. While this post isn’t sponsored, it’s a brand I wholeheartedly believe in and trust. I RARELY recommend supplements (or share what I take, for that matter) since everyone’s needs are so different. But, these are ones I feel are a great fit for nearly everyone.
My entire family takes them, including my parents, a brother with Crohn’s Disease, another brother with Type 1 Diabetes and Addison’s Disease, and another with Lupus. (Yes, my family won the genetic lottery.) Remember to always check with your doctor before adding a supplement to your routine, but the nice thing about these is that they’re simply whole foods — just fruit and veggies!
Since I love the brand so much, I reached out to them to see if they could offer a promo code for you guys. They said yes and offered a very generous discount – 35% off! Use this link to order with the code TERI for 35% off your order. Read on for product details and my full review!
They have two: the Fruit & Veggie Supplements and the Fiber & Spice.
The Fruit and Veggies are simple that — 100% produce! Balance of Nature Fruit and Veggies contain only flash dried fruits and vegetables, cold vacuumed so all of the water is removed but all the nutrients are kept. The little green and red pill capsules are simply filled with powder made from vine-ripened fruits and vegetables. Those fruits and veggies are always tested to ensure they’re pure with NO pesticides. And there are never additional additives or fillers. Ever.
I wouldn’t recommend you take them in place of eating whole fruits and veggies since you need the fiber and bulk that comes from those. But, it’s like a nice dietary “insurance policy” to help increase the nutrients in your diet.
Could I eat that variety of fruits and veggies every day or even every week? I guess, maybe, in theory, I could. But that ain’t happening, in reality. So the variety of nutrients is a great addition to my daily, healthy diet!
How many capsules do you take? And how do you take them?
The recommendation is to take 3 capsules of each daily. But when I’m sick, I’ll typically double the dose of each. A bottle contains 90 capsules, a 30 day supply.
To take them, you have a few options:
Take them like a vitamin with water. This is what I do most days! I tend to take the green ones in the morning with breakfast and the pink ones in the afternoon.
Open the capsule and sprinkle the contents on a salad, in a smoothie, etc. (Note that the green ones do have a strong favor so tread cautiously with sprinkling on things!)
Chew the fruit ones! Sounds weird, but I actually really like it. It’s kind of like fruit leather.
Open the green ones and mix the powder with hot water for a healing tea. I LOVE doing this when I have a cold (which thankfully doesn’t happen often!). The cayenne adds a bit of a kick that helps my sinuses!
What’s in the Balance of Nature Fiber and Spice supplement?
It’s a psyllium supplement. And uh, let’s just say this really helped move things along during pregnancy! There’s a reason it was a pregnancy must-have for me. Psyllium is a type of fiber that helps regulate your bowels. Similar to other types of soluble fiber, psyllium moves through the small intestine without being completely broken down or absorbed. Instead, it absorbs water and becomes a gel-like substance to help with constipation and diarrhea. (Metamucil, which you may be familiar with, contains psyllium. But it also contains other ingredients I prefer to avoid.)
In addition to helping with your bowels, psyllium husk also helps lower harmful LDL cholesterol as well as two other lipid markers for heart disease (source). Some studies show it may help with irritable bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome (source), but work with your doctor since everyone’s IBS and IBD is a bit different. I have IBS and it helps me, but I have found a routine that works best (i.e. 1 scoop every third day). Some people are able to take the recommended serving of two scoops daily.
Balance of Nature Fiber & Spice also contains spices to deliver potent phytonutrition. And, those help give it an apple cider like flavor!
Given the spiced cider flavor, it well to mix with juice or take on its own with water. Keep in mind that it absorbs water, so it forms a gel-like texture. If that weirds you out, mix it into a smoothie. I like to mix it with hot water and drink it quickly. My dad, on the other hand, likes to mix it with cold juice and let it sit for a few minutes before drinking. But, always make sure you take it with enough liquid so it works properly! I take it at night and my dad takes it in the morning. Try a few ways and see what you prefer.
Balance of Nature Pros & Cons
Wide variety of fruits and veggies in each serving
Easy to take in pill form vs. other powdered supplements which can be a pretty potent taste (I’ve tried others and gagged!)
Reputable and long-standing company. They’ve been around since 1997, long before it became trendy to drink your greens.
Subscription service available so you don’t forget to re-order. I love this service since mom brain is real. I have my probiotics and postnatal vitamins both set up to automatically send refills after 30 days as well.
You can only buy their products online. But let’s be honest, most of us avoid retail stores right now anyway!
Always check with your pediatrician if you have specific health concerns for your kiddos. But, in general, yes the fruit and veggie supplements are safe. I plan to give the fruit & veggie supplements to Thomas when he’s older. I’ll likely mix them into his meals. However, I’ll hold off on giving him Fiber and Spice. That’s best for adults as needed. Psyllium supplements should only be given to kids under a doctor’s supervision.
Do I recommend Balance of Nature? 100% yes. I LOVE the supplements and I trust the brand. Balance of Nature is a Utah-based company and I always like supporting businesses from my home state. Plus, I know the founder, Doug Howard, personally and I know the work he has put in for years to ensure a quality product. He put so much care and effort into sourcing the best ingredients.
Discount code for you
Get 35% off your order with this link and the promo code TERI. The best bang for your buck is to get the Whole Health System, which includes the Fruit and Veggie capsules AND the Fiber and Spice blend.