Chocolate Malted Shake, iHerb Shopping Spree & Madre Labs Review

The wonderful folks at iHerb have, once again, offered a $50 shopping spree to one lucky DDD winner! (iHerb is an online shop for all of your supplement and health-food needs. They carry an extensive array of products that you can order for delivery to your home).  Read all the details about the giveaway at the bottom of this post (look down. . . .look waaaaay down), but first I want to share my review of the latest products they sent to me: nutritional powders from Madre Labs.

As soon as I read the ingredients list on the Midori Greens jar from Madre Labs, I was in love.  I mean, which holistic nutritionist doesn’t want to read the words, “freeze dried marine phytoplankton”?  (Okay, we holistic nutritionists are weird that way).  But I’ve been taking spirulina (another type of green algae) with my flax and/or chia daily for almost a decade (what the HH calls “Green Slime,” though Chaser loves the stuff) and was more than ready for a little change of pace.  And the Midori Greens offered some truly heavy-duty antioxidant superfoods.

Ingredients include organic Japanese matcha green tea (and you know how much I love my matcha tea–as I mentioned here); wildcrafted wasabi; organic ashitaba (Angelica Keiskei Koidzme), which is also known as the “king of vegetables” and “longevity herb”; organic field-grown whole grass blend (with wheatgrass, barleygrass and alfalfa); herb & vegetable leaf blend (Nettles, Parsley, Kale & Spinach);  aqua-marine blend (Chlorella & Freeze Dried Marine Phytoplankton); and beet juice powder.  These are all amazing ingredients with fierce antioxidant properties.  Antioxidants are known to help keep your cells in optimum condition, to keep your immune function strong and to counteract health-depleting free radicals.

In fact, all of Madre Labs products are made with the highest quality whole ingredients, and it’s clear that these guys have done their homework.  Their “superfood and nutraceutical” line includes “nutrigenomics”–that is, “the study of how the foods we consume affect our genes and how individual genetic differences can affect the way we respond to nutrients. . . in the foods we eat.”  In other words, they believe in using “food as medicine”–exactly the way holistic nutritionists (such as yours truly) do.

The other powder I tried, Acai Heart, contains more familiar ingredients that are all superstars when it comes to supporting heart health: acai berries, pomegranate, freeze-dried beet juice, and a resveratrol blend (the antioxidant found in red wine–though of course there’s no alcohol in this powder!). Mixed with some frozen strawberries, almond milk, chia seeds and stevia, it made a refreshing afternoon imbibement:

Ah, but back to the greens powder!  I must admit to you all that I wasn’t exactly enamored of the taste when I tried to drink it on its own (or mixed with simple juice or almond milk). I know that other reviewers have found the taste “neutral,” but something about my tastebuds could really sense the earthy, slightly bitter wheatgrass undertones (I actually really enjoy freshly squeezed wheatgrass juice, but the freezedried flavor doesn’t agree with me).  What to do?  My desire to benefit from the amazing nutritional qualities of the powder overruled my initial gustatory reluctance.  I decided that I had to find a way to create a smoothie that I loved using the Midori Greens.

And guess what?  I SUCCEEDED!  This combination of the powder, raw cacao powder, avocado and mesquite is a perfect cloak for the greens.  All you’ll taste is a slightly chocolate, slightly malted, sweet and appealing drink.

And your cells, no doubt, will thank you.


The lovely folks at iHerb are offering a $50 shopping spree PLUS a jar of either Midori Greens OR Acai Heart to one lucky DDD reader!

The contest is open worldwide, as long as iHerb ships to your country–whoo hoo! (You can check the iHerb website to see if they ship to your home country).  International readers, please note: if there are any extra customs fees or duties on your prize, you will be responsible for paying them. I have received several packages from iHerb sent via air mail  over the past 2 years (I’m in Canada) and have  never been charged extra fees or duties).

Here’s how to enter:

First entry:

To be eligible to enter the giveaway, you’ll need to register at iHerb.  It’s free and there’s no obligation to buy anything.  Just go here and sign up.  Then come back here and leave a comment telling me that you did so.

Second and subsequent entries:

For extra entries, you can do any or all of the following:

  • Browse through the Madre Labs page on iHerb, then come back here and tell me which product you think has the weirdest-sounding ingredient (I thought “freeze dried marine phytoplankton” was pretty good) [UPDATE: I’ve been going through the comments so far and am loving the ingredients you’ve all found–giggling like crazy over here!];
  • Browse through the rest of the iHerb site, then come back here and tell me what you’d buy with your $50 shopping spree if you win;
  • Follow me on twitter, then come back and leave a comment telling me you did so (I will receive an email notice that you signed up); or tweet about this giveaway on twitter (use @rickiheller so I’ll see it);
  • “Like” the DDD page on Facebook, then come back here and leave a comment telling me you did so;
  • “Like” the iHerb page on Facebook, then come back here and leave a comment telling me you did so;
  • Follow iHerb on twitter, then come back here and leave a comment telling me you did so;
  • Subscribe to Diet, Dessert and Dogs via RSS feed or email (email option is just below the “Choose Your Reader” box), then come back and tell me that you did so.

The contest will remain open until midnight my time on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011, after which I’ll randomly choose a winner and announce it on the blog.  Please note: it’s up to you to check whether or not you won, then contact me if you did. I”m sorry, but I will not be emailing the winner.  If the winner doesn’t claim her/his prize within a week, I’ll choose someone else.

Good luck, everyone! 

[And don’t forget–there are two giveaways of my newest ebook, Good Morning! Breakfasts without Gluten, Sugar, Eggs or Dairy, going on right now:  Alta from Tasty Eats at Home is giving away a copy (open until May 14th); and Heidi from Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom, gives you three chances to win (until May 5th)!  May as well enter over there, too, right? ;)]

I’m submitting this recipe to Brittany’s Seasonal Sundays event. Check out all the real food dishes in the linkys (or submit your own!).

Last Year at this Time: Classic Vegan Quiche

Two Years Ago: Vegetarian Veggie Burgers that Are Made From Vegetables

Three Years Ago: Baking Like Blanche DuBois

[Disclaimer: this post may contain affiliate links. If you buy using these links, at no cost to you, I will earn a small commission from the sale.]



  1. I signed up at iHerb

  2. lauren ikon says

    I liked iHerb on facebook!

  3. lauren ikon says

    I liked you on facebook, too! Which is cool because I already really like you 😛

  4. lauren ikon says

    girl, i got you on twitter, too. ;] (hallelujahvegan)

  5. lauren ikon says

    that Mushrex Plus stuff has Himematsutake in it, which is apparently the “common name” for Agaricus blazei. that blows my mind.

  6. I would buy some vanilla, stevia, and some GF flours to do more experimenting with. I’m learning a little at a time.

  7. I already followed DDD on FB.

  8. lauren ikon says

    if i were to win, i think i’d spend the $50 on a big container of some real good whole meal powder, like vega or that raw stuff. i can’t afford that stuff but my life is busy enough these days to where it’d be really useful.

    or, i could just start stocking up on useful herbals/teas/etc to get my medicinal shelf started.

  9. I registered at iHerb. Thanks for offering this, Ricki!

  10. It would take me forever to narrow it down, but I would definitely get some beeswax beads to make homemade herbal salves, and probably liquid vanilla stevia and other items I normally don’t treat myself to!

  11. …and Organic Lentinula edodes would be my pick for Madre ingredients.

  12. i’m following you on twitter! tweet tweet!

  13. signed up on iherb! woohoo!

  14. i like you on facebook (and in general, from what i can tell).

  15. Turkey Tail (Coriolus versicolor) is the strangest thing I saw in the a Madre product. I’m assuming it is a type of mushroom, because it was in the mushroom complex called, MushRex (which is pretty funny sounding, as well).

  16. Well, if I had $50 to spend on iHerb, I have to say, I’m probably most intrigued by the Midori Greens powder. However, I noticed they also have pages and pages of meal replacement options, and I might browse through those in a little more detail.

  17. Kristina says

    I’ve been signed up at iherb for a while now. I love buying from them!

  18. Kristina says

    Their Eureka! Berries product has Seabuckthorn Juice (Hippophae rhamnoides) Powder..I had never even heard of it.

  19. Kristina says

    I’d buy some stevia powder, calcium/magnesium tablets and nutritional yeast. 🙂

  20. I’d buy gf flour, essential oils, baby natural/organic skin care, homeopathic remedies for allergies, Amino acids, enzymes and so much more. I’ve already made purchases through iherb and I just discovered DDD tonight so I “like” on FB!!!

  21. I registered (finally) with iHerb.

  22. I already subscribe via RSS.

  23. I’d buy stevia, because I am SO close to running out and that is going to be a very sad day.

  24. The CafeCeps? It has # MicroFungi™ – Certified Organic Full-Spectrum Micronized Cordyceps & Reishi

    I’m a biologist and I am not even sure I know what that all means.

  25. Thanks for the review, Ricki- I’ve often wondered how palatable those greens powders are! Love the sound of this shake, since I just adore malt.

    And I am registered on iHerb… 😉

  26. Just Audrey says

    I signed up.

  27. Just Audrey says

    I follow iHerb on Twitter.

  28. I’m already signed up with iHerb.

  29. thank you for holding this amazing giveaway! I am all signed up with Iherb!

  30. i’m also subscribed via rss feed 🙂

  31. the oddest ingredient i’ve seen so far is Turkey Tail?? I’m hoping it’s not really the tail of a turkey! the ingredient is in the madre labs mushrex plus mushroom complex

  32. I already like DDD on Facebook :o)

  33. I already “like” iHerb on Facebook.

  34. I follow you on Twitter. I’m bookmarking this so I can remember to send out a tweet for you tomorrow.

  35. I follow iHerb on Twitter.

  36. There are SO many things I would buy. iHerb has added so many new things I can’t keep up.
    I would get some Mrs. Meyer’s laundry detergent, bulk herbs (like dandelion and bilberry), cashews and a couple different GF-flours.

  37. I’m registered and I would love some teff flour, stevia, and so much more…

  38. I’m registered at iHerb.

  39. I’ve already “like” iHerb on Facebook.

  40. I’d try Madre Labs Eureka! Berries and Midori Greens.

  41. I “like” DDD on Facebook. 🙂

  42. I’m signed up with iherb.

  43. Oops cancel that, I’m in the UK so am not eligible to enter the contest 🙁

  44. Living in a rural area leaves me with no choice but to shop online. Now, I have a trusted source thanks to your suggestion! Can’t wait to place my first order. Oh happy day!

  45. so unlike my dad’s favourite malted chocolate milk – am amazed at how regularly you have spirulina – it is something I feel maybe I should drink but really only have in a favourite bottled juice called green power

  46. I registered at iherb!!

  47. I’m already signed up at

  48. I am following iherb on twitter!

  49. I am also following you on twitter. I was already signed up!

  50. Um… “micronized mushroom heteropolysaccharide complex” Okay then. That sounds yummy. Or not.

  51. I’ve been dying to try mesquite powder and lucuma powder, but haven’t bought any yet ’cause they’re expensive. But, if it’s a shopping spree, well I’m all about the fun stuff!

  52. I follow you on twitter.

  53. I like you on FB.

  54. I subscribe via RSS.

  55. Hi, I’ve been registered at iHerb!

  56. I think the weirdest ingredient is Chokeberry Juice in the Immune Punch! That sounds dangerous.

  57. If I had 50 bucks to spend at iHerb I would buy every kind of flour I’ve always wanted to try.

  58. I quite like the sounds of “MushRex™ (a blend of six certified organic, traditionally-used mushroom species, plus Camu Camu berry extract)”

  59. On I would buy the Garden of Life Raw Protein powder, I’ve been dying to try it!

  60. I am already subscribed to iHerb (thanks to your last giveaway!)

  61. I already subscribe to DDD through RSS

  62. I already am a fan of DDD on facebook 🙂

  63. CocoCeps sounds pretty funny to me on the Madres page. 😉

  64. I actually on’t know much about mesquite (which is in your recipe) so I would probably pick up some of that on iHerb…. and some maca powder and maybe some goji berries.. or maybe lucuma or acai powder. 🙂

  65. I’m signed up on i-Herb

  66. I follow you on FB

  67. Um,agaricus and turkey tail? I guess the mushrooms need company in the MushRex Plus. Weird.

  68. I’d probably spend a gift certificate on maca and mesquite.

  69. Ebee333 says

    I am signed up at iHerb. Great site!

  70. I signed up at iherb

  71. Thanks for a fantastic giveaway – I’m registered with iherb.

  72. I follow DDD on facebook.

  73. Dried Yeast Fermentate Complex in the Immune Punch….what is THAT?

  74. Micronized Reishi sounds pretty odd – and given that it is fungi, I guess makes it non-ACD!

  75. I would buy probiotics and chlorella powder !

  76. I’m following you on twitter

  77. There are lots of “exotic” ingredients that I’ve long wanted to try, but on my limited grad student budget haven’t had the chance. I would like to try mesquite, acai, cacao nibs, some type of protein powder (maybe hemp), and some kind of green powder (maybe Midori green). Thanks again for a great giveaway!

  78. I liked you on facebook

  79. I liked iHerb on facebook

  80. I follow iherb on twitter

  81. I am already an iHerb customer and have signed up!

  82. I follow iHerb on twitter. @butterjessfly

  83. I follow you on twitter. @butterjessfly

  84. I could find lots to buy on iHerb! I’d like some granola, coconut butter, and protein powder!

  85. I signed up!

  86. Weird ingredient? Seabuckthorn?! Haha, I’ve never heard of that. I had to look it up and it doesn’t look too weird I guess. Just sounds hilarious 🙂

  87. I’d probably buy some chia seeds and nutritional yeast. And then maybe just some small things to try 🙂

  88. I’m so excited that it’s open for people all over the world 😀

    I signed up on iherb

  89. Weird ingredients… Organic Inonotus obliquus, it sounds like a spell from Harry Potter!

  90. For $50 I would buy: (oh girl, so many things to choose from)
    – Now Foods, Nutritional Yeast Flakes, 10 oz (284 g) ($8,28)
    – Arrowhead Mills, Whole Grain, Organic Brown Rice Flour, 32 oz (2 lb) 907 g ($4,07)
    – Arrowhead Mills, Whole Grain, Organic Buckwheat Flour, 32 oz (2 lb) 907 g ($4,84)
    – Arrowhead Mills, Whole Grain Organic Spelt Flour, 32 oz (2 lb) 907 g ($5,03)
    – Drogheria & Alimentari, Cinnamon Mill, 0.81 oz (23 g) ($2,95)
    – Barbara’s Bakery, Puffins Cereal, Cinnamon, 10 oz (283 g) ($3,99)
    – Arrowhead Mills, Whole Grain, Organic Puffed Kamut Cereal, 6 oz (170 g) ($1,64)
    – Barbara’s Bakery, Shredded Oats Cereal, Original, 14 oz (397 g) ($3,99)
    – Cascadian Farm, Organic Kids, Cinnamon Crunch, 10.3 oz (292 g) ($4,63)
    – Nutiva, Organic Chia Seed, 14 oz (400 g) ($8)
    – Eden Foods, Organic Pumpkin Seeds Dry Roasted, 4 oz (113 g) ($2,79)
    I can go on if you want to!

  91. I’m following you on twitter. I thought I was already, but apparently I’m not.

  92. Liked your page on facebook!

  93. Liked the iherb-page on facebook!

  94. Also following Iherb on twitter

  95. Aaaand also following through RSS (already have DDD on my bloglovin’ but anyways :))

  96. Kelly Michelle says

    I’m registered on iherb already 🙂

  97. Kelly Michelle says

    I would buy some unsweetened life’s basic vanilla plant protein powder. I love the stuff and I’m almost out!

  98. Kelly Michelle says

    I “liked” iherb.

  99. Kelly Michelle says

    I “liked” you.

  100. Kelly Michelle says

    I subscribe to you in my Google Reader.

  101. Kelly Michelle says

    Turkey Tail!? I hope that’s not really what it is….

  102. already signed up at iHerb 🙂

  103. already follow you on twitter! @tri2cook

  104. i would buy coconut flour (since i still haven’t tried it!!), mesquite powder, raw cacao powder… and maybe some lucuma and maca powders

  105. Brilliant combination Ricki! I hear you on that. I like greens, but have noticed that I am someone who really, really tastes bitter. Some people can glaze over the bitter taste of greens in things like this, but it is too sharp and contrasting for me.

  106. Wow, good looking “malt”, and a great giveaway RIcki!

    I am already registered at iHerb, hooray!

  107. I follow iHerb on Twitter

  108. I follow YOU on Twitter – as you know 🙂

  109. I “like” your blog on Facebook (and in real life) 🙂

  110. I “like” iherb on Facebook

  111. umm, i’d like some seabuckthorn juice powder please. lol 🙂

  112. With my $50 gift certificate, I’d buy a bunch of the supplements I need to keep me healthy and happy: CoQ10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, digestive enzymes, Vitamin D, the list goes on. I may also order some products for my skin, such as sesame oil or rose hip seed oil. I love iHerb!

  113. Januska says

    I’ve registered at iHerb 🙂

  114. And finally, I totally subscribe to your feed! xo

  115. and… i’m not on facebook, but i do subscribe to DDD in google reader 🙂

  116. Karoline Krystall says

    1 I’ve already registered on iHerb

  117. Karoline Krystall says

    I would buy Udo’s Choice 3-6-9 oil blend, Garden of Life extra virgin coconut oil, Badger certified organic lip balm aaaand shelled hempseeds from Nutiva! Yay!

  118. Karoline Krystall says

    Also, I already follow iHerb on Twitter. That’s it.

  119. I’m already registered on iHerb

  120. I am already subscribed to you on Google Reader!

  121. I would like to try Madre Labs’ Immune Punch

  122. If I won the giveaway, I’d stock up on some chia seeds and cacao powder.

  123. I’d love the chance to win, thank you Ricki and iherb!

  124. Cafeceps? So that’s a coffee and mushroom blend? Strange…but I’m sure very healthy!

  125. Really tough decisions. I know I definitely want coconut flour and coconut extract though, I could spend hours browsing the products..

  126. Already liked you on fbook.

  127. Already subscribed to you with google reader.

  128. I’m subscribed to you with google reader.

  129. I’ve registered with iherb

  130. I liked iherb on fbook.

  131. I am already a registered iherb customer.

  132. I have subscribed to DDD via email.

  133. I’m subscribed…and on FB, twitter, etc. Can’t get enough of you and the girls!

  134. I registered 🙂

  135. Many weird ingredients…I’ll choose the ”Organic Micronized Cordyceps sinensis (Cordyceps Hybrid Strain)”, lol

  136. I’d get the some of the Lean Dessert Protein powders (french cinnamon roll, chocolate coconut, caramel latte, mochaccino, cookie n cream…all sound good!)

  137. I registered!

  138. I subscribe!

  139. Like them on FB!

  140. I like you on FB

  141. I would use this to buy some sort of green superfood to mix into my smoothies. I’ve read about several different kinds but have been too afraid to try them because of the cost…would love to win this!

  142. While not exactly a “weird” ingredient, eating algae is still hard for me to wrap my head around! haha =)

  143. victoria says

    am new and excited about DDD! already am an iHerb customer, love their food section too, fast and cheap! followed you and iHerb on twitter and liked iHerb on facebook, thanks!

  144. I registered!

  145. I think the ResveraPhenol in the Acai Heart is a fairly odd sounding ingredient.

  146. I follow you in my Google Reader!

  147. If I won the $50, I would try the Midori Greens as well as throwing in some good old CoQ10 which I can always use more of.

  148. I’m already signed up with iHerb. I’ve been wanting to try Maca powder for while, so I’d probable give in and buy some.

  149. I follow you on Google Reader

  150. christine says

    I have liked the iherb page in facebook.

    Have really addicted to iherb recently after the first order with them, fast and reliable shipping, products offer are wide and with reasonable price!

    I wanna use the $50 shopping spree to buy the organic skin products, Dessert Essence and Avalon Organics, which I have looking around in my country for so far. Iherb offer best price around, even after included shipping fee, it’s still cheaper than buy in local.

    Dessert Essence is definitely the brand I wanna try out after read so many positive comments online. Hope I can get the $50 shopping spree so I can enjoy organic skincare!

  151. I’m already signed up @ iherb (great site) and I liked them on facebook! I would most definitely get maca powder, hemp seeds, vitamins, and try the Midori Greens!

  152. Karoline Krystall says

    Funniest sounding ingredient: Micronized mushroom heteropolysaccharide complex. Phew. Really long name.


  154. I’ve already signed up with iherb

  155. I’m already a fan of you on FB and follow you constantly 🙂

  156. I’ve already subscribed to DDD’s RSS

  157. I am registered on iherb

  158. I subscribe to iHerb.

  159. My favorite weird-sounding ingredient is dried aronia powder. It’s in Madre Labs’ Eureka! Berries powder.

  160. Lauuren says

    Love iherb! Already signed up!

  161. I registered on iherb. 🙂

  162. If I won the $50 giveaway, I would likely spend it all on dark chocolate, but hopefully I could resist and buy some acai juice too!

  163. I created an iHerb account 🙂

    kate1485 at

  164. I’m following you on Twitter (@NTFancy)

    kate1485 at

  165. I’m a fan of your page on Facebook (Kate Ryan)

    kate1485 at

  166. I’m a fan of iHerb on Facebook (Kate Ryan)

    kate1485 at

  167. I’m following iHerb on Twitter (@NTFancy)

    kate1485 at

  168. I’m registered on iHerb 🙂

  169. I would definitely buy NuNaturals liquid stevia if I won the gift certificate – I’ve been wanting to try it for ages but haven’t been able to justify the price at WF.

  170. already signed up a iherb

  171. this ingredient sounds really weird:
    Zanthin Natural Astaxanthin (CO2 extract of Haematococcus pluvialis algae)

  172. I like you on FB

  173. I like iherb on FB

  174. you’re in my google reader

  175. I follow iherb on twitter @cherrycobbler

  176. follow you and tweeted @cherrycobbler

  177. I’m registered on iherb already

  178. I’d get the Midori greens for sure! I’m always looking for more ways to add greens to my diet.

  179. Tweeted @the_vegster

  180. I like iherb on facebook

  181. following iherb on twitter @the_vegster

  182. I subscribed to iherb! Can’t wait to get some NuNaturals stevia ~ the stuff I bought at our co-op tastes like aspartame :/

  183. already registered at iherb!

  184. A shopping spree?? I love those! I’m already registered over at iHerb. =)

  185. I know for sure I’d want to try some mesquite powder, chia seeds, farro and some stevia extract. Among other things that I’m sure I haven’t even discovered yet!

  186. I’m already a customer with iHerb and have them on FB, I’ve added DDD to my google home page and I’ve friended you on FB… I don’t do twitter though! I have sooo much going on I can’t keep up with it all 🙁 But I think that the ingrediant that caught my attention was “contains NO No-No’s” Haha, the more No’s the better! Especially when it comes to baby products (Mild Nature for baby lotion). I would go crazy at iHerbs with a $50.00 spree. First thing I’d do is buy me som coconut oil – it seems like one of those products that you can do virtually anything with and I mean anything LOL!!! And I’ve never used it. iHerbs has sooo many great products – it will be hard to choose, but I think I can do it 🙂

  187. Laura A says

    I registered on iHerb and would be liquid stevia, hemp seeds, green powder and cocoa powder, to start…

  188. Registered myself with iHerb! I’d definitely be getting myself some of the different flavours of stevia from Stevita & NuNaturals. It’s really hard to find stevia in the part of Sweden I’m in, & haven’t found anything like the different flavoured varieties that are available. Oh my, to be able to play with some flavours!


  1. […] Looking for a way to sneak in your greens in a delicious smoothie? Well, here’s a recipe from Ricki, blogger of Diet, Desserts and Dogs that accomplishes that task through the use of a raw chocolate powder, mesquite powder and the Madre Labs Midori Greens. To check out Ricki’s original recipe post, click here. […]

  2. […] Looking for a way to sneak in your greens in a delicious smoothie? Well, here’s a recipe from Ricki, blogger of Diet, Desserts and Dogs that accomplishes that task through the use of a raw chocolate powder, mesquite powder and the Madre Labs Midori Greens. To check out Ricki’s original recipe post, click here. […]

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