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We now know that good nutrition is the cornerstone of a healthy body. But just to be clear from the start, the best way to add health benefits to your diet is with things that you chew.
Still, when it comes to improving your diet, there is no reason to stop here. So-called “superfood powders” are essentially plant-based powders made by grinding whole leaves, fruits, or seeds that have been identified for their high concentration of nutrients and antioxidants that can support health.
Although it seems like a new trend to add matcha and turmeric to a wellness routine (take a look at your Insta feed), these plants have been used by different cultures for generations because of their proven medicinal properties.
Since it’s so easy to add powders to anything from soups to smoothies, consider them a convenient way to improve the nutrition of items you are already eating. Start with these recipes that prove how delicious it can be to catch some powder.
Nutritional Boost: This sweet and sour blueberry fruit comes from the Amazon rainforest and has antioxidant levels that may help fight cancer and boost the immune system.
Eat more: stir in yogurt, add to jams and jellies, or use in chocolate desserts like puddings.
Nutritional boost: The abundance of naturally occurring nitrates in the rinsed powder can help prevent blood pressure readings from boiling over.
Eat more: add to smoothies, dips, yogurt, salad dressings, soups, and baked goods like brownies.
Nutritional Boost: Not only is the dark pleasure a source of fiber (surprise!), It also offers high levels of flavanol antioxidants that appear to improve vascular function for better heart function.
Eat more: Aside from desserts and smoothies, a tablespoon or two can add flavor to a pot of chili or a spice mix for chicken, pork, or steak.
Nutritional Boost: This wrinkle-inducing Amazon fruit is one of nature’s greatest sources of vitamin C, a nutrient that has been linked to lower risk of stroke.
Eat More: It can add a tangy, citrus flavor to popsicles, smoothies, yogurt, and even salad dressings.
Nutritional Boost: Flax’s superficial nutritional resume is high in omega-3 fat, soluble fiber, and phytochemical lignans, all of which help improve cholesterol levels and fight inflammation to improve heart health.
Eat more: stir in oatmeal, add to homemade energy bars and balls, sprinkle on roasted vegetables or use instead of breadcrumbs in recipes such as meatloaf.
Nutritional boost: Hemp powder is made by finely grinding nutrient-rich hemp seeds and provides high quality vegetable proteins, fiber and essential omega fatty acids.
Eat more: stir into a saucepan of simmering oatmeal, flash into smoothies, and use muffin and pancake recipes instead of some of the flour.
Nutritional Boost: This charged tea powder is made by grinding Japanese green tea leaves and can contain significantly more antioxidant firepower than regular tea. And its stress relieving amino acid L-theanine can help keep your life focused and calm.
Eat more: use not only brewed tea and lattes, but also recipes for cookies, ice cream, energy balls, smoothies and pancakes.
Nutritional boost: The leaves of the moringa tree, native to northern India, are a source of immune-friendly phytochemicals as well as a number of essential nutrients, including iron, calcium, potassium and vitamin A.
Eat more: Mix in pureed soups, smoothies and dips and whisk in salad dressings.
Nutritional boost: Bioactive compounds such as polysaccharides in functional mushrooms like cordyceps, lion’s mane, reishi, and chaga can improve brain function and reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.
Eat more: dissolve a teaspoon of hot water for an umami tea, mix it in dips, stir it in soups and sprinkle it over pasta dishes. Mix something in coffee too to liven up your morning java.
Nutritional Boost: Curcumin, the compound that gives turmeric its golden hue, seems to have a serious anti-inflammatory blow for better health.
Eat more: Use to calm golden milk, add to sauces for meat such as salmon, beat in a saucepan with simmering grains such as quinoa or rice and add to scrambled eggs.
Best of the Best
There are a few things to keep in mind when buying superfood powders:
- Since you are essentially buying a very concentrated source of food and in return all of the chemicals used to grow the product, you should look for organic sources whenever possible.
- We recommend doing some research to identify brands that are both socially and environmentally responsible sourcing.
- To maintain nutrition, choose powders made using freeze-dried or low-temperature dehydration methods.
- Avoid products with fillers, artificial flavors or colors, or added sweeteners.
- For the freshest finds, powders should be packaged in translucent bags and containers.