11 Superfood Powders – So Much Nourishment From One Little Scoop

By Jen Evansy / February 14, 2020

 Is your energy and vitality being drained from a poor diet? Here are some of the best nourishing superfood powders that will give you a nutritious and tasty boost!

energy giving superfood powders

Superfood powders are an easy way to enjoy nutrient-dense foods without worrying about cooking or best-before dates. Mix these powders into shakes, smoothies, and porridge or combine them into other recipes.

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Powdered nutrition is the newest trend and is worthy of all the praise it is garnering.

Food powders are easy to add to any meal and are very nutrition dense. Also, these powders are less processed compared to many pills and are very easy for the stomach to absorb.

You may have already tried some popular superfoods such as spirulina, ginger, or maca powder, but there are many others that you may not be aware of.

Best Superfood Powders To Boost Your Energy

Here is a list of top eleven superfoods that you can get in the form of a powder. 

1. Beetroot Powder

For a long-time, beetroot had something of a PR problem, associated with blandness and stodgy cheese-sandwiches.

How times have changed!

Beetroot, in particular beetroot powder, is now way up there with other superfood powders when it comes to boosting energy and athletic performance.

Beetroot is one of the best foods for better digestion and fitness performance. Beetroot powder helps you add all its goodness to your meals and shakes in a very simple way.  

Beetroot and its leaves are rich in Vitamin A, B6 and C, iron, magnesium, folate, iron, potassium, calcium, soluble fiber, and proteins. It is also loaded with a lot of antioxidants. 

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Beetroot Powder - Nature's Ultimate Pre-Workout

  • Loaded with nutrients and fiber (to help you feel fuller for longer), beetroot powder is virtually fat-free and low in calories.
  • Beetroot powder also contains magnesium, which can help with weight loss. Excellent for those trying to keep in shape and/or work out.
  • Beetroot powder is also a great source of potassium – a mineral that helps protect the muscles from excessive fatigue.
  • Rich in nitric oxide, beetroot powder can boost your cardiovascular system and blood supply efficiency, providing an energy boost for the gym or just the regular day! [1]

2. Turmeric Powder

Modern life can be relentless and even energy-sapping at times. Powdered turmeric, a popular yellow spice used in many Indian dishes for both its color and taste, is also great for your health and giving you extra get up and go!

Turmeric belongs to the ginger family and is found extensively in India and Southern Asia. Turmeric powder is made from the plant’s rhizome, which has brown skin and bright orange flesh. 

In addition to giving you an energy boost, turmeric is also well known for its therapeutic benefits, and it been used in many cultures for preventing and treating a wide variety of conditions.

Most of its energy-giving properties can be attributed to the compounds called curcuminoids. The most important of these is curcumin.

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Turmeric - Naturally Boost Serotonin And Dopamine In Your Brain

  • Turmeric contains curcumin, a naturally occurring chemical compound that has been shown to help stave off fatigue. [2]
  • For those who suffer from fatigue or weariness before going to the gym or to work out, taking powdered turmeric may help to raise energy levels.
  • Turmeric also helps the brain with focus and concentration, helping to lift that foggy, fatigued feeling.
  • Turmeric is also an excellent antioxidant.

3. Matcha Green Tea Powder

Green tea is generally well known in health and fitness circles – absolutely. And then there’s matcha green tea. Specially grown in the shade, with the stems and veins subsequently removed and then finely ground, matcha green tea offers up a veritable treasure chest of health benefits for you, including considerably improved energy levels.

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Drink A Cup of Matcha Tea Every Morning To Boost Focus And Energy

  • Matcha green tea powder contains L-Theanine, a set of amino acids that help to give your brain a boost, improving both clarity and focus so as to shake yourself out of lethargic lulls. [3]
  • Unlike regular caffeine, which typically provides for an energy spike of 30 minutes or so before subsiding, matcha green tea powder offers up three to six hours of enhanced energy! [4]
  • In doing so, matcha green tea powder helps to speed up the metabolism, which means an increased calory burn.

4. Raw Cocoa Powder

A near relative of good old chocolate, raw cocoa powder is increasingly being highlighted as an excellent superfood with a range of health benefits, primarily increased energy levels.

Coming with a natural enticing chocolate flavor, raw cocoa powder is loaded with a range of vitamins, minerals, nutrients, essential amino acids, antioxidants, and fiber.

It is no coincidence that more and more athletes and sports-stars are using cocoa powder to give them an extra edge. [5]

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Boost Your Energy Levels with Superfood Cacao

  • When raw cocoa powder is consumed, just like how we feel good when we eat chocolate, the body releases a rush of “feel good” endorphins.
  • Magnesium is found in cocoa powder in copious amounts (it’s actually the number one source of any food for magnesium). Magnesium helps the body maximize oxygen in the blood supply, allowing for better energy levels and physical performance.
  • The fiber in cocoa powder can help with weight loss. That’s because when we consume insoluble fiber, the body cannot fully digest, it helps us feel fuller for longer. And if we feel fuller for longer, we are less inclined to eat as much.
  • Cocoa powder has also been shown to improve the supply of the blood to the brain, which in turn also helps to boost focus and energy levels.

5. Spirulina Powder

Other than relaxing on a beach, you may not have thought of the ocean helping you improve your energy levels! Spirulina powder is a blue-green alga that is harvested from the sea and is one of the most nutrient-dense foodstuffs out there.

So good for you that even NASA have lined it up for future astronauts to use, spirulina powder is absolutely awesome for your energy levels. [6]

Some of the beneficial nutrients spirulina contains are B vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, chlorophyll, phycocyanobilin, and many other micro-nutrients and antioxidants.

In addition, spirulina is relatively high in protein – which means that depending on the formulation (check the label), there is a chance to re-discover your green spirulina powder jar as an exciting source of vegan protein.

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Spirulina - Combat Fatigue And Get Your Energy Back

  • Rich in iron, spirulina powder helps to boost the body’s cardiovascular system, the heart, lungs, and blood, allowing for better levels of physical exertion.
  • Spirulina powder has been linked to helping the body burn fat faster and to help keep muscle fatigue at bay for longer.[7]
  • Spirulina powder is rich in protein – ideal for those wishing to build muscle and mass.
  • And finally, spirulina powder adds a unique, pleasant taste when blended into smoothies – yum!

6. Ginger Powder

Ginger has been used for thousands of years for its awesome health and medicinal properties. Jam-packed with a range of minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants, ginger powder not only tastes great and adds to any kitchen, but it’s also a great way to beat off those daily slumps in your energy levels!

Ginger powder is derived from the dried ginger root. It is a versatile spice that is used for both culinary and therapeutic purposes. 

It is rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds such as beta-carotene, gingerol, and capsaicin. 

It has a much longer shelf life compared to raw ginger root. Adding it to your daily diet is not only good for increased energy but also for your overall well-being.

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Ginger Powder - Increase Your Energy Levels Without Caffeine

  • Ginger acts as a natural stimulant to the body – one of Mother Nature’s healthiest ways to help you get up and go!
  • Ginger powder can help with the regulation of blood glucose, allowing for more effective weight loss.
  • Ginger has been shown to help with the health of the lungs. And of course, better lungs mean a better oxygen supply in the blood, allowing for improved energy levels.
  • Ginger powder also contains two nifty sounding elements – gingerol and zingerone. Both of those have the effect of gently raising the body’s temperature, which improves blood flow and energy performance levels. [8]
  • Also, great for revealing symptoms of a common cold.

7. Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is what you likely think it is – a small powder pellet of plant pollen that has been harvested by bees. It is the male seed of the flowers and renders the characteristic yellow color to bees. This golden powder reaches the bee’s basket and turns into bee pollen. 

Bee pollen is believed to contain almost all the nutrients our body needs to function properly.

It comes with an impressive profile of minerals, nutrients, complete proteins, fatty acids, phenolic compounds, lipids, and antioxidants. (Vegans be mindful though – bee pollen is, of course, an animal by-product so you may wish to steer clear).

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Bee Pollen Improves Energy Metabolism And Muscle Endurance

  • Bee pollen has been identified as helping some athletes and bodybuilders improve their stamina and endurance, courtesy of its profile of B vitamins, protein, and carbohydrates. [9]
  • Bee pollen has also been shown to help quicker recovery times post-exercise.
  • No less than the British Sports Council have identified those athletes that use bee pollen as having made up to 50% gains in strength.
  • Also, it relieves stress, strengthens your immune system, and could even improve fertility.

8. Powdered Honey

As busy as a bee is a well-earned saying for our stripy, buzzing friends! Given how industrious and active they are, it shouldn’t then surprise you that powdered honey, a dehydrated form of regular honey and similar in look to corn flour, is another way to increase your energy and workout levels. This Honey powder has a much longer shelf life and is easier to use than regular liquid honey.

The honey powder also has antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains large amounts of Vitamin B and C. It is also rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, selenium, and phosphorus.

However, just like bee pollen, vegans will need to skip this particular powdered energy solution.

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Honey Powder - Natural Energy-Filled Sweetener

  • Since the honey powder is carbohydrate-rich due to its glucose and fructose content, it makes an excellent high-powered, natural energy snack.
  • It’s also excellent sweetener for baking, sprinkled on cereals, and in hot drinks – but honey has a lower glycemic index than sugar. So, for those looking to keep their weight down and in doing so, boosting their energy levels. As a result, honey powder is definitely worth looking at. [10]

9. Maca Powder

Also known as Peruvian Ginseng, maca powder comes from the maca root – a cruciferous vegetable found in central South America. You may not yet be familiar with the name, but it’s definitely worth getting to know, as many sportsmen and sportswomen are increasingly finding out.

Maca root is also a good source of fiber, and it is high in many essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, copper, and iron.

Maca powder can be taken in a number of ways, with one popular one being an addition to protein shakes and smoothies. 

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Maca Root Powder - Popular Supplement Among Bodybuilders And Athletes

  • Maca powder does not have caffeine or sugars that are used to stimulate energy levels. Maca then increases the body’s energy in a balanced way, courtesy of its extensive nutrient and mineral profile, without stressing out the adrenal glands (such as sugar and caffeine can do). 
  • Equally as useful for the needs of both men and women, maca powder helps the body achieve effective hormonal balance – which is key to increasing energy. [11]
  • Maca powder has also been identified as having the potential to increase muscle mass. 
  • Maca is shown to increases sex drive in both men and women.


10. Broccoli Powder

Broccoli, so long the fear of many a child’s dinner plates, just like beetroot powder, broccoli powder has now come a very long way. So far as to definitely earn the mantle of superfood.

Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable and contains high levels of healthy compounds (glucosinolates). These compounds are activated when you chop or chew broccoli and offer many benefits for your body.

In case you are not too fond of eating your greens, you can still enjoy all the benefits of broccoli by including it in your diet as a powder. Broccoli powder will provide you all the benefits but in a more concentrated form. 

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Broccoli Powder - Steady And Lasting Energy Throughout The Day

  • As a cruciferous vegetable, broccoli contains sulforaphane, which is great for heart health by helping to prevent arteries from hardening. That means less stress on your heart, which in turn means more energy and athletic endurance.
  • Sulforaphane has also been identified with protecting the respiratory system.
  • Stronger, healthier lungs and airways means less fatigue for longer.
  • Rich in the likes of potassium, magnesium, and vitamin K, broccoli powder helps to strengthen the body’s muscles and bones – a definite requirement for those looking to improve their fitness and overall endurance. [12]
  • Gives your daily intake of veggies in a few scoops.
  • It helps to reduce cholesterol levels.
  • Stimulates the body’s antioxidant system.
  • It helps to detox.
  • Promotes digestion.
  • Increases Vitamin D levels.
  • Protects against inflammation.
  • Promotes colon, prostate, and liver function.
  • Rich in beta-carotene, calcium and also folate.

11. Chlorella Powder

Chlorella is another (green) algae extracted from the seas and oceans. Rich in nutrients, antioxidants and detoxifying properties, chlorella is also of interest to those looking to lose weight, stay in shape, and keep their health in a good place.

Just some of the nutrients in chlorella include vitamin B12, iron, vitamin C, omega-3s, and plenty of other vitamins and minerals. In addition, like many other types of algae, chlorella contains up to 60% protein, which is also complete, meaning it has all nine essential amino acids!

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Chlorella Powder - Nutrient-Dense, Green Superfood, High In Vegan Protein

  • Chlorella has been shown to both reduce food cravings and regulate the body’s hormones – something required to help the metabolism stimulate weight loss. 
  • That same metabolic stimulation also allows for increased energy levels.
    Improved circulation, and therefore better physical performance, has also been attributed to powdered chlorella.
  • Many studies indicate that chlorella can help remove heavy metals and other toxins from the body. Specifically, it can bound to these harmful compounds, making it easier for the body to extract them.[13]
  • In many scientific investigations, chlorella has shown the ability to enhance the immune response in both animal and human subjects. However, the effects haven’t been consistent in all populations. It appears that immune-boosting properties of chlorella work best in people under 55, but not as much for older individuals. However, there are plenty of other benefits making chlorella powder useful for all adults!
  • Due to high antioxidant content, chlorella supplements may help lower “bad” cholesterol levels by preventing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, a powerful culprit in cardiovascular disease development.
  • In addition to normalizing cholesterol levels, antioxidants can help fight many other chronic conditions, as well as slow down gene aging.
  • And finally, great news for athletes: chlorella powder has been shown to boost aerobic endurance, specifically via improved ability to saturate lungs with oxygen! This could be a welcome effect of chlorella’s high branched-chain amino acid content.

Easy Ways To Add Superfoods To Your Diet

Using superfood powders in cooking

There are many ways you can incorporate Superfood Powders in your everyday diet.

One of the easiest ways to increase superfood powders’ consumption is by adding them to smoothies. This also helps alleviate the taste of certain powders (looking at you, ginger) whilst still reaping the benefits.

Avoid loading your smoothies with unhealthy ingredients such as canned fruit or sugary yogurt. Natural and fresh is the key!

Instead of mixing them with just water, another great option is adding superfood powders into juices. For instance, you may want to add some powder straight after juicing, so the flavors blend in together. Alternatively, you can use store-bought juice, so long as it’s 100% natural and doesn’t contain added sugars.

Adding Superfoods To Your Daily Recipes

If you’re into baking, you can also add these food powder into the dough for a sneaky boost of goodness!

It’s worth noting that these powders are simply a concentrated version of certain foods, and not a meal replacement.

Superfood powders can be so much more convenient to use than raw counterparts! 

They are a great palatable way to add your favorite foods in about any dish, from juices, smoothies, salads, soups, scrambled eggs to ice cream, and cake mix. One of my all-time favorites is turmeric latte. Yum.

There are many benefits to superfoods: they are packed with antioxidants and micro-nutrients to give you an extra boost of wellness. Whatever the season, adding these nutritious foods to your diet can make all the difference.

Slow Cooker Porridge Recipe With Added Superfood Powders

Here is a simple yet delicious and healthy example of how to add some of these nutritious food powders to your everyday diet.

So, here is how I make my morning porridge. However, you can modify the recipe for your own needs and liking.

Ingredients for superfood porridge

Ingredients: ( This is for one person )

  • 1/2 Cup of oats - that is about 7 tablespoons. (I like organic jumbo oats, but steel-cut oats and regular rolled oats are also great).
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk - this is about half a liter. (I use lactose-free milk as I am lactose intolerant).
  • 1 Banana.
  • 1/2 Cup of dried fruit (I use a mix of raisins, cranberries, and goji berries).
  • 1 Tablespoon of nuts and seeds (I use almond flakes, milled linseed/flax seeds, and chia seeds).
  • 1 Tablespoon of desiccated coconut.
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of ground cinnamon.
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of turmeric powder.
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of ginger.
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of chlorella.
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of spirulina.
Porridge ingredients in a ceramic slow cooker bowl

How To Prepare:

Smash the banana with a fork and mix the porridge oats with all the ingredients together in a small ceramic slow cooker bowl.

Oats and superfood powders mixed together in a bowl

Chlorella and spirulina powders give the porridge a distinct green color.

Cooking Time: I have found that the best cooking time is between 4-6 hours. Anything below 4, and it will turn out a bit raw/under-cooked. It is still edible but not that nice and anything over 6 hours, and it is likely to burn. So, what I do, I use a wall plug timer, and I set it for 5 hours and I will be greeted by a warm and nutritious bowl of oatmeal in the morning.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you set your slow cooker to LOW. I made a mistake once, and I set it to HIGH, and the bowl was so burnt by the morning that I had to throw the whole thing away without any hope of getting it clean. 

Also: I don't use any sweeteners in my porridge as the dried fruit makes it sweet enough for me. If you find that you might like it sweeter or you want to mask the turmeric and/or ginger powder a bit, then I suggest that you use honey or honey powder instead of sugar.

As I said, you can add or leave out some of the ingredients. You can mix and match different food powders, the possibilities are endless.

Once you have mastered this slow cooker porridge recipe, you don't really want to eat regular porridge ever again.

Create Your Own Superfood Capsules That You Can Take On The Go

If you can't be bothered to make porridge every day or you don't have a blender to make shakes or smoothies, then here is another easy and super convenient way of adding these nutritious dried foods to your diet.

You can make your own superfood capsules!

Capsules filled with turmeric powder

An easy and convenient way to get these amazing nutrients throughout the day.

Having your favorite herbs and powders in capsules is not only very convenient, but it also lets you control the quality and the freshness of the ingredients. It is much better than relying on what manufacturers are adding into the capsules.

Making your own capsules is also a lot cheaper than buying ready-made ones. 

I have put together an easy to follow, step by step guide on how you can use superfood powders to make your own capsules. It includes all the equipment you will need and also easy to follow video instructions.

To find out more go to this page: How To Make Your Own Capsules

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About the author

    Jen Evansy

    Nutritionists, researchers, and writers, interested in everything healthy-living related. Helping you identify the best diets, learn about food and nutrition, to help you live happier, longer and stronger.

  • Robert says:

    You learn something new every day. For example, I had never heard before of honey powder. I did purchase one packing for me to try, can’t wait. What’s next, powdered water? 🙂

  • Thanks, Jen, I love the suggestions, I started going to the gum now and I also want to get my diet under control, I didn’t realize that I can get all these food as powders, that makes life so much easier. I already ordered Beetroot and the turmeric powder. I will put these in my morning power smoothie and in my protein shake and I love the idea you had in this article: https://foodhow.com/how-to-make-your-own-supplements/ I will make some capsules also so I can easily take my healthy stuff at lunch when I am at work.

  • Barbara says:

    I didn’t know that bee pollen powder was a powder that I could purchase. I’ll be purchasing that off Amazon soon to try it out. Great article!

  • Susan514 says:

    Super useful post combined with your DIY supplement post! I may have to try out beetroot and ginger powders for myself, and if they do well for me, look into doing the DIY supplements with them. Anything anti-inflammatory is something that has my attention.

  • Excellent and detailed article. That was very helpful. Will certainly try to add these super-foods to my daily diet. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Shanita says:

    I didn’t know that bee pollen improved fertility! Hmmmm. I am DEFINITELY gonna have to do more research on that. I’m looking at trying for a baby in the next couple of years, and I’ve had some reproductive trouble in the past, so that might be helpful. Thanks so much for the heads’ up!


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