Is your vitality being drained from a poor diet? Here are some nourishing superfood powders to give you a nutritious and tasty boost!
Superfood powders are an easy way to enjoy nutrient-dense foods without worrying about cooking or best-before dates. Mix these powders into shakes and smoothies, add these to your porridge or combine into other recipes.
Powdered nutrition is the newest trend and is worthy of all the praise it is garnering. Powders are easy to add to any meal and are very nutrition dense. Also, powders are less processed compared to many pills and are easy for the stomach to absorb.
You may have tried some common superfoods such as spirulina, cinnamon, and maca powder, but there are many others that you may not be aware of.
Best Superfood Powders:
Here is a list of top seven superfoods that you can get in the form of a powder. (plus one bonus one at the end that is my new discovery)
1. Turmeric Powder
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 a bright orange flesh. It has a fragrant aroma and is commonly used in Indian cuisine.
It is 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 health-giving properties can be attributed to the compounds called curcuminoids. The most important of these is curcumin.
Common benefits associated with turmeric powder are:
- Acts as a digestive aid and helps treat problems such as gas and bloating.
- Fights chronic inflammation.
- Increases the antioxidant capacity of the body.
- Could help to control inflammatory bowel conditions such as Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
- Could help lower blood cholesterol levels thereby reducing the risk of stroke and heart conditions.
- Can lower blood sugar levels.
- Could treats eczema.
- May help heal wounds.
- Could reduce arthritic pain.
2. Spirulina Powder
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.
As a result, the nutrient-rich spirulina powder can aid in the management of many issues.
Some of the most researched spirulina benefits include:
- Helping maintain healthy cholesterol levels. One study found that after 4 months of consuming spirulina, participants experienced significant reductions in cholesterol compared to the placebo group.
- Easing the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Whilst the exact mechanisms remain a mystery, it has been scientifically proven that spirulina facilitates in normalizing nasal discharge, reducing congestion and sneezing, and calming down itching. As a result, many individuals consume spirulina powder throughout the hay fever season – and with great success!
- Maintaining healthy blood pressure. Although not a universal benefit, in some people spirulina has been shown to keep blood pressure at bay – so it’s worth trying.
- According to preliminary research, spirulina can also offer a certain degree of protection against oral cancer, e.g. in tobacco consumers. Specifically, spirulina aids in healing precancerous oral lesions even in individuals who keep consuming tobacco even upon receiving a warning – however, it’s not a good enough excuse to keep smoking!
- And finally, spirulina powder adds unique pleasant taste when blended into smoothies – yum!
3. Beetroot Powder
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.
Here is how beetroot powder can help you:
- Supports healthy blood pressure.
- Improves athletic performance, boosts stamina and aids recovery.
- Controls blood sugar levels.
- Supports healthy clotting factors.
- Improves blood vessel flow.
- Contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds for overall well being.
- Last but not least, beetroots are rich in betaine. Betaine is thought to be very helpful for good digestion.
4. Broccoli Powder
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable and contains high levels of glucosinolates, a healthy compound. 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. Broccoli powder will provide you all the benefits but in a more concentrated form.
These benefits include:
- Gives you a daily intake of veggies in few scoop.
- Helps to reduce cholesterol levels.
- Stimulates the body’s antioxidant system.
- Helps to detox.
- Promotes digestion.
- Increases Vitamin D levels.
- Protects against inflammation.
- Promotes colon, prostate and liver function.
- Could reduce fibromyalgia symptoms.
- Rich in beta-carotene, calcium and also folate.
5. Bee Pollen
It is also a very rich source of protein. It contains many water-soluble vitamins, minerals, phenolic compounds, lipids, sugars, and digestible carbohydrates.
It is not surprising that bee pollen brings a host of benefits including:
- Enhances cardiovascular function and boosts energy.
- Relieves stress.
- Relieves symptoms of menopause.
- Strengthens your immune system.
- Improves fertility.
- Could treats allergies.
6. Powdered Honey
Honey powder 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.
Apart from being a natural sweetener and popular flavoring agent, it also possesses a variety of other benefits that include:
- Improves the appearance and health of your skin.
- Aids in weight management.
- Relieves constipation and stomach cramping.
- Prevents and treats various infections.
7. Ginger Powder
It has a much longer shelf life compared to raw ginger root. Adding it to your daily diet is very good for your well-being and can help with several conditions.
Some of its most common benefits include:
- Helps treat nausea and morning sickness (when raw ginger is chewed or consumed in tea).
- Could prevent heart disease and stroke.
- Boosts immune system.
- Treats fungal infections.
- Could help to relieve pain.
- Boosts memory and brain function.
- Treats symptoms of a common cold.
# Bonus Addition - Chlorella Powder
This is my later addition to this list. This nutrient-rich seaweed has been receiving increased attention lately, thanks to all the amazing nutritional benefits this superfood has to offer.
Whereas the benefits of ginger, spirulina and other superfoods above are relatively widely-known, chlorella still remains a new kid on the block.
So, after I started using it with such a noticeable and positive effect I decided to add it to the list. The other reason I wanted to mention chlorella is that to my knowledge, this is the only food that is effective against mercury overload in the body. So if you are eating a lot of fish or have many silver fillings then chlorella is the best choice for helping to get rid of some of the mercury in your body.
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! However, before relying on chlorella powder as a protein source, check the packaging and dosage instructions. You may not end up consuming enough to ingest any significant amount of protein due to small portions needed to yield other benefits.
Here are some considerable benefits of 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.
- 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.
- Preliminary evidence shows that chlorella supplements may assist in improving blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity – great news for diabetes sufferers! It’s best to combine chlorella powder with doctor-prescribed treatments, however.
- As many compounds in chlorella help control inflammation, it can be useful in managing inflammatory respiratory conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and allergies,
- 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.
These superfoods, when added to your daily diet can make a huge impact on your overall well-being. However, make sure that you only buy the best quality powders to get all the amazing nourishment that these superfoods have to offer.
Ways To Use These Nutritious Powders
One of the easiest ways to increase superfood powders’ consumption is adding them to smoothies. This also helps alleviate the taste of certain powders (looking at you, spirulina) 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 in 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 some superfood powder into the dough for a sneaky boost of goodness!
It’s worth noting that these powders are simply concentrated versions of certain foods, and not meal replacements.
Superfood powders can be so much more convenient to use than raw counterparts! They are a great palatable way to add your favorite superfoods 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: ( 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.
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.
Cooking Time: I have found that the best cooking time is between 4-6 hours. Anything below 4 and it will turn out 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 wall plug timer and I set it for 5 hours before I wake up in the morning and will be greeted by a warm and nutritious bowl of oatmeal that has a really nice smell of cinnamon.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you set your slow cooker to LOW. I did a mistake once and I set it to HIGH my mistake and the bowl was so burnt in the morning that I had to throw it away after two days of soaking.
Also: I don't use any sweeteners in my porridge as the dried fruits makes it sweet enough for me but if you find that you might like it a bit more sweet or you want to mask the turmeric and/or ginger powder a bit then I would suggest that you use honey or honey powder instead of sugar to sweeten it.
As I said, you can add or leave out some ingredients if you like. My friend doesn't like coconut so she leaves it out but she adds pieces of apple and a bit of quinoa to her porridge. My daughter, for instance, she doesn't eat dairy so she makes it with water, but it won't taste as nice with water in my opinion. 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!
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 then relying on what manufacturers are adding into the capsules.
Making your own supplement 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, including all the equipment you will need and also easy to follow video instruction.
To find out more go to this page: How To Make Your Own Capsules