Superfood powders are everywhere. As mix-ins at the smoothie place. They can be toppings on your acai bowl, or even something to dissolve in small glasses of water. But what are they good for? How do you use them?
Here I’ll pick 6 popular superfood powders and explain their reported benefits and how you can use them.
Moringa powder is a superfood that is high in iron, which helps combat fatigue, as well as protein and calcium. It has a slightly nutty flavor with a radish-like kick. It’s becoming more popular lately and looks an awful lot like matcha. Moringa is often used in smoothies and teas, particularly teas with mint.
Maca is an adaptogen* that helps balance hormones and even improves memory and increases energy. It has been used for centuries to help with both male and female fertility as well as being great for people with migraines. It has an earthy, caramel flavor and is great for creamy smoothies or mixed into flour for desserts. Some places even make it into bread. Truly, it is one of the most versatile superfoods available.
*Adaptogens are a new class of metabolic regulators and are increasingly popular. They help the adrenal system regulate hormones and manage stress. Some are even calling them natural Xanax.
Turmeric is a vibrant root with benefits ranging from digestion to heart health. If you look at Pinterest or food blogs, it is starting to take over the food world and it is one of our favorite natural ingredients. Turmeric has a warm bitter flavor and can be used as a spice in curries, added into smoothies, or even made into a tea or yellow milk.
Collagen helps with healthy skin (it helps reverse the signs of aging) and nails as well as joint health and digestion.Many also consider it to be a great protein source. You can blend it into cold drinks like smoothies or even as an emulsifier in hot drinks like bulletproof coffee and because it is relatively odorless and tasteless, it won’t affect the flavor.
Matcha has been consumed since the 12th century in China. It contains 137x as much ECGC as regular green tea. Traditionally, some benefits are that it’s anti-inflammatory with energizing properties and it has been known to increase metabolism. You can drink it plain, make it into a latte with milk, vanilla, and some sweetener or use it in sweets and smoothies to add depth of flavor.
Acai powder is high in antioxidants and rich in fiber. It is a great way to add antioxidants to your smoothies if you can’t find fresh berries. In addition, you can also use it in parfaits, chia puddings, and baked goods.
Have any tips of your own on how to incorporate any of these into your daily routine? Let us know in the comments, and check out our next article on natural ways to reduce inflammation!
Mary Fran Wiley is a well known gluten-free and positive living blogger from Chicago where she writes Curiouser and Curiouser, maintains the Chronic Positivity Project, and has been featured in Allergic Living Magazine, Care2.com and Today.com.