5 Powders You Can Add for Nutritional Benefits
My grandmother told me I might be overdosing on super foods. Considering I pack these into my smoothies on a pretty regular basis, she might be right. I’ll have to do some investigative research if this is possible. Jazz up your smoothies, oatmeals, or even energy bites with some of these delicious powders.
Goji Berry Powder
Goji powder comes from freeze-dried goji berries. Goji berries have been used in Asian herbal medicine for over 5,000 years. Goji berries are one of the most nutrient rich foods on earth. Goji berry powder is filled with a ton of protein, essential amino acids, rich in vitamin A (beta-carotene). Mix it into your smoothies, add it to your cereals, or mix it into other recipes.
Cacao beans make all types of chocolate. It’s an incredible health food when it is in its natural state. The magnesium in cacao can boost your energy, help with bone health and can create healthy immune function.
Chlorella and Spirulina
Chlorella and spirulina come from a sea algae. Chlorella is a great source of protein. They are detoxifiers, especially with heavy metals. These algaes support healthy hormonal and immune system function. They also help promote skin and cardiovascular health. Chlorella and spirulina help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Chlorella is also helpful for avoiding cancers, fighting cancer, and detoxifies radiation and chemotherapy.
Maqui Berry Powder
Maqui berry powder comes from freeze-dried maqui berries similar to the way goji berry powder is produced. Maqui berries are native to the Patagonia region of Chile. They are regularly consumed by the Mapuche Indians, which is one of the longest living cultures in the world. Maqui berries have a premium source of vitamin C, iron, and dietary fiber. Maqui berries have a unique source of antioxidants and have a high ORAC value. There are tons of flavonoids such as anthocyanins and polyphenols. Use this powder to enhance deserts, mix into your smoothies, and put into your cereal or yogurt.
There is red maca powder and white maca powder. The red maca powder comes from a root vegetable found in the Peruvian Andes. It has been used in food and medicine in South America for centuries. Red maca balances hormones, increases fertility and libido in both men and women. It also helps enhance strength and endurance. Incan warriors used to consume maca before long journeys and battles because it kept them strong and energized. I use Sunfood Red Maca powder, which is grown at high elevations in areas that are not touched by pollution. It is sun-dried and low-temperature processed into a fine powder. Others can be grown at lower elevations and processed at higher temperatures so make sure to read the labels! As with the other powders, you can add it to your smoothies but you can also put it into gazpacho or these chocolate, date, almond butter energy bites. Read more about the benefits of maca here!
What are some creative ways you have used your super powders in dishes?