Confused about Superfood Powders?

06 Sep 2014

We’ve all been there, hearing from one person or another that their smoothie contained an endless amount of superfood powders, healthy foods, and whatever else rock-you-out-of-this-world ingredient. Now I’m all for having delicious foods and using various vitamins to enhance the benefits, however I realize that many people don’t understand why they are taking these products, how to take them properly or brands to buy from.

With so many products on the market, how do you choose?

With so many products on the market, how do you choose?

When I started my clean eating journey over two years ago, I had no idea what a superfood powder was. Truthfully, it seemed like another ‘gimmick’ to get you to purchase expensive things that you didn’t really need. I remember buying my first packet of spirulina and nearly died from the taste (I’m sure you’ve been there too!). It was only when I began mixing them into my porridge or smoothies was the taste acceptable- but I noticed something else! Along with my changing diet (going from one of too many cakes, chocolates and cookies to one of green smoothies, fruit, and no more restriction), I started feeling amazing. It seemed like there was something to these powders that I didn’t really understand. So I did my research and began learning what each one does for you and testing out all the various brands at Whole Foods (yes, I spent a lot of money doing this!).

Of all of the brands I tried, Organic Burst was the FIRST one I bought and my absolute favorite. Why? It started from the cool containers. Because I travel so often, these were the perfect containers to put in my bag and take with me to work, on holiday or in the car. I then realized that the taste was better in products such as the baoab and maca and later they released these amazing tablets which are just so convenient to take! Their instagram account is amazing as they share so many recipes with the various powders and I am inspired every time to go out and start cooking! They are also certified organic and I know the owner personally (stay tuned for an awesome interview I did with her) and I LOVE her ethos about the company and the products they supply.

The Best Superfood Powders for Athletes

So what’s the low down on Superfood Powders?

  • Superfood powders are something that has been around a LONG time. The Egyptians, Pharaohs, Inca and Aztec’s all used to use them to fuel their bodies when going out for long days to hunt game and find food.
  • They are digested by the body much quicker than a pill (such as a multi-vitamin) allowing you to reap the benefits quickly.
  • When taken in addition to a healthy diet, you will begin to see more energy, clearer skin, a regular digestive system and feel more vitalized.

When & why take Superfood Powders:

Energy: add 1tsp of Maca to your porridge, granola or smoothie. Studies have shown maca to increase energy, physical stamina and endurance.

Hydrate: add 1tsp of Baobab to your bottle of water and sip throughout the day. Baobab powder is super high in electrolytes – it has 5x more potassium than bananas. It’s also contains 6x more Vitamin C than oranges, which boosts collagen and hyaluronic acid production in the skin, making it radiant.

Detoxing: take 1tsp chlorella daily. Scientists have proven that taking chlorella dramatically increases the rate of regeneration and healing in all tissues, including your skin. As a result your skin grows new cells daily keeping it looking young and feeling elastic. Chlorella can also prevent hangovers because of it’s detoxing properties.

Post Workout: Add 1tsp Spirulina in your protein shake. Spirulina contains 60-70% protein, which is also 4x more absorbable than protein in beef! It helps the body recover quicker and reduces muscle pain.

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To order from my personal favorite company, click here. They are also offering my followers 10% off all orders if you use the code STAYSHARP10 until September 8.

What is your favorite recipe using a superfood powder? I would love to have you share. Find me on Facebook here.

Xoxo,

Nikki

@nikkisharp
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