Superfood powders are nutrient powerhouses, containing antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in one neat little serving, learn how to supercharge your meals and snacks with our top 5!
Benefits: endurance, stamina, hormone balance, menopausal mood swings, fertility and libido – for both men and women.
Wake up bleary eyed in the morning? This Peruvian root is a natural, caffeine-free, sugar-free energiser – supposedly Incan and Spanish warriors consumed large amounts of Maca before battle to increase their energy and prowess!
How to use it: It’s flavour of malty caramel tastes great added to smoothies, yoghurt and healthy baking recipes, you only need a small amount to feel the effects, ½ tsp-1.5 tsps max.
Benefits: Improves mood, energy and heart health – linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, lowered blood pressure and increasing ‘good cholesterol’. A source of antioxidants, phytonutrients, iron and magnesium.
If you have a penchant for chocolate, but want to avoid sugar and processed foods, switch to raw cacao – it’s least processed form. Some experts suggest chocolate cravings may be your body’s way of regulating mood. In fact a deficit of a compound called PEA (phenylethylamine) found in both cacao and the brain can contribute to depression.
How to use it: Cacao is more bitter than everyday chocolate, add a depth of rich flavour to healthy brownies, protein balls, hot chocolate and mochas.
Benefits: skin health – combat oxidative damage caused by the natural aging process, with cholesterol lowering and cardio-protective benefits too!
Acai berries are amongst the most potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory foods available, particularly high in anthocyanins – which give their deep purple colour. Native to tropical Central and South America, the acai palm tree has long been an important food source for indigenous people of the Amazon region.
How to use it: Flavoured somewhere between chocolate and wild berries, it’s delicious added to smoothies, yoghurt, granola, desserts. Why not try an acai bowl?
Benefits: energy, immune support and plumped skin. Loaded with fibre, antioxidants and vitamin C for collagen formation and to protect cells against oxidative stress, just 10g (2-3 tsps) provides a third of our daily requirements.
If you’re prone to catching every bug around, give your immune system a little TLC with this pure, raw fruit powder. Fibre is particularly important for healthy digestion, blood glucose balance and weight management and most people in the UK don’t get enough. Gently increase your intake with baobab, it’s 50% fibre!
How to use it: Baobab has a zesty-sour and citrusy flavour, with a hint of sweetness- a bit like healthy sherbet! Sprinkle it on pancakes, cereal, porridge, fruit. It’s also great simply stirred in with hot water and lemon.
Benefits: healthy skin, eyes, and immune function. A great source of beta-carotene, B vitamins, zinc and iron.
Known as the ‘‘Gold of the Incas”, this exotic Peruvian fruit is rich in antioxidants, important for protecting the body from cancer, premature ageing and heart disease.
How to use it: Lucuma is naturally sweet but low on the glycaemic index, so won’t disrupt blood glucose balance. It’s delicious in chia puddings, bakes, ice-cream, overnight oats, smoothies – anything you want to add a little natural sweetness to!
Why not try adding your favourite superfood to an anti-inflammatory smoothie?