The big news in health foods right now is nutrient-dense superfood powders, if the way they’re flying out of our warehouse is any indication. Here we’re giving you the lowdown on some of our most popular superfood powders, why they are so beneficial and how to incorporate them into your diet.
This powdered green tea has been drunk for centuries by Buddhist monks as part of tea ceremonies, to keep them alert and focused during long days of meditation. Matcha has similar properties to regular green tea, but the health benefits are turbo-charged since you consume the finely powdered leaves rather than just the infusion.
How to use it: How about an iced matcha latte? Make a teaspoon of matcha powder into a paste using warm water. Add a little agave syrup if you want some sweetness. Shake up the mixture with chilled milk (we like almond milk), or blend it with ice for the full-on coffee shop experience.
Try Clearspring Matcha Tea 10 x 40g TE243
Native to the Andean valleys of Chile, lucuma is a fruit that looks a bit like an avocado, but with orange flesh. Lucuma has an impressive nutritional CV; it’s rich in antioxidants, iron, zinc, calcium and B vitamins. It’s also a great source of potassium, which is said to help prevent muscle cramps, regulate metabolism and ease fatigue, making lucuma a great addition to a post-workout smoothie.
How to use it: With a soft caramel flavour, powdered lucuma is great for a sweet tooth and can be added to cakes, cookies and smoothies. Or enjoy lucuma the way Peruvians do and mix it into homemade ice cream.
Try Naturya Lucuma Powder 6 x 300g, MD151
Maca is a relative of the radish and is sometimes known as Peruvian ginseng. This clever little root acts as a natural energiser and is a source of vitamin B6, calcium and iron which can help to regulate your metabolism. With its high levels of zinc, it can contribute to healthy fertility and reproduction too.
How to use it: Maca has a great malty flavour that works well in hot drinks and smoothies, or added to porridge and baking. Try this energy-boosting smoothie: put a banana, a teaspoon of coconut oil, two teaspoons of maca powder and a little honey in your blender, then whizz it up with enough almond milk to create a good consistency.
Try Rainforest Foods Maca Powder 6 x 300g, MD261
Spirulina is an impressively vivid single-cell green algae that’s been around for thousands of years. It’s rich in vitamin B12 and a good source of iron. It’s also high in magnesium, which is said to be good for the nervous system, as well as a range of amino acids.
How to use it: Hardened health foodies drink it in green smoothies and juices, but we’d recommend adding it to strongly flavoured foods like brownies or soup. Try adding it to flour when making home-made pasta for a vibrant green colour as well as a health boost!
Try Naturya Spirulina Powder 6 x 200g, MD155
Cacao is essentially the same as the cocoa used to make chocolate, but captured in its raw form for maximum health benefits. In its pure form cacao contains several amino acids and is rich in magnesium, potassium and iron. It has similar health benefits to the other superfood powders we’ve mentioned, but the difference is this one tastes amazing too!
How to use it: In your blender whizz up an avocado, 75g of cacao, a drop of vanilla extract and maple syrup to taste. Once it’s all smooth, tip into bowls and chill for a super-healthy and rich chocolate mousse.
Try Creative Nature Cacao Powder 12 x 200g MD103