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Super Food: Powder Edition

Today’s article is all about powder.

And, no, I’m not talking about the kind you put on your face!

Today we’re going to be talking all about those ‘super-foods’ powders that you put into smoothies and drink in shot glasses (College flashbacks, huh?)

We’re going to find out what all the fuss is about with these ‘super-food’ powders and what makes them so special. We’re also going to find out the best way to use and consume these powders. Cause, let’s be honest here, no one makes a smoothie bowl with the intention of tasting all the grass under the rainbow.

  • Spirulina 

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What Is It?: Grown around the world, spirulina is a blue-green freshwater algae (I know what you’re thinking, but don’t worry. It doesn’t taste like seaweed) with a boatload of health benefits.

Benefits

  1. Detoxes heavy metals from the body.
  2. Helps to prevent cancer.
  3. Helps to lower cholesterol.
  4. Aides in weight loss.
  5. Helps to get rid of sinus issues.
  6. Helps to lower blood pressure.

How To Use: The best way to get all the benefits that spirulina has to offer is by drinking it mixed with water. However, if you’re not old school like moi, here are some great spirulina recipes

  • Maca Root

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What Is It?: Known as one of the world’s natural ‘super foods’, maca root is part of the cruciferous family – think broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage – and is grown and harvested in the mountain regions of South America.

Benefits 

  1. Increases fertility.
  2. Helps to regulate hormone imbalance.
  3. Boosts the immune system.
  4. Increases stamina and improves sexual functions.
  5. Increases memory and cognitive focus.
  6. Helps to eliminate the symptoms of PMS.

How To Use: Personally, I love to add a scoop of maca into my chocolate and banana smoothies, which gives it a malt taste. But for more complex recipes – aka, not really complex but more effort than pouring a scoop into a smoothie – check out The Paleo Mama.

  • Bee Pollen

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What Is It?: Containing nearly all of the nutrients needed by humans to thrive, bee pollen is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, yet it is also one of the most under-rated. Made by honeybees – the good kind of bees that are actually pretty nice – bee pollen is their food source.

Benefits

  1. Contains a higher amount of protein than any animal source.
  2. Helps to treat allergies (Go figure!).
  3. Enhances stamina and fights off fatigue.
  4. Helps to prevent onset asthma and respiratory issues.
  5. Helps to treat addiction and lessen cravings.
  6. Supports the heart and the cardiovascular system.

How To Use: Best to be taken with fruit, bee pollen can be sprinkled over a fruit parfait or mixed into a fruit smoothie.

  • Baobab

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What Is It?: Made from the baobab fruit, which is found in the regions of Africa, Australia, and Arabia, baobab powder is chock full of vitamins and minerals. It’s the only fruit that dries while still on the tree.

Benefits

  1. Helps to increase energy.
  2. Aids in immune function.
  3. Aids in digestion and helps relieve constipation.
  4. Helps to increase collagen and skin elasticity.
  5. Helps to control weight and reduce glycemic response.
  6. Prevents heart disease and chances of stroke.
  7. Helps to detoxify the liver and bloodstream.

How To Use: Unlike other powders, baobab has almost no taste, making it an ideal ingredient to sneak into recipes. You can add a spoonful into brownie batters, soups, and even your grandmother’s marinara.  But don’t tell gran!

So who’s the winner of this ‘super-food’ powder showdown?

ALL OF THEM!!!

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