Healthy Powders Review

29 August 2017 by
First published: 25 July 2014

Not sure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals? You might wanna add some healthy powders into your diet.

We’re all about eating healthy foods and nutritious treats, but with so many awesome superfoods out there, it can be hard to fit them all into your diet – and your stomach! That’s where health powders come in. If you want to up your game in the health stakes without piling your plate sky high, why not try one of these magical powders to get an instant health boost, no peeling, chopping or cooking required!

Wheatgrass is the young grass of the wheat plant. There was a trend for taking wheatgrass as a liquid, throwing back a shot of the fluoro green drink – an acquired taste to say the least! For a much easier (and more palatable) way to get a boost of vitamins and minerals, try incorporating the powder into your food. Lola Biggs, dietician at Conscious Food, says,‘This pea-green powder is rich in the vital chlorophyll used by plants to trap the sun’s energy. For us, it acts as a powerful natural detoxifier, and can be mixed with water to form an intense health shot or serenaded with ginger and lemon as part of a green power smoothie. Either way, you’ll load your body with a dense concoction of hugely-detoxifying polyphenols and plant proteins.’
Try Naturya organic wheatgrass powder, £7.99, Holland and Barrett.

This skin-saving superfood powder comes from the African baobab fruit. Packed full of antioxidants and vitamin C, it helps to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals. Not only that, it contains high levels of fibre which can help improve digestion. Lola adds, ‘Naturally sweet, Baobab is great to add to smoothies, porridge and Greek yoghurt. The seeds are commonly milled into a convenient powder form, which makes it extra easy for us to benefit from its natural goodness.’
Try Aduna Loose Baobab Powder, £13.99

Matcha tea
Why just infuse the leaves when you can eat the whole lot? Matcha tea is a bright green powder, which was formerly used by monks to help their concentration during long periods of meditation. Originally from Japan, the ground up leaves are now being exported over to us so we can reap the health benefits too – hooray! Lola says, ‘As with all of these power powders, what makes macha so fantastic is that it can be easily incorporated into meals, snacks and drinks, allowing you to effortlessly super-charge the nutrient profile of everything you eat.’ Lola adds, ‘Because you ingest the entire leaf, you benefit from many of the nutrients lost with simple infusion teas. Matcha is, gram-for-gram, one of the highest sources of beta-carotene and vitamin C, and furthermore contains a varied medley of age-fighting polyphenols.’
Try TeaPigs Matcha, £25.00 for 30g.

Blackcurrant powder
Blackcurrant powder is your new best friend when it comes to recovery. Check out CurraNZ capsules, concentrated New Zealand blackcurrant powder in easy-to-swallow capsule form. The berries are packed full of anti-inflammatories and reduce lactic acid build-up. The vitamin boost is also great for your immune system.
Try Curranz, £29 for a month’s supply.