8 superfood powders every (non)athlete should consider eating

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"When you gradually add in nutrient-dense, finer-rich foods, you simply stop feeling cravings." - Kathy Freston

Hey you. Yes you. Pssst! Not so loud. Why am I whispering? Well, come a little closer. Are you interested in green superfood benefits? Legal performance enhancers, that kind of stuff? I got wheat (grass) and all kind of different colored superfood powders. Have a look.

My 8 favourite superfood powders

Maca

This beige magic gunpowder deprived from a Peruvian root is an a-dapt-o-gen. It’s perfect for everyone with a mentally or physically stressful life. It’s like a rocket launcher and helps you to increase your tolerance for stress.

Any kind of stress has negative effects on our hormonal health. An unbalanced hormonal system can induce premature aging, excess body fat that has to be stored, decreased libido and makes it hard to build muscles.

In athlete words:
This stuff enables you to continue training at a high level. It increases stamina and it’s like a spa treatment for your adrenal glands.

In non-athlete words:
Think balancing, stress reducing and energizing super dust.

Dosage:
1 tsp. gelatinized maca. I add it to smoothies, desserts and recovery drinks.

http://www.vegkitchen.com/nutrition/7-top-health-benefits-of-maca/

Bee pollen

Sprinkles of bee pollen on smoothieThese yellow, sweet granules are gathered by arduous labor. It takes a worker bee one month (8 hours daily) to collet one teaspoon. The pellets contain nearly all nutrients required by humans.

In men’s words:
More protein than beef, eggs or cheese of equal weight. Protein helps create new cells.

In athlete words:
A natural energizer and stamina enhancer.

In non athlete words:
Healthy skin, reduced sinus problems, digestive aid, immune system booster, capillary strengthener and asthma reliever.

Dosage:
Are you allergic to pollen? Don’t eat them. For the rest of you start with a fairly small amount. Sprinkled on toast, in smoothies and cereal or zestfully pop them right into your mouth.

http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/10-amazing-health-benefits-of-bee-pollen

Dulse

What are you saying? Something smells fishy? Nothing fishy here. This raw, fine, dark-purple looking sand belongs to the sea vegetable family. It is an excellent source of naturally occurring electrolytes.

In athlete words:
This stuff keeps your cells hydrated, helps in maintaining a steady heart beat and is needed for smooth muscles contraction.

In non-athlete words:
A great source of iodine for a healthy thyroid. Cleanses the body of heavy metals. It is also a healthy salt substitute.

Dosage:
Just experiment. I add dulse powder to my recovery drink or dulse flakes to my miso soup.

http://www.naturalnews.com/034667_dulse_iodine_potassium.html

Carob

This light brown concentrate might be as close as it can get to a stimulant free “healthy alternative to chocolate”.

The reimbursements for ingesting carob are multiple. It is rich in insoluble fiber (think sweeping your digestive tract). It is quite high in trace minerals and an enjoyable source of calcium and iron. It is also rich in antioxidants, the guards that fight any free-radical attack in your body.

In athlete words:
No iron = no oxygen to run, cycle, swim or whatever you do.

In want-to-be-mom words:
Exactly what the nutritionist ordered.

Dosage:
Get creative and google the web for recipes. I mix it into muffin batter or recovery shakes. And when I’m really uninspired I mix it with all the other powders in plain water (guess what color the drink becomes when you combine brown, beige and green ….).

http://www.australiancarobs.com/health.php

Chia

Chia seeds pudding with blueberries and quarkA word of caution in advance. These flavorless tiny pods are sneaky. They cling on to every tiny bit of lubrication. Never ever just take a spoonful and shuffle it into your mouth. You will be marked with sticky dark pods in the cavities of your teeth or dentures for the rest of your life. Always, and I mean always mix them into something (yogurt, cereal, salad, smoothie, water).

This indigenous dietary staple of the Tarahumara Indians, a tribe of super-runners, comes with super powers. Take this: More iron than spinach, more calcium than milk, more antioxidants than blueberries, more Omega-3s than salmon and close to zero carbohydrates.

In athlete words:
Sustained endurance, accelerated recovery, battling aches and joint pain.

In non-athlete words:
It covers everything from gastrointestinal health to mental wellness to weight loss.

In type 2 diabetes words:
Lower blood pressure, decreased inflammation and a more stable blood sugar.

Dosage:
Three tablespoons a day. Again, as soon as they hit water they form a gelatinous mixture.

http://wellnessmama.com/4981/uses-for-chia-seeds/

Chlorella

This green powder is clearly a super distillate. 65% of it is complete protein plus a compact dose of essential fatty acids, a variety of vitamins, minerals and enzymes and chlorophyll. This is probably the queen of green superfood benefits.

In athlete words:
A complete protein for healthy new cells plus tons of other performance enhancing stuff.

In non-athlete words:
All-in-one kid: detoxifier, free radical fighter and immune system enhancer plus a vegetarian source of B12.

Dosage:
No more than 1 tablespoon a day. Detoxifying effects might set in after 1 tsp.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/01/is-this-one-of-natures-most-powerful-detoxification-tools.aspx

Nutritional yeast

Oh, so you are not into powders. Then how about some mushrooms? This yellow, flaky and cheese-y elixir is chock full of B-vitamins, a source of complete protein and full of trace minerals.

In athlete words:
It combats fatigue and helps in converting food to energy while being irresistible tasty.

In I’m-on-a-free-stuff-diet words:
Dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free and sugar-free stimulant that tastes like cheese. Can it get any better than that? Seriously?

Dosage:
Sprinkle and season as you like. I use it habitually for kale chips, popcorn, creamed spinach and soups. It’s super versatile. Get creative. But be aware too much B-vitamins in the evening can excite and keep you up all night.

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/11-ways-use-nutritional-yeast-and-why-you-should.html

Chaga

Do I have real mushrooms? Sure. How about some Inonotus Obliquus? Sounds good? You just bought yourself a ride to antioxidants heaven with endless stops at other health destinations.

In athlete words:
Is there anything that it can’t accomplish? This mushroom is truly a “gift of the Gods” or the king of superfood powders. In simple terms it is the “safest bet for creating well being and increasing life span”.

In healthy conscious people words:
Anti-cancer. Anti-bacterial. Anti-inflammatory. Anti-candida. Anti-viral. Anti-fungal.

Dosage:
Depends on what you get. There is chaga tea, chaga powder, and chaga capsules. Follow instructions on packaging.

http://www.chagamountain.com/health-benefits.html

Why I think superfood powders are a great addition to any diet

Did I promise too much? Are you asking yourself, where have all these magic superfood powders been all my life?

These health-promoting treasures are a great addition to any eating plan. Not just weekend warriors and professional athletes. Superfood powders are natural and (almost all of them) whole foods turned into powder. They are nutrient dense and packed with health giving properties like antioxidants. They are easily digestible and absorbable. They not only speed up recovery, but also can give everyone’s immune system a little kick or a burst of energy when feeling a little exhausted. And believe me, the benefits I mentioned here are just the tip of the iceberg. Not to overwhelm you with my enthusiasm I kept it short.

Anyway, you probably won’t find these superfood powders at your regular grocery store. You’ll find them at “Health Food Stores” (Isn’t that a funny word? Should not all foods be healthy?). Anyway, superfood powders don’t come cheaply. But it’s worth it. Remember because they are so nutrient dense you only need small amounts. Enjoy, thrive and get strong!

Okay, okay. Here are my secret contributors to my stash of powdered awesomeness.

West Point Naturals

Harmonic Arts

Victoria’s Health 

Quidditas 

Finlandia Pharmacy

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8 superfood powders every (non)athlete should consider eating by
Tanja Knapp
About the Author
Tanja Knapp

Tanja Knapp is an Explorer, Adventurer and Happiness Hunter currently camping in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Her roots are in Germany where she grew up on a remote farm. A colony of abnormal cells in her cervix taught her the lesson that would change her life forever. Life doesn't get better by chance, it get better by change. She truly believes in creating happiness & health through constant adapting, growing and evolving. Her super power is curiosity. With her blog she likes to inspire others to explore uncharted territory.

If she is not busy writing, running, swimming or cycling, she is expanding her knowledge, exploring the World, and taking on new challenges.

She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and graduated with an Honors diploma in Holistic Nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2013. She obtained a Hospitality certification in 1998 and a Marketing Communications diploma in 2004. She has worked both in Europe and North America.

Comments

  1. Terry McGrath says

    I super agree about the chaga powder that I bought from Harmonic Arts,I use for my coffee alternative in the morning and sometimes evening treat.

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