I’m on a mission to eat healthier. I have no intention of giving up pizza and tiramisu (you can take the girl out of Italy but you can’t take Italy out of the girl), but I’m always looking for little ways to tweak my diet and add more goodies into it. You know, all that stuff that’s good for your skin and body but you usually avoid because it tastes like crap (well, compared to pizza, anyway).
My latest crush is powdered superfood blends. Here’s why:
- They’re nutritious: they’re full of greens, minerals and proteins that keep you healthy and young.
- They’re convenient: instead of roaming through your cupboard looking for something healthy and cook a nutritious meal, you can just add a couple of spoonfuls to your fave drink.
- They’re versatile: you can mix them into a glass of water, drink or smoothie (not soda drinks, please. FYI: Italians never have a soda drink with a meal – it interferes with the flavour of foods).
At the moment, I’m enjoying Alchemy Elixirs. There are 4:
- Beauty Elixir: it gives your skin a radiant boost
- Energy Elixir: it gives you, well… energy
- Morning Elixir: a nutritious alternative to breakfast
- Sport Elixir: it helps you recover after a workout
How To Use Alchemy Elixirs
Before I tell you what they do, a quick note on how to drink them. Because, if you make my same mistake, you’d want to throw these blends in the bin before you’ve given them a proper go.
Here’s the deal: they taste AWFUL. ALL of them.
The first time I used them, I mixed them with water only (most days, that’s all I drink). Big mistake. They all taste like grass.
Next, I tried them with orange juice. Much better.
Finally, I poured a couple of teaspoons into a smoothie. Now, we’re talking! You can barely detect the grass taste anymore, yet you’re getting all its nutritious goodness. Win win!
What’s in it: Baobab, acai, goji berries, camu camu, pea protein and wheatgrass.
This is the only elixir I could drink with water alone. It doesn’t taste good but much better than all the three others combined. It must be the berries. They make everything taste better. 🙂
Berries are some of the most antioxidants rich food out there. They’re loaded with vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene and other antioxidants that fight the free radicals that cause premature wrinkles.
Vitamin C also boosts the production of collagen, the protein that keeps your skin firm, and brightens the complexion.
Needless to say, you have to eat/drink them regularly to reap their benefits. You can’t have a smoothie with a spoonful of powder and expect it to take away your wrinkles for good.
But, if you’re looking for a way to add more wrinkle-fighting antioxidants, this could be it.
What’s in it: Baobab, pea protein, maca, chlorella & camu camu.
I like to drink this either in the morning when I’m prepping up for a busy day or in the afternoon when I feel my energy levels dip and I know I won’t be productive for long without help.
(I could drink coffee but then it won’t make me sleep as well, so I’d need another cuppa in the morning and before you know I’ve entered a vicious circle: I get stuff done but are tired all the time. No, thank you.)
This blend is a rich source of plant proteins, irons and vitamin C. Fun fact: it has twice the amount of vitamin C found in an orange. But, the hero’s here is maca. It’s a relative of radish that can boost your stamina and energy levels. Not much research has been done to confirm this, but eating your veggies can’t be bad for you.
Let’s be clear: you won’t drink this and go from super tired to super productive. But, when you add more veggies and nutrients to your diet, your energy does increase a bit.
If you’re a coffee addict, I’ll give this one a try, instead.
What’s in it: Hemp & pea protein, baobab, wheatgrass, psyllium husk, chlorella, spirulina, goji berries, camu camu & acai.
I’m happy with my bowl of Greek Yogurt, nuts and berries sprinkled with coconut flakes. But, when I get bored and start craving something else, I’ll make a smoothie with this powder.
It provides 100% of your daily vitamin C requirements, 20% of iron and 15% of folic acid. Plus, plenty of antioxidants to fight free radicals, the molecules that make every organ in your body (skin included) age faster.
I take it at around 6:30 am (I’m an early birdie) and my stomach doesn’t grumble again until around 11:00 am. I can get on with work without being distracted every now and then by hunger pains (that always used to happen when I ate an Italian style breakfast – tea and biscuits).
What’s in it: Pea protein, lucuma, wheatgrass, hemp protein, acai & camu camu.
I don’t know about you, but after a workout, I feel so hungry I could eat a whale. I usually rummage through my cupboard trying to find something healthy to eat – I didn’t work that hard for an hour to fill my body with crap again.
But, I’m not a rabbit, either. I won’t eat a carrot alone. I need to peel it, cut it, add some other vegs, sprinkle everything with oil… I’m already tired just thinking about it. Reaching for a hamburger is so much easier.
Lately, I’ve found a fix: a quick smoothie. I blend together berries, Greek yoghurt, a banana, coconut milk, a dash of cinnamon and two spoonfuls of the Alchemy Sports Elixir. Within minutes, I’m enjoying a tasty drink that doesn’t compromise all my hard work.
This elixir is a good source of proteins, which helps to repair and boost lean muscle. Pea protein, for example, contains all essential amino acids while hemp protein is rich in omega-3, which supports joints health.
Plus, there are plenty of antioxidants, iron and magnesium to soothe your sore muscles and help them recover faster. Of course, it may be the placebo effect, but it makes me feel much better after a workout than the hamburger. It sure helps keep the weight down. 😉
P.S. If you’re looking for more ideas on how to incorporate these nutritious blends into your smoothies, snacks and meals, Alchemy has plenty of tasty recipes on its website. Check them out.
P.P.S. Don’t use these superfood blends as an excuse not to eat your veggies. These complement, not substitute, real veggies.
P.P.P.S. If you already follow a super healthy diet, be careful with these blends. You don’t want to go over your recommended daily intake of vitamin c/iron/whatever.
Are you into powdered superfood blends, too? What’s your favourite way to incorporate them into your diet? Share them in the comments below.
Price & Availability: 300g (30 servings), £39.00; 40g (4 servings), £7.99 at Planet Organic
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