Stocking up on superfood supplements can feel overwhelming and can get expensive, fast. How do you even consume them all anyway? While you may have blended your fair share of less than palatable superfood smoothies, there do exist products that do the work for you. From bars and cereals to powders, here are seven ways to sneak more superfoods into your day without popping a single pill.
Possibly the most potent option on this list, Philosophie blends are an outstanding mix of superfoods. Don't let the slightly feminine presentation deter you, the incredible health benefits you'll recieve from these powders are not just for women. The brand offers three different blends, which are best used in smoothies. The Green Dream blend contains organic spirulina, maca, mesquite, hemp powder, chia seeds, and vanilla. The combination enhances mood and libido, and also balances blood sugar, protects joints and organs, and encourages muscle growth. The Cacao Magic blend also has an impressive ingredient list, offering similar health benefits. Due to the cacao powder and reishi in this blend, it has anti-aging properties and acts as a natural anti-depressant. Finally, the Berry Bliss blend has more vitamin C than 10 oranges, more protein than an egg, more antioxidants than 10 cups of green tea, and more vitamin A than a cup of lettuce. The tangy powder is a combination of organic acai, goji, sprouted brown rice protein, pomegranate, camu camu, mangosteen, and maca.
Having oatmeal for breakfast every morning is a solid move. Why not sneak in a few extra superfoods while you're at it? Nature's Path has a new supercharged line of oatmeal called Qia. It's gluten-free, and contains three incredible superfoods: chia, hemp, and buckwheat. It keeps you feeling fuller even longer due to added proten, fiber, and omegas.
Maca is becoming more mainstream by the minute. It's rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, iron, potassium, and other nutrients. Maca is also a good source of plant protein and is considered a fiber-rich food. Navitas Naturals maca cashews are a perfect snack because they combine healthy fats and protein from the nuts with the rich vitamin and mineral content of maca. The maple syrup and coconut palm sugar give this snack a subtle sweet flavor for only five grams of sugar per serving.
If you're eating cereal for breakfast, you're more than likely consuming empty calories and excess sugar. One of your best bets is Emmy's Supercereal. The Cacao Coconut contains organic sprouted buckwheat groats, coconut nectar, raisins, cacao nibs, almonds, and coconut pieces. Translation: you have a breakfast full of antioxidants and eight essential amino acids.
Finally a high-protein bar with a superfood kick. The Pro Bar Chocolate Supergreens not only contains a whopping 20 grams of protein, but it also boasts a solid round-up of superfood ingredients. This Pro Bar contains chia, flaxseed, and a blend of barley grass, wheat grass, and alfalfa. The green superfoods here can help with digestion, stimulate circulation, help suppress appetite, and relieve fatigue. The chia and flaxseed provide your body with essential amino acids and healthy fats to balance out the snack.
Kashi is a brand you're probably more familiar with, as the company is know for its healthy, whole-grain snack and breakfast options. Now the brand's taken a step to add even more nutritious ingredients to their foods, like these crunchy granola and seed bars. They combine chia seeds and quinoa with the traditional whole-grain base for a healthy, satisfying afternoon snack. One serving delivers 23g of whole grains, 320mg ALA omega-3 fatty acids, and 3g fiber. The chocolate chips make them that much better. These are a good option to ease more superfoods into your diet if you're not ready to dive into green powders or take shots of wheatgrass every day.
Yes, chocolate is on the list. In moderation, of course. If you're looking for serious health benefits, you need to go extreme. Really extreme. This extreme 80% dark chocolate with cacao nibs is the perfect option. Cacao is rich in magnesium with helps with muscle and nerve function, and is also an incredible source of antioxidants. Did we mention it will lift your mood? It's a natural anti-depressant making it a perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Pair a serving with some almonds for a healthy, balanced snack.