Breakfast… the most important meal of the day. I often eat mine hours after I’ve got up, got the babies ready, done the nursery run, popped to the shops… by then I’m really craving some nutrition! I mentioned in my New Year Goals post that I’m really making an effort to eat more healthily this January, as my diet towards the end of my pregnancy and over the first few months of Alfie’s life has certainly left something to be desired! My health visitor suggested I take some multi vitamin tablets, but I know from experience that the best way to get my nutrients is through my diet.
I was therefore so happy to get the chance to review some incredible superfood powders from the fantastic Indigo Herbs. I chose two different powders to try, the Super Greens Organic Superfood Blend, and the Organic Ashwagandha Powder.
Organic Supergreens Powder
This is an amazing dark green blend which is a mix of organic Wheatgrass, Barley Grass, Moringa, Spirulina and Chlorella powder. It is incredibly high in antioxidants, and contains all 9 of the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Moringa is a great natural source of iron, which is something I was low on towards the end of my pregnancy.
Organic Ashwagandha Powder
This was something I hadn’t heard of before and was very exited to try, especially when I read that it is the Number One remedy in Ayurveda. Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, developed in India over 3,000 years ago. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. You can read more about Ayurveda in this article by Deepak Chopra. Ashwaghanda powder is also known as the ‘Indian Ginseng’ – Ginseng being a plant based remedy which helps with fatigue, amongst other things.
How to use the powders
There are a number of ways to get these into your diet, my boys’ Dad loves to make superfood porridge, where he will mix all sorts of goodies into a bowl of cooked oats. Goji berries, maple syrup, superfood powders, all in one bowl. Frey loves to share it with him but personally I find this a bit heavy for breakfast. My favourite at the moment is a blended green juice, which is light, delicious, and absolutely packed with goodness!
You can be pretty creative when making your green juice, anything goes really – kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, asparagus, courgette.. even parsnips! Just remember to add some fruit too to make it sweeter and more delicious. I usually have a base of apple and pear and then a kick of lime or ginger. Then to make the juice even more magic, blend with half a ripe avocado and a teaspoon or two of superfood powder
Here’s my current favourite recipe…
2 x Golden Delicious Apples
1 x stick of celery
6 x sugersnap pea pods
1 large handful kale
1/2 a large cucumber
3cm raw ginger
With 1/2 a ripe avocado and your superfood powder of choice.
I need to make these while Frey isn’t watching, he now knows the sound of the juicer and blender and will shout ‘juice!’ and would drink the whole thing if I let him! I do let him have a small amount, he absolutely loves it.
I’ve been adding both the Super Greens Organic Powder and the Ashwaghanda Powder into my diet in daily juices for the last two weeks and I really do feel a lot healthier. I was suffering with incredibly dry skin on my face, always a sign for me that I could do with a boost of vitamins – and this has completely cleared up. Measuring my energy levels is quite difficult as a Mum to two very little people, I don’t get nearly enough sleep – but I’m finding my walks much easier than I was a few weeks ago, and my ‘to do’ list is easier to tackle too – I seem to be able to think more clearly despite being pretty sleep deprived!
Pop over to visit Indigo Herbs where you can buy these superfood powders along with so many other health boosting goodies. If you’re interested in more things to do with super ingredients then have a look at my ‘recipes’ category, full of delicious vegan recipes using the healthiest and most delicious ingredients. And come back next week when I’ll be sharing a new sweet treat too.
Disclosure – The superfood powders were sent to me for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.