‘Superfoods’ is a term used to describe a food or drink that is highly nutritious. However, there is no set legal definition that distinguishes them from other types of food. Superfoods are an excellent source of all major nutrients (antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals) required to function properly and boost the overall quality of health. But, how can one use superfoods to kick their nutrition back into high gear this summer? In this post, we will discuss how you can add superfoods to your sports supplements. Let’s cut to the chase, shall we?
1. Maca Powder
Maca powder is a superfood that has coffee-like properties. It provides instant energy and improves overall vitality. It is an excellent mood-enhancer that facilitates mental clarity. Maca powder reduces the symptoms of menopause, increases thyroid function, boosts fertility, and promotes hair growth.
Since it controls appetite and cravings, one can consume it to keep their body weight in check. We suggest you try adding one teaspoon of maca powder to your protein shake or smoothie every day and observe your mood at least for a week. Begin with small doses and increase your intake if you get positive results.
2. Goji Berry Powder
Native to Asia and commonly found in traditional Chinese medicines, Goji berries are power-packed with nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins, iron, zinc, and tons of fibers to keep your body’s energy level in check. Athletes would love goji berry powder as it increases stamina and endurance, improves recovery by reducing muscle soreness, and boosts energy levels for a long time.
Regular goji berry intake can lower your stress levels and improve sleep quality. We suggest you add one tablespoon of goji berry powder to your protein shake to reap the significant health benefits. You may also add dried goji berries to your afternoon snacks and make them healthier. Goji berries have a subtle fruity flavor that will give your sports supplement a new taste.
Talking about nutrient-dense superfoods, we have spirulina which is essentially a blue-green algae containing all amino acids and protein. Spirulina is known for providing 26 times higher calcium than milk! It is a perfect addition to your sports supplement since it is an excellent source of fiber, omega-3s, iron, vitamin B, and antioxidants.
Spirulina has the potential to decrease appetite, increase calorie burn, improve digestion, and increase lean muscle mass. It acts as a daily multivitamin and can improve your overall vitality and energy levels. Since it has a distinct taste, we recommend mixing just half a tablespoon of spirulina in your protein shake. Once accustomed, you may increase the intake to one or two tablespoons.
4. Cacao Powder
Cacao, cocoa, or chocolate – this superfood might have quite a few names, but it has some of the best health benefits to offer. Cacao powder is a stress reliever and enhances the mood for a long period. It can stimulate digestion, reduce cravings, and keep your body weight in check.
Cacao powder triggers the body to utilize fat as energy and stops the body from storing excess fat. It keeps the stomach full and suppresses your appetite due to its high fiber content. We suggest you begin with half a tablespoon of cacao powder to reap its massive health benefits. Make sure you document your progress and track the changes in health.
5. Collagen Peptides
The most common protein found in the body, Collagen, is popular for its anti-aging properties. It significantly increases skin elasticity and decreases stretch mark visibility. Say goodbye to wrinkles, inflammation, and joint pains. Collagen reduces the appearance of cellulite and improves digestion.
We suggest you use one to two tablespoons of collagen peptides while increasing your daily protein intake by 10-20 grams. Although it tastes neutral, the addition of collagen peptides will give your protein shake a thicker texture. Again, document your progress for a week to figure out if you can bump up your collagen peptide intake.