Phase Two of the Smoothie Craze Has Arrived

You favorite supplements—now available in powder form

Mar 17, 2015
Outside Magazine
alohas daily good greens megafood daily turmeric arctic power blueberry powder health kismet purple dragon nuun all day hydration neogenis sport beetelite

Potent powders. Clockwise from top left: Nuun All Day Hydration, Health Kismet Purple Dragon, Aloha Daily Good Greens, Neogenis Sport BeetElite, Arctic Power Berries Blueberry Powder, and MegaFood Daily Turmeric Nutrient Booster Powder.    Photo: Hannah McCaughey

These powders are packed with nutrient-dense fruits and veggies, vitamins, and minerals, but don't think of them as replacements for the real thing. Instead, they'll give a potent boost to your morning or post-workout beverage. Even better, they're entirely portable and don't taste half bad.

1. Nuun’s All Day ­Hydration ($30 for 60 servings) adds vitamins A through E to your water, and not a single gram of sugar.

2. The raisins, eggplant, and other fruits and veggies that make up Health ­Kismet’s Purple Dragon ($40 for 30 servings) are high in antho­cy­anins, which con­trol blood-sugar levels and ­assist cognitive function.

3. Just because you’re ­traveling doesn’t mean you have to downgrade your diet. Aloha’s Daily Good Greens ($19 for six servings) contains two helpings of fruits and vegetables, including moringa, one of the planet’s most nutri­ent-dense foods, and spirulina for your protein fix.

4. Studies have shown that the nitric oxide in beets can increase stamina during ­exercise. But eating enough of them on race day? No fun. Neogenis Sport BeetElite ($30 for ten servings) promises the boost without the GI distress; each packet contains the nutrients of six beets.

5. Why eat blueberries in ­powder form? Because they don’t pack well and they’re expensive when they aren’t in season. Arctic Power ­Berries Blueberry Powder ($12 for ten servings) crushes more than a pound of them into each 50-gram bag.

6. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, thanks to the antioxidant curcumin, which blocks the molecules related to chronic swelling. MegaFood’s Daily Turmeric ­Nutrient Booster Powder ($20 for 30 servings) mixes easily into a smoothie and doesn’t make it taste like, well, turmeric.

Get Yours Custom-Made: WellPath ($65 per month) is like a bespoke tailor. The company determines your specific deficiencies via an exhaustive questionnaire, then mixes up a special batch and mails it to you. The nutrition label can get encyclopedic, but the powder comes in simple chocolate or vanilla.

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