Traditionally drunk as a tea, matcha is a powder made from ground green tea leaves. It’s also great in smoothies, has six times more antioxidants than the much-hailed goji berry and nine times the beta-carotene levels of spinach.
Raw cacao powder is produced by grinding cacao beans, then separating the solids from the oils and grinding the solids again. It’s high in iron and contains theobromine, a mood enhancer.
Hemp offers an excellent non-animal source of protein. Sprinkle it into a post-workout smoothie to kick-start muscle repair. Hemp also contains omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and has a mild, nutty taste.
Flaxseed is one of the best non-seafood-derived sources of omega-3 fatty acids (great for fighting inflammation and they’ve been shown to help reduce cholesterol). It’s also high in soluble fibre, which helps digestion.
This powdered root has long been considered a super-food in its native Peru. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals, including calcium and iron. A known energy booster, it’s becoming popular with endurance athletes. Maca adds a toasted-nut flavour.
Derived from fresh or seawater algae, spirulina is a concentrated source of nutrients, including antioxidants, calcium, iron, phosphorous and B vitamins. It also contains all the essential amino acids. Combine with fruit to balance out the fishy flavour.