Supergreens powders are a great way to improve your diet and avoid vitamin and mineral deficiencies, they are easy to take, cheap to buy, and taste great. This article will take a look at what supergreens powders are and how to incorporate them into your diet.
We all know how important it is to get enough fruit and vegetables in our diet, but a 2018 study found that only 28% of adults managed to eat five portions per day, and just 18% of children. The mean average was just 3.7 portions per day. The scary part is that the five per day target is known to be less than ideal, the real target should be seven per day!
This means that the average person in the UK is only just getting half of their recommended intake of fruit and vegetables each day. With many getting even less than that. Greens powders have been around a while, and they are designed to lighten the load.
It is important to point out that greens powders are not designed to replace fruit and vegetables. Your goal should still be to hit 7 portions per day. But if you know that you won’t manage it then taking a greens supplement is a good compromise.
Supergreens is a Protein Works product that is made from spirulina, alfalfa, moringa, and kelp. There are other ingredients too such as spinach, broccoli, beetroot, matcha green tea, and chlorella. The idea is to provide a variety of “super” foods and combine them into one shake.
Unlike greens supplements from the early 00s, Supergreens has been designed to actually taste nice, so no more pinching your nose and thinking of England.
The main benefit of supergreens powders is that they can provide you with the vitamins and minerals you require to function at 100% capacity. No, they are not going to be as effective as eating 7 fruits and vegetables per day, but if you are currently struggling to hit 4 portions per day, then the difference could be huge.
They are easy to prepare, cheap to buy, and a great way to get your day off to the perfect start. Another benefit is that drinking a full shaker of supergreens powder will also help you to stay hydrated. Supergreens also helps you to increase the diversity of the vegetables you consume. Most people never eat alfalfa or kale, and this gives you a portion of them each day.
Other than that, all of the benefits that you gain from drinking your supergreens shake are the benefits that you get from hitting your vitamin and mineral targets for the day. Better health, a reduced risk of certain cancers and diseases, better digestion, more energy during the day. You get the idea.
If you are an athlete, then your vitamin and mineral requirements will be higher than the average person. Meaning that you could be hitting your seven portions per day and still be deficient. In which case, a supergreens powder is a great idea.
You really want to be consuming two servings of supergreens shake each day. A serving is 3 scoops of powder (9g) served with water or fruit juice. If you are really good at getting fruit and vegetables into your diet you may want to just have one serving.
Let’s say that you are having two servings per day. You probably want to separate these servings so that you don’t end up drinking 2 pints of water in one go. Having one serving as soon as you get up in the morning is a pretty good way to set yourself up for the rest of the day.
Many of us wake up thirsty, so why not have the water ready in a shaker beside your bed and then add in your three scoops of powder? Then you can have a second serving with your lunch or mid-afternoon. After that you’ve almost hit your hydration target for the day.
Ensure that you get some fruit or veg with each meal and then all of a sudden, you’ve hit your target for the day.
Supergreens are not designed to replace fruit and vegetables and have never been marketed as such. So those who complain about this have missed the point. If you are getting all of your vitamins and minerals each day through fruit and vegetables, then you don’t need a supergreens powder. But be honest with yourself, have you managed that every day this week? If not, then supergreens powders are a great way to “top up”.
Just ensure that you don’t ease up on the fruit and vegetables and you will be fine.