Super proteins are an exciting new fusion of plant based protein powders and superfood powders. Superfoods are blended with protein powder to boost their nutritional offering and include items such as raw cacao and maca powder.
Raw cacao is widely recognised for the naturally occurring chemicals it contains which stimulate the happy centres in our brain. No other food in the world is known to contain as many mood- improving substances as cacao.
Maca, a Peruvian superfood is considered an ‘adaptogen’ as it works wonders for improving energy levels and helping us cope with the stressful demands of modern life. It has a positive effect on our hormonal system, helping to correct hormone imbalances in the body. Maca is also known as ‘nature’s viagra’ as it is best known for its aphrodisiac qualities. It is popular with athletes as it helps improve endurance and performance.
When super proteins are blended, the ingredients are cold-pressed and kept raw which retains essential organic compounds and they contain no refined sugars, artificial ingredients or allergens.
The race to refuel
Protein shakes are best consumed as soon as you have finished running. The sooner you can refuel, the sooner your body can be assisted in essential repair and recovery. Within 15 minutes would be ideal but anything up to one hour is a prime window of opportunity.
Plant-based protein powders are also useful at any time of day to boost overall protein intake and are particularly beneficial for vegans and vegetarians. You can make a breakfast smoothie more sustaining if super proteins are added. For example, a shake based on banana, almond milk and oats would be predominantly carbohydrate. With the addition of brown rice protein powder and chia seeds which contain essential fat, the meal becomes more balanced and the effect on blood sugar is more stable.