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Remember when you didn’t understand what all the fuss about smoothies was about? It used to be that smoothies and blenders were the purview of health nuts. Today, a breakfast smoothie is commonplace, everyone’s got a Vitamix and smoothie recipes abound all over the interwebs. But where to find the best smoothie ingredients? We have taken it upon ourselves to round up the best powders in town, from proteins to greens to superfoods, to get you through your morning, fuel your workout or just help you feel like you made at least one healthy choice today.
Artic Power Berries Arctic Midnight Sun Blueberry Powder
Hailing from Finland, aka the “Land of the Midnight Sun, ” each package of Arctic Midnight Sun Blueberry Powder has over 700 grams of fresh wild blueberries and is an ideal way to seriously boost your smoothie antioxidant count. Arctic Power powders are also raw, packed with fiber, and full of vitamins A, C, E and K. Not a blueberry fan? Choose from lingonberry, blackcurrant and cranberry- all super berries in their own right.
Arctic Midnight Sun Blueberry Powder, HKD 126 for 70 grams. Available via Nutri Alley.
Acai Brotherhood Powder
Acai Brotherhood was created by a twosome with a passion for martial arts, specifically Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), and a love for acai. One of the founders was raised in Brazil, where acai palm trees hails from, and when he discovered the Amazonian berry’s superpowers, he felt compelled to share it with his adopted hometown of Hong Kong. Acai Brotherhood Powder is freeze-dried, ensuring you get all the antioxidant goodness of these mighty berries along with lots fiber, a boatload of Vitamin C and a big ol’ energy boost- perfect for after a grueling BJJ session.
Acai Brotherhood Powder, HKD 350 for 250 grams. Order via Whatsapp +852 9332 4013 or email email@example.com.
Body Awakening TrueGreens Powder
It’s no secret that we are fans of Body Awakening and their super helpful home detox kits but did you know they also make a fantastic bio-fermented TrueGreens Powder? An ideal daily smoothie addition, this cleansing super blend features power greens spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass and alfalfa, plus mung beans, carrot and beetroot. It also contains eight different probiotics, is packed with antioxidants and is certified organic. Looking for something a little lighter? Go for Body Awakening’s 3Greens Powder made from barley grass, wheatgrass and alfalfa grass.
TrueGreens Powder, HKD 279 for 100 grams. Order via their website.
Clean Nutrition Co. Clean Protein
A great choice for people really looking to pump up their protein, Clean Nutrition Co.‘s Clean Protein contains both whey protein isolate as well as whey protein concentrate. depending on your preference. For all you non-whey aficionados out there, whey protein isolate is an even more concentrated form of whey protein concentrate with up to 90% pure protein content. Clean Nutrition’s whey is sourced from grass-fed New Zealand dairy products that are free from hormones and antibiotics, sweetened with stevia and monk fruit extract, and is available in three flavors: Vanilla, Natural and Cocoa.
Clean Protein, HKD 580 for 1 kg. Order via their website.
Moxo Living Protein Smoothie Blend Organic Berry Baobab
August 2016 Update: Moxo Living is no longer operational.
Hong Kong based Moxo Living’s mission is to provide nutritious smoothie blends that are healthy, organic and convenient. Their Organic Berry Baobab Smoothie Blend contains superfoods acai, maqui and baobab, as well as raw brown rice protein, hemp seeds, almonds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds. Talk about a complete meal! Not only are you getting a hit of plant-based protein, you are also getting a full range of vitamins, fatty acids, fiber and antioxidants. The blend is sweetened with stevia so no need to worry on the sugar front. They also offer other delicious flavours including Organic Cacao Powder, Organic Coconut Vanilla and Organic Nut-Free Caramel.
Baobab Protein Smoothie Blend, HKD 430 for 500 grams. Order via their website.
Island Supplements Grass-Fed Whey Protein Concentrate
January 2017: Island Supplements has been rebranded to Protelicious.
Another local original, Island Supplements makes all of their Whey Protein Concentrate products right here in Hong Kong using nothing but Australian grass-fed whey protein that is hormone and antibiotic-free. Not only are Island Supplements’s protein powders the city’s freshest (they make their products on demand), their label is the cleanest. The founder is committed to creating the purest protein out there. No artificial flavours, no fillers, no thickeners, no stabilizers…Just whey protein concentrate, stevia and top grade green tea powder or raw cacao powder depending on the flavour (they have three: Unflavoured, True Cocoa and Sencha Green aka Matcha).
Whey Protein Concentrate, HKD 400 for 1 kg. Order via their website.
Nutrigaya Bodhii Boost
Oh the power of moringa…Originally from India, this superfood from the leaves of the eponymous tree has been gaining popularity recently due to its wide range of health benefits. Moringa is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and even anti-fungal all while being high in protein, fiber and iron. Not to mention that it contains 46 different antioxidants. You can get your daily dose of this superfood from Hong Kong-based Nutrigaya‘s Bodhii Boost. The brand new company also stocks capsule supplements aimed at stress-reduction and liver support- both of which us hyper-busy Hong Kongers need in droves.
Bodhii Boost, HKD 474 for 300 grams. Order via their website.
Jack & Sparrow Barrel of Greens
January 2018 Update: Jack & Sparrow is no longer operational.
Jack & Sparrow‘s range of raw vegan powders are made in New Zealand, one of the few places on earth where the air is still pristine. Their certified organic Barrel of Greens is a brilliant blend of super-ingredients such as wheatgrass, barley grass, spirulina and chlorella, meaning it is chocka with vitamins, minerals and rich in chlorophyll- the perfect pre-work energy boost. Also on offer: their Blades of Grass wheatgrass powder and Bounty of Barley barley grass powder if you want to have a go at creating your own blend.
Barrel of Greens, HKD 229 for 100 grams. Find their stockist here.
NuZest Clean Lean Protein
Thanks to the rise of the plant-based movement, pea protein has been taking off this year and one of the best on the market is NuZest’s Clean Lean Protein. NuZest’s founders are a pair of Kiwis whose daughter was born with MS. They take their product development very seriously. Their vegan protein powder is a complete protein made from European golden peas and is free from soy, dairy and gluten, all while being incredibly easy for your body to digest. Clean Lean Protein is available in five flavors: Smooth Vanilla, Rich Chocolate, Wild Strawberry, Creamy Cappuccino and Just Natural. Also worth trying: NuZest’s green powder blends. They have Good Green Stuff for adults and Kids Good Stuff for the little ones.
Clean Lean Protein, HKD 395 for 500 grams. Order via their website.
SuperFood Lab Organic SuperMix Powder
Hong Kong’s SuperFood Lab offers a range of superfoods and smoothie mixes. We love their Organic SuperMix Powder, a powerful blend of brazil nut, mesquite, coconut sugar, lucuma, goji berries, acai berries and vanilla bean. You get lots of fiber and energy without a GI hit- it’s low calorie and certified organic to booth. If that’s not your jam, Superfood Lab has something for everyone from their SuperGreen pH to their SuperRed Antiox as well as superfood staples like Organic Acai Berry Powder, Organic Premium Maca Blend Powder and Wildcrafted Camu Camu Powder.
Organic SuperMix Powder, 350 grams HKD 299. Find their stockists here.