10 Healthy Smoothie Powders That Are Actually Worth Trying

It's no secret that we could all be down with a little more energy during the day, glowier skin, or a better night's sleep. But in the spirit of searching for the secret sauce of healthy living, it's not always super clear how to find the best wellness supplements to fit your lifestyle and nutritional needs. Add in the fact that many powders and mix-ins are commonly spun as beauty boosters rather than ingestible foods (not to mention, exempt from FDA approval), and you've got a recipe for...well, it's not always easy to be sure.

You already know that what you eat can impact everything from acne to mood, and while supplement powders can be a great addition to your diet, it's key that you know exactly what you're getting. A good rule of thumb is to avoid anything with additional sweeteners, additives, and ingredients you can't pronounce. "What we put into our bodies shows on the outside," Rachel Harvest, MS RDN CDN, a New York City-based dietician and lifestyle coach tells Refinery29. "Ashwaghanda and rhodiola are excellent support [ingredients], but it is important to know that, like any supplement, medication or food, some bodies handle them well and others do not. There really is no one- size fits all diet or dietary supplement regimen." If you're on the fence about a brand or ingredient, don't hesitate to consult a dietician or doctor before integrating it into your diet.

However, as the experts will tell you, adding a smoothie or powder supplement to your diet can be a great on-the-go breakfast or mid-day snack. That said, it's not a fast-track to skipping (real) fruits and veggies "I am all for getting as much nutritional bang out of every sip as possible, and often suggest smoothies as a between meal snack or on-the-go breakfast," Harvest explains, adding that "whole, organic fruits and vegetables, healthy, plant-based fats and non-dairy milk" are all amazing foods that have anti-inflammatory benefits. Bottom line? Supplement powders can be great, but nothing will ever beat the real thing: "Choose whole foods first, and use these additional products sparingly, and as needed, on a very individual basis," Mendez adds.

Another important aspect of the supplement universe is the pricing; while there are many brands creating mix-ins at a variety of price points, other powders can easily run you $80 or more. "Although convenient, [powder supplements] are costly compared to choosing a whole food option," Stefanie Mendez, MS RD CDN points out. Her simple solve is to go the DIY route: Make your own green smoothie with ingredients like kale, apples, pineapple, carrots, and almond milk, and save the powder formulas for when you're in a hurry. "You’ll get 100% of the vitamins and nutrients, feel more full from the added fiber and have the peace of mind of knowing what’s going into your body," Mendez says.

"A supplement at the end of the day is just that: a supplement," she adds. "One of the most common questions I receive in my practice is, 'Am I getting the right nutrition for my body?' Adequate nutrition depends on the individual, so pursuing more customized and tailored approaches to nutrition is something I applaud." So while making conscious choices to be healthier is a good thing, don't let it exist in a silo; get your friends together for hip-hop yoga class. Get crazy and experiment with superfoods in the kitchen. But for those crunch-time mornings, these ten smoothie powders are a healthy sub-in to sugary cereals or skipping meals.

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<h3>M <strong>ē</strong> le Plant-Based 3-Pack Starter</h3><p>"We’re all about back to the basics [in terms of ingredients], and we wanted clean labeling so the consumer will know exactly what they’re getting," Mēle (pronounced "meal") co-founder Elise Tresley tells <em>Refinery29</em>. The whey- and plant-based smoothie powders — available in three flavors — are nutritious, affordable, and <em>actually</em> yummy. Best of all, the mission-driven business regularly donates to the <a href="https://www.foodbanknyc.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Food Bank for NYC" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Food Bank for NYC</a>, the city’s largest hunger-relief organization.</p><br><br><strong>Mēle</strong> PLANT-BASED 3-pack starter, $15, available at <a href="https://www.meleshake.com/collections/plant-based/products/mele-plant-based-starter" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mēle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mēle</a>

M ē le Plant-Based 3-Pack Starter

"We’re all about back to the basics [in terms of ingredients], and we wanted clean labeling so the consumer will know exactly what they’re getting," Mēle (pronounced "meal") co-founder Elise Tresley tells Refinery29. The whey- and plant-based smoothie powders — available in three flavors — are nutritious, affordable, and actually yummy. Best of all, the mission-driven business regularly donates to the Food Bank for NYC, the city’s largest hunger-relief organization.



Mēle PLANT-BASED 3-pack starter, $15, available at Mēle
<h3>Love Beets Beet Powder</h3><p>A powder made of 100% ground beets is an easy way to know exactly what you're getting. Plus, the naturally ruby-red veggie is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, making them a great sleeper addition to any smoothie.</p><br><br><strong>Love Beets</strong> Beet Powder, $14.99, available at <a href="https://thrivemarket.com/p/love-beets-beet-powder" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Thrive Market" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Thrive Market</a>

Love Beets Beet Powder

A powder made of 100% ground beets is an easy way to know exactly what you're getting. Plus, the naturally ruby-red veggie is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, making them a great sleeper addition to any smoothie.



Love Beets Beet Powder, $14.99, available at Thrive Market
<h3>Thrive Market Spirulina Powder</h3><p><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/algae-superfood-eating-clean" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Spirulina" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Spirulina</a> is more than a word that's fun to say. The teal-colored <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/algae-superfood-eating-clean" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:algae" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">algae</a> is chock full of amino acids, chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, and vitamins A, E, and B-12 to help nourish your skin and body. (FYI, sneak it into an extra flavorful smoothie if you don't love the taste.)</p><br><br><strong>Thrive Market</strong> Spirulina Powder, $12.99, available at <a href="https://thrivemarket.com/p/thrive-market-spirulina-powder" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Thrive Market" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Thrive Market</a>

Thrive Market Spirulina Powder

Spirulina is more than a word that's fun to say. The teal-colored algae is chock full of amino acids, chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, and vitamins A, E, and B-12 to help nourish your skin and body. (FYI, sneak it into an extra flavorful smoothie if you don't love the taste.)



Thrive Market Spirulina Powder, $12.99, available at Thrive Market
<h3>Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee Mix</h3><p>Believe it or not, Lion's Mane has nothing to do with <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/11/217633/lion-king-live-action-trailer" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Simba and squad" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Simba and squad</a>, and is actually a type of nutritious mushroom. Amp up your morning cup of joe with Four Sigmatic's organic and fair-roasted coffee blend, made with immune system-supporting Chaga mushrooms and adaptogenic wild rhodiola root.</p><br><br><strong>Four Sigmatic</strong> Mushroom Ground Coffee Mix, $21.49, available at <a href="https://thrivemarket.com/p/four-sigmatic-organic-mushroom-ground-coffee-mix-with-lions-mane-chaga" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Thrive Market" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Thrive Market</a>

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee Mix

Believe it or not, Lion's Mane has nothing to do with Simba and squad, and is actually a type of nutritious mushroom. Amp up your morning cup of joe with Four Sigmatic's organic and fair-roasted coffee blend, made with immune system-supporting Chaga mushrooms and adaptogenic wild rhodiola root.



Four Sigmatic Mushroom Ground Coffee Mix, $21.49, available at Thrive Market
<h3>Sun Potion Yin Power</h3><p>"When choosing powders and supplements, you want to look for well-researched brands that provide sourcing information," Harvest recommends clients. "When it comes to stress, ashwaghanda and rhodiola are excellent. The adaptogen herbs and mushrooms in this blend support healthy menstrual cycles, balance mood, help us adapt to stressors, remain calm, balanced and focused and promote a healthy glow."</p><br><br><strong>Sun Potion</strong> Yin Power, $115, available at <a href="https://www.thedetoxmarket.com/products/yin-power-organic-wild-harvested-tonic-herbal-formula-for-women-and-men" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Detox Market" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Detox Market</a>

Sun Potion Yin Power

"When choosing powders and supplements, you want to look for well-researched brands that provide sourcing information," Harvest recommends clients. "When it comes to stress, ashwaghanda and rhodiola are excellent. The adaptogen herbs and mushrooms in this blend support healthy menstrual cycles, balance mood, help us adapt to stressors, remain calm, balanced and focused and promote a healthy glow."



Sun Potion Yin Power, $115, available at The Detox Market
<h3>Olly Plant Powered Vegan Protein Mix</h3><p>You might already know and love their fun (not to mention yummy AF) gummy vitamins, but Olly's plant-based smoothie powders are another way to get your protein and omega-3 fix.</p><br><br><strong>Olly</strong> Plant Powered Vegan Protein Mix - Vanilla, $19.99, available at <a href="https://www.target.com/p/olly-plant-powered-vegan-protein-mix-vanilla-13oz/-/A-51487973" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target.com</a>

Olly Plant Powered Vegan Protein Mix

You might already know and love their fun (not to mention yummy AF) gummy vitamins, but Olly's plant-based smoothie powders are another way to get your protein and omega-3 fix.



Olly Plant Powered Vegan Protein Mix - Vanilla, $19.99, available at Target.com
<h3>The Nue Co. Debloat Food & Prebiotic</h3><p>In addition to being the chicest addition to your pantry, The Nue Co.'s prebiotic powder is a saving grace for anyone dealing with irregularity or bloating. Made from a blend of organic ginger, turmeric, maqui fruit, and cinnamon (which act as natural digestive enzymes) plus inulin (a prebiotic derived from organic artichoke), this powder is also free from fillers, artificial flavorings, colorings, and sweeteners.</p><br><br><strong>The Nue Co.</strong> Debloat Food & Prebiotic, $75, available at <a href="https://www.violetgrey.com/product/debloat-food-prebiotic/NUE-6360003" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Violet Grey" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Violet Grey</a>

The Nue Co. Debloat Food & Prebiotic

In addition to being the chicest addition to your pantry, The Nue Co.'s prebiotic powder is a saving grace for anyone dealing with irregularity or bloating. Made from a blend of organic ginger, turmeric, maqui fruit, and cinnamon (which act as natural digestive enzymes) plus inulin (a prebiotic derived from organic artichoke), this powder is also free from fillers, artificial flavorings, colorings, and sweeteners.



The Nue Co. Debloat Food & Prebiotic, $75, available at Violet Grey
<h3>Moon Juice Cosmic Cocoa</h3><p>Who doesn't love cozying up with a warm cup of hot chocolate? Moon Juice's feel-good version features a base cacao powder with goji berry, reishi mushroom extract, and ashwagandha root and leaf extract. (Add it to coffee for an extra treat.)</p><br><br><strong>Moon Juice</strong> Cosmic Cocoa, $30, available at <a href="https://www.thedetoxmarket.com/collections/wellness/products/cosmic-cocoa" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Detox Market" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Detox Market</a>

Moon Juice Cosmic Cocoa

Who doesn't love cozying up with a warm cup of hot chocolate? Moon Juice's feel-good version features a base cacao powder with goji berry, reishi mushroom extract, and ashwagandha root and leaf extract. (Add it to coffee for an extra treat.)



Moon Juice Cosmic Cocoa, $30, available at The Detox Market
<h3>The Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Powder</h3><p>Not only does this bio-fermented smoothie powder taste like berries, it helps nourish your gut and skin with probiotics and a laundry list of real-food ingredients like maqui berry, mung beans, queen garnet plum, green tea, turmeric, chia seeds, and buckwheat.</p><br><br><strong>The Beauty Chef</strong> Glow Inner Beauty Powder, $70, available at <a href="https://www.thedetoxmarket.com/products/the-beauty-chef-glow-inner-beauty-powder" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Detox Market" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Detox Market</a>

The Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Powder

Not only does this bio-fermented smoothie powder taste like berries, it helps nourish your gut and skin with probiotics and a laundry list of real-food ingredients like maqui berry, mung beans, queen garnet plum, green tea, turmeric, chia seeds, and buckwheat.



The Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Powder, $70, available at The Detox Market
<h3>WelleCo The Super Elixir</h3><p>Formulated in partnership with a nutritionist, this luxe green powder contains 45 bio-live wholefood ingredients like wheatgrass, spinach, goji berry, turmeric, pomegranate, shitake and maitake mushrooms, açai, and more.</p><br><br><strong>The Super Elixir</strong> Super Elixir Greens, $135, available at <a href="https://www.thedetoxmarket.com/collections/wellness/products/the-super-elixir-alkalising-formula" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Detox Market" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Detox Market</a>

WelleCo The Super Elixir

Formulated in partnership with a nutritionist, this luxe green powder contains 45 bio-live wholefood ingredients like wheatgrass, spinach, goji berry, turmeric, pomegranate, shitake and maitake mushrooms, açai, and more.



The Super Elixir Super Elixir Greens, $135, available at The Detox Market

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