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Fruit Powders: Your New Secret Ingredient

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What are Fruit Powders?

Fruit powders are a convenient and nutritious addition to any kitchen. Essentially, they are fresh fruits that have been dried and pulverized into a fine powder. This process typically involves freeze-drying or dehydrating the fruits to remove their water content, while preserving the maximum amount of nutrients and flavour. The result is a concentrated fruit product, packed with the same vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants as the original fruit, but in a form that’s easy to store and versatile in its use.

Not just for the health-conscious, fruit powders have long been used by pastry chefs and chocolatiers for their bright colours and concentrated flavours.

How are Fruit Powders Made?

The process of making fruit powders involves a few crucial steps. Initially, high-quality, ripe fruits are selected and thoroughly cleaned. After that, they are sliced into thin pieces to ensure even drying. The fruit slices are then subjected to a drying process, commonly freeze-drying or dehydration.

In freeze-drying, the fruit slices are frozen and then placed in a vacuum chamber to eliminate the ice content by sublimation. Dehydration involves circulating hot, dry air around the fruits to remove their water content. Both methods help to retain the nutritional value and natural colour of the fruits, yet dehydration is considered to be the superior of the two. Finally, the dried fruit pieces are ground into a fine powder using a pulverizer. This fruit powder is then packaged and ready for use.

Boost Nutrients fruit powders

Our Boost Nutrients fruit powders are made from slowly dehydrated pureed fruit, for the maximum retention of nutrients, colour and flavour. We do our best to source only Australian produce where possible, and preferably organic or pesticide-free.

Is dehydrated fruit powder healthy?

Yes, dehydrated fruit powder is indeed healthy. The dehydration process aims to eliminate water while preserving the nutritional content of the fruit. This means that the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in the original fruit are retained in the powdered version. In fact, since powdered fruit is more concentrated, a small serving can provide a significant amount of these nutrients. However, it’s important to note that while fruit powders are a convenient and versatile way to boost your nutrient intake, they shouldn’t replace whole fruits in your diet. Whole fruits offer dietary fibre and more volatile nutrients that may be lost during the drying process. Therefore, use fruit powders as a supplement to a balanced diet rich in whole fruits.

How long does dehydrated fruit powder last?

Dehydrated fruit powder can last for a long time if stored correctly. Generally, it can stay fresh and retain its nutritional content for up to a year. It’s crucial to store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, and to keep it sealed in an airtight container to prevent moisture absorption. Despite its long shelf life, it’s always a good idea to check for changes in colour, smell, and texture as these may indicate that the fruit powder is no longer in optimal condition.

The Benefits of Using Fruit Powders

Fruit powders offer several benefits that make them an excellent addition to your nutritional regiment:

Convenience: You can easily incorporate into a variety of meals, drinks, and snacks. They’re lightweight, easy to transport, and don’t require refrigeration, making them the perfect solution to your busy schedule.

Long Shelf Life: As mentioned earlier, fruit powders can last for up to a year when stored correctly, so you can enjoy their nutritional benefits long after fresh fruits would have gone in the bin.

High in Nutrients: Fruit powders are concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This makes them a potent supplement for boosting your daily nutrient intake.

Low in Calories: Most fruit powders are low in calories, making them an excellent choice for those watching their calorie intake.

Versatility: Fruit powders can be used in a wide variety of recipes. They can add a nutritional punch and exciting flavours to smoothies, baked goods, sauces, salad dressings, and much more.

Remember, while fruit powders can supplement a healthy diet, they are not meant to replace whole fruits, which provide essential dietary fibre and other nutrients.

Different Types of Fruit Powders

Most fruit can be dehydrated to make into powder, yet some popular types are a particularly versatile addition to your pantry.

Here are some of the most popular types of fruit powders:

Banana Powder

Just like fresh bananas, banana powder is equally at home as a sweet slightly neutral base for other flavours or as the star of the show.

Try our Boost Nutrients organic banana powder

Berry Powder

This powder is packed with vitamin C, adding a tangy-sweet flavour and beautiful colour to your food. It goes really well with chocolate or cacao.

Our Boost Nutrients berry powder is made from only Australian berries

Mango Powder

Not to be confused with the Indian amchur which is a traditional souring agent, our mango powder has all the sweet goodness and flavour of ripe Australian mangoes.

Try our Boost Nutrients mango powder made with Australian mangoes

Goji Berry Powder

Highly nutritious, goji powder is a beautiful colour and a convenient versatile way to harness the nutritional power of goji berries.

Try our Boost Nutrients goji berry powder

Sometimes you come across a fruit powder that you wouldn’t have thought of, and have never seen before. Like our must-try super fruity organic peach powder.

Remember, each type of fruit powder carries its own unique nutritional profile and therefore serves different dietary purposes. Experiment with a combination of different fruit powders to discover which ones best suit your taste and nutritional needs!

Ways to use dehydrated fruit powders

  1. Smoothies:

    Add a spoonful of your favourite fruit powder to your smoothie for an extra burst of flavour and nutrients. Try mixing different powders to create your own easy-to-use blends.

  2. Baking:

    Fruit powders work great in baked goods. They can be used to add flavour and colour to cookies, muffins, cakes, and bread.

  3. Yogurt and Cereal:

    Sprinkle some on your morning yogurt or cereal for a fruity twist.

  4. Pancake and Waffle Batter:

    Mix some fruit powder into your pancake or waffle batter to make breakfast more exciting.

  5. Salad Dressings:

    Use fruit powders to make your own salad dressings. They can add a lovely sweetness and tang to your salads.

  6. Teas and Lemonades:

    Stir a little fruit powder into your tea or lemonade for a unique taste.

  7. Homemade Ice Cream:

    Use fruit powders to add flavour and colour to homemade ice cream, or even to liven up a store-bought vanilla!

  8. Energy Bars and Balls:

    Incorporate fruit powders into homemade energy bars or balls for natural sweetness and added nutritional kick.

  9. Marinades and Rubs:

    Certain fruit powders, like pineapple or mango, can be excellent in marinades or rubs for meat. They not only add a pleasing acidity but contain enzymes that tenderise the meat.

Remember, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination! Experiment with different powders and recipes to discover your favourite combinations and expand your kitchen repertoire.

Find out more about the power of superfood powders in our guide.

Explore our full range of fruit powders and store cupboard superfoods that you didn’t know you couldn’t live without.

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Make the Perfect Healthy Smoothie: What to Include and Why

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Smoothies are more than just a popular trend; they’re a fantastic way to pack a wealth of nutrition into a delicious, convenient meal. Perfect for on-the-go breakfasts or nutrient-packed snacks, a healthy smoothie can be tailored to suit any taste or dietary requirement.

Whether you’re a smoothie pro looking for new ideas, or you’re just beginning your journey into the world of blended meals, this guide is here to help. We’ll explore the key ingredients for a healthy smoothie, take a look at some of the benefits they offer, and share some ideas for smoothie combinations.

Blenders at the ready, it’s time to start making the perfect healthy smoothie!

The Key Ingredients for a Healthy Smoothie

Before we look at some specific ingredients, let’s quickly consider the anatomy of a smoothie because there is one very important component that is easy to overlook. That’s right; liquid. Without liquid, your smoothie is going nowhere.

What liquid is best for making a smoothie?

A smoothie doesn’t really need a lot of liquid. The liquid has two parts to play. It helps give the desired consistency, but it also helps keep things moving in the blender. If you have ever tried to blend something like frozen banana chunks in a personal blender just to have the blades spin and the motor burn, then you know exactly what we are talking about.

The best liquid for making a smoothie largely depends on your personal preference and nutritional goals. the main question is whether you do dairy or you don’t.

Water is a simple addition that can keep the flavours clean without the addition of extra calories (or nutrients).

Milk (including non-dairy versions like almond, soy, or oat milk) adds a creamy texture and can contribute additional protein and nutrients.

Coconut water is a refreshing choice that can help to hydrate and replenish electrolytes after a workout.

Fruit juice can add sweetness, acidity and an extra dimension of flavour as well as vitamins and minerals.

Remember, the key is to choose a liquid base that complements your other ingredients and aligns with your health objectives. Just be mindful of added sugars in some milk alternatives and fruit juices. Now we have the liquid part covered, let’s look at the other key ingredients in a healthy smoothie.

What are the best ingredients to put in a smoothie?

Fruits and berries

These are fundamentally the heart and soul of any good smoothie. They provide natural sweetness, vibrant colours, and a variety of textures. More importantly, they are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that promote a healthy body and mind. Whether fresh frozen, or powdered the possibilities are endless, allowing you to mix and match to create your perfect blend.


They may not be quite as appealing as fruit but they are loaded with fibre, which aids digestion, and are rich in vitamins and minerals. They also offer particular plant nutrients that you won’t find in fruit, and of course, contain less sugar. Leafy greens like spinach or kale are a popular choice, but don’t shy away from adding other veggies like cucumber, carrot, or even beets for a refreshing twist.


Crucial for a balanced smoothie, proteins provide substantial satiety and aid muscle recovery, particularly after exercise. There are many ingredients you can add to a smoothie to boost the protein content. Here are just a few.

  • Protein Powder: If you’re really looking to ramp up your protein intake, consider adding a scoop or two of protein powder. There are many options out there, including plant-based varieties like pea or hemp protein.
  • Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt not only provides a hefty dose of protein but also contributes a creamy texture to your smoothie.
  • Nut Butter: Whether it’s peanut, almond, or cashew, nut butter can add a delicious, protein-filled punch to your smoothie.
  • Chia Seeds: These little seeds are not only a good source of protein but also packed with essential omega-3 fatty acids.

Healthy Fats

These are another vital component of a balanced smoothie. Here are some great ingredients you can add to your smoothie for a healthy fat boost. Many of them also include protein so you get two for the price of one, so to speak. Nuts and seeds are excellent examples of ingredients that provide a cross-spectrum of valuable nutrients. You may find our article on super seeds useful.

  • Avocado: This creamy fruit is high in monounsaturated fats, which can help to reduce bad cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease.
  • Flaxseeds: As well as protein, flaxseeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Chia seeds: Chia seeds are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Hemp seeds: These little seeds are rich in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and they’re also a great plant-based protein source.
  • Coconut oil: It’s high in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), a type of fat that your body can absorb and use quickly.
  • Almond butter: Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats, and also provide a good dose of vitamin E. Choose an almond butter with no added sugars or oils for the healthiest option.
  • Walnuts: Walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to reduce inflammation. They’re also rich in antioxidants.

Powdered Superfoods for a Superfood Smoothie

Most of the ingredients we have already talked about can be considered superfoods in their own right. Yet as powdered superfoods become more and more available, they deserve a special mention. Not only can they provide a super nutritional boost to your smoothies, but they are easy to blend and have the added benefit of a longer shelf life than fresh produce. You can find out more in our guide to superfood powders.

Fruit powders

These can be used instead of or alongside fresh fruit. Use them to target specific nutrients, or to create interesting flavour combinations. Plus, they are super easy to use.

Explore our range of fruit powders

Greens powders

These are a really good way to add the nutritional benefits of vegetables, without altering the flavour profile of your smoothie too much. And not just greens, consider adding beetroot or carrot powders too.

Explore our range of vegetable powders

Protein powders

These got a mention before, but they are an excellent way to boost the protein power of your smoothie.

Explore our range of protein powders

Superfood powders

These include all of the above yet there are some other ingredients that can give you an extra boost, such as cacao or maca powder.

Here’s some other smoothie ingredients you may like

And finally, here’s a bunch of ideas (see what we did there) for healthy smoothies.

Some of our Favourite Healthy Breakfast Smoothies

When it comes to healthy breakfast smoothies you want something that will fill you up and keep you going throughout the morning, and possibly even well into the afternoon. Oats are great, as is an extra protein boost as well as some healthy fats.

Banana Coffee Kick-starter: A smoothie perfect for those who want an early morning energy boost. Blend bananas with a shot of espresso, a splash of almond milk, and a scoop of vanilla protein powder.

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie: Capturing the flavours of a blueberry muffin, this smoothie includes blueberries, oats, almond milk, and a dash of vanilla extract. Sweeten with a little honey if desired.

Carrot Cake Smoothie: Create this dessert-like smoothie with fresh carrots, banana, almond milk, a touch of cinnamon, and a spoonful of vanilla protein powder. Top with walnuts for a crunchy finish.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie: For a hearty breakfast, blend oats, peanut butter, banana, and your choice of milk. This smoothie will keep you full and energized all morning.

Banana Oatmeal Smoothie: Ideal for a filling breakfast, this smoothie includes bananas, oats, and almond milk. A drizzle of honey will add a hint of sweetness.

Green Tea Smoothie: This smoothie combines the health benefits of green tea and spinach. Blend these with bananas and honey for a deliciously sweet and healthy drink.

More Banana Smoothie Ideas

Banana is the ideal base for any smoothie, with its sweet taste and creamy texture. There’s no wonder it is the most popular smoothie ingredient out there.

Tropical Banana Smoothie: Transport yourself to the tropics with this blend of banana, pineapple, and coconut milk. Add a squeeze of lime for a tangy twist.

Cinnamon Banana Smoothie: This smoothie is like a drinkable banana bread. Blend bananas with a touch of cinnamon, a dash of vanilla extract, and almond milk.

Banana Chocolate Smoothie: A healthy yet indulgent option, blend bananas with cacao powder and almond milk. Add a scoop of chocolate protein powder for extra protein.

More Green Smoothie Ideas

There’s no need to be scared of a green smoothie. When combined with clever ingredients, you won’t encounter the dreaded green sludge.

Green Goddess Smoothie: This smoothie is packed with nutrients from avocado, spinach, green apple, and almond milk. Sprinkle with chia seeds for a boost of fibre.

Zesty Green Smoothie: Blend lime, spinach, cucumber, and coconut water for a refreshing and zesty green smoothie that’s perfect for summer.

Minty Fresh Green Smoothie: Blend spinach, mint leaves, green apple, and almond milk for a refreshingly minty green smoothie. Add a dollop of yogurt for added creaminess.

More Peanut Butter Smoothie Ideas

Everybody loves peanut butter but don’t forget you can switch out any nut butter you like.

PB&J Smoothie: For a twist on a classic, blend together strawberries (or any of your favourite berries), peanut butter, and milk.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie: For a dessert-like option, blend natural peanut butter, banana, cacao powder, and your choice of milk.

Peanut Butter Berry Smoothie: Blend your favourite mixed berries, natural peanut butter, and almond milk for a fruity and nutty delight.

There you have it, an array of smoothie ideas that are as delicious as they are nutritious. Whether you’re a fan of fruity flavours, a green machine, or a peanut butter lover, there’s sure to be a smoothie for you. A healthy breakfast smoothie will set you up for the day, but smoothies are a usual addition to your nutritional arsenal any time of day.

Don’t forget to explore our full range of smoothie ingredients, available to order online right now. There’s even a bulk buy option for some great savings.

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Nutrition Pills! Why eat all those capsule cases?

There seems to be a new fad in eating nutrients in the form of nutrition pill capsules. I am not just talking about supplements that are made up multiple concoctions and mixes with interesting health claims. I am talking about simple ingredient products like fruit or vegetable powders. The internet has multiple actors pushing them. Probably as commission agents.

Their pitch asks us to blindly assume that the convenience of a pill is the only thing. Whereas these days you can buy powdered fruit and vegetable products in separate re-sealable packs and have them conveniently stored in your pantry. They are cheaper than the pills (less processing and packaging). You can see what you are eating. You still enjoy the convenience of not carrying and chopping raw vegetables. Yet you also have the added convenience of being able to sprinkle them on to any meal or to make your own, better tasting, smoothie variations, in just seconds.

Why ingest organic wholefoods for nutritional purposes in an artificial pill capsule?

Pill capsules were originally designed for ingesting nasty tasting chemical medicants that are hard to swallow, because they are objectionable to your taste buds. The ingredients for a pill capsule case itself is not something you would choose for nutritional purposes.

You may get to eat many pill capsule cases as you age and need to take medicants. So, don’t choose to eat those, when you can simply eat the natural fruit and vegetable powders on their own with no inconvenience or downside.

According to, pill capsule cases are “made from aqueous solutions of gelling agents, such as animal protein (mainly gelatin) or plant polysaccharides or their derivatives (such as carrageenans and modified forms of starch and cellulose). Other ingredients can be added to the gelling agent solution including plasticizers such as glycerin or sorbitol to decrease the capsule’s hardness, coloring agents, preservatives, disintegrants, lubricants and surface treatment.”

Are Nutrition Pills Really Healthy?

The contents of the pill capsule cases might be healthy? Depending upon what is actually in them. However, the ingredients for the capsule casing itself is not something you would choose for nutritional purposes.

Many people looking to boost their nutrient intake are also focused on plant nutrition. Even if they are not Vegans vegetarians would not deliberately choose a product that is encased in an animal protein product. The other ingredients of these capsule cases are not typical high nutritional value foods. Another good question might be, what kind of ingredients are added to the contents of the pill to give it the viscosity required to make the product flow, so it can be easily packed by machines into the tiny capsules.

Know What You are Eating

Seeing what you are eating is another important issue with nutrition. The science of Powdered Fruit and vegetables has moved on to a process of slow drying of a puree. This naturally preserves the colours and nutrients of fruits and vegetables better. Some of the manufacturers are now using this method which produces much higher nutrient value in powdered products. Visual inspection will show users the consistency in granule size and colour that helps to show the quality of the product.

Why are you eating Nutritional Supplements in the first place?

People eat nutritional supplements for several reasons including to combat health problems, to guard against potential health problems, for body building and weight control, and some just to improve energy levels. Whatever your reason, continual consumption of pill capsule casings is probably not your intended goal.

Environmental hazards, artificial ingredients and pesticide levels are being blamed for the development of free radicals in your system that can cause serious health conditions as well as a slowdown of your general feeling of well-being. The modern approach to this problem is to change your diet to exclude the products most likely to be detrimental to your health and suppress your immune system. Also, at the same time to increase your intake of those products that are a benefit to your health.

More importantly to specifically boost your intake of those foods that are higher in the antioxidants that can boost your own immune system. This basic plan will assist with either recovery from health issues, avoiding health issues and just improving stamina and natural weight control. Fruit and vegetables are a large part of a healthy diet and it is a big chore to purchase, tote and prepare them in a busy world.

So powdered fruit and vegetables are becoming an important way to assist with nutrition. However, we suggest you instead buy the zip close packs and get the added convenience of being able to sprinkle them on to meals.

Boost Nutrients offers a range of Fruit Powders, Vegetable Powders and also seeds and other natural wholefood ingredients that are healthy high nutrient products. Our range is perfect to improve your nutrition and boost your immune health. They are idea for adding to; Smoothie drinks, Smoothie Bowls, Acai Bowls, Acai Porridge, Granola Bowls, Salads and many other meals.

Reprinted with permission from an article published on Opera Foods “Nutrition Pills! Really! Why eat all those capsule cases?“.