A few weeks ago I received a trial pack of Omni Superfood to try out and review. I’m usually reluctant when it comes to products labeled “superfood”, but why not give it a go? The product has 2 versions, male and female, so of course I got the one designed for women.
Why use supplements?
You know we always promote a healthy diet, rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, nuts and seeds and healthy fats. And of course exercise, for both your body and your mind. But that doesn’t always happen as planned, we don’t eat enough of the good stuff, some minerals are harder to get and let’s not forget about every day life – the stress, the commute, the responsibilities. When things get tough, I’d rather have a healthy aid, than opt for comfort food. Something to give me the nutrients I’m missing, to give me energy and help me stop the cravings.
The package arrived and I was very excited to have a taste. I went to the parkrun and rewarded myself with a nice shake after. It tastes and smells lovely, that cocoa flavour really works for me. My first shake was made according to the instructions on the pack (adding a banana), but I realized it’s sweet enough for me without it. Why add extra calories and sugar when it’s not necessary? A serving would give me about 130 calories counting the almond milk too, out of which 7 grams of plant based protein. Pretty good!
One of the uses mentioned on the pack is fitness aid: 1 serving 45 minutes before exercising and 1 immediately after. I sometimes exercise twice a day, so I only had 1 serving a day, otherwise the pack would have been finished way too soon.
I used it before my 7am gym classes
If I have to be in the city at 7am, that means no breakfast before leaving the house. And also, no coffee… So I put OMNI to the test. I drank my shake at about 6 am and left the house for my gym session. I haven’t seen much difference in my performance at the gym, but I managed to go those days without having any coffee, which is still pretty good.
I used it before my parkrun PB
When I only had 2 servings left, I saved them for special occasions. One was a parkrun. As you know, I’m doing the “Scream if you want to run faster” programme, so on week 3, after training for quite a while, I went to the parkrun to test my 5k time. I had my Omni drink half an hour before leaving the house and warmed up for about 3k before “racing”. And finally, I got a PB after almost 1 year of no progress. Can’t say for sure if it was a placebo effect or I really got a boost of energy, but something (or a combination of things) worked for me. And my training has paid off! The maca powder in OMNI increases energy, endurance and oxygen in the blood, which sounds like a great thing for a runner to add to their diet.
I used it after some runs
My legs work a lot and they deserve some care after so much effort. Stretching and a nice shake once I get home after a run is something I can do to make them better. And this has worked for me – no knee or hip pain or soreness after runs, I recovered quickly enough. The ingredients are full of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, so it’s not surprising. After we exercise, our bodies release toxins that need to be flushed out and we do that with a healthy diet and some supplements when it’s needed. MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane), one of the ingredients of OMNI, has anti-inflamatory properties, so it should come in handy for us active people.
Me and my proud OMNI moustache
What I liked about OMNI
As I said in the beginning, it tastes and smells really nice. But I also liked the consistency. It’s less thick than a normal protein shake, so it was much easier to drink it.
What I didn’t like
Although I’ve put it as a positive too, the fact that it’s more liquid gave my belly a bit of trouble. If I had to move around or walk towards the train station after I had the shake, having liquid in my belly (especially before breakfast) gave me stitches. But it’s something that I can work around.
Benefits of some of the ingredients
- Maca powder – Maca is a root vegetable from Peru that grows only at high altitudes. The root of the maca plant has been consumed by the natives of the Peruvian highlands for thousands of years; they believe it can help with such conditions as: anaemia, chronic fatigue, depression, infertility, lack of libido, malnutrition, menopausal symptoms, menstrual discomfort and disorders, poor memory, stress, and tension.
- Lucuma powder – Lucuma is an exotic Peruvian fruit, also known as the “Gold of the Incas”. It is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, has low glycaemic index, high in fibre, vitamins B1, B2, B3, C, Beta-carotene, it’s high in potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
- Hemp protein – It’s a complete plant based protein, it contains all the essential amino acids. Hemp contains proteins that build muscle and strengthen ligaments, tendons, organs, glands, nails, hair, body fluids and nearly all aspects of microscopic cellular machinery. There is no other food source that contains Omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids. These are powerful antioxidants that protect our skin from excessive sun exposure, improve our immune system and have potential anti-inflammatory properties.
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I just ordered some more for myself, as I want to test it properly. The trial bag was too small to reap all the benefits. And it was sooo good!