How to Drink Amla Powder: 6 Delicious Ways to Try

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How to Drink Amla Powder: 6 Delicious Ways to Try

 

Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry (Phyllantus emblica), is a superfood found in India and southeast asia. Featured prominently in Ayurvedic medicine, amla has a reputation as a powerful health food. 

However, amla is a bit different from many folk remedies in that a large and continuously growing body of evidence shows that it actually works

Between its anti-inflammatory, weight loss, blood glucose controlling, antioxidant, blood pressure lowering, and even hair-restoring effects, the benefits of amla are extensive. 

So how can you add this berry to your diet? We’ll explore some options for how to drink amla powder in this article.

Table of Contents

Things to Know About Drinking Amla Powder
Amla Mixers: Different Ways to Drink Amla Powder
The Power of Amla Plus Tea
Amla Powder Drink Recipes (And More!) to Try
You’ll Love This Amla Powder Drink -- Or Your Money Back

 

Things to Know About Drinking Amla Powder

Amla might be the most powerful plant-based medicine ever discovered, so why hasn’t it become more popular? 

A few reasons. The first is that it can be difficult to source high-quality amla outside of India and Southeast Asia, though this is slowly changing.

The second is that it can be tricky to work amla into foods. On its own, amla berries are exceptionally bitter and tart, which makes powdered amla the preferred option for this powerful plant. 

Still, on its own amla powder doesn’t taste fantastic. When mixing a teaspoon with 12oz of water — the simplest way to take amla powder — the result is a relatively murky, tart, and bitter drink, often with some powder left over. 

Fortunately, it doesn’t matter what time of day you take amla, whether you drink it on an empty stomach, or if you serve amla hot or cold, which means that you can navigate this unpleasant taste and mix amla powder in with other drinks and foods.

Amla Mixers: Different Ways to Drink Amla Powder

Amla packs a significant health benefit even with a small amount, and its tart and bitter taste manage to complement other food and beverage without overpowering. 

You’ll find that amla mixes excellently into: 

  • Fruit juices (pomegranate, orange juice, and lemonade are popular favorites)
  • Smoothies (really any fruit smoothie can add a health boost with a spoonful of amla)
  • Tea (especially green tea and herbal tea, as seen below)
  • Indian and Asian soups and stews (the tartness of amla plays well with similar flavors)
  • Salad dressings (we recommend vinegar, not oil-based dressings)

The Power of Amla Plus Tea

One of the most powerful ways to drink powdered amla is mixed with green tea or herbal teas like hibiscus. Both complementary teas turn the tart and bitter taste of amla into a smooth, refreshing powder, but the benefits of mixing teas doesn’t stop there. 

Green and herbal teas are zero calorie beverages, helping with intermittent fasting and supporting amla’s weight loss properties

Green tea in particular has thermogenic properties that help burn fat, while both types of teas have natural caffeine that boosts energy, and immune-boosting antioxidants. 

That’s why we created Amla Green, a 20x concentrated amla supplement with both green tea and hibiscus flavors. Using high-quality, organic amla, we’re able to condense all of the benefits of amla into a versatile powder that you can drink straight and mix easily. 

See some of our favorite recipes below.

Amla Powder Drink Recipes (And More!) to Try

One of the simplest ways to enjoy amla is to mix it in a glass of hot or cold water, because amla powder generally dissolves well.

Simply mix one or two tablespoons in a 12 oz glass to make for a slightly sour drink that can be refreshing. 

If you’re drinking Amla Green, this tart taste becomes a smooth and sweet drink that you may find yourself looking forward to every day.

Amla Green Tea

The easiest way to add amla to your diet — just add water!

Ingredients

  • 12 oz of Water
  • 2 teaspoons of Amla Green

Instructions

Mix well!

Amla Green Lemonade

Another simple, refreshing, and health-boosting beverage, perfect for a warm afternoon. 

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Lemonade
  • 2 teaspoons of Amla Green
  • Instructions

    Add 2 teaspoons of Amla Green to lemonade, mix well and pour over ice.

    Amla Green Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail

    Getting a little fancier and more fun, this mocktail is especially tasty with Amla Green Hibiscus.

    Ingredients

    • Pomegranate seeds
    • Mint leaves
    • 2 limes, quartered, plus slices to garnish
    • 1 Quart pomegranate juice
    • 2 Cups lemonade
    • 3 tbsp Amla Green Hibiscus

    Instructions

    In a big pitcher, mix pomegranate juice, lemonade, lime juice, and Amla Green Hibiscus. Fill glasses with pomegranate seeds, ice, and pour juice over seeds, garnishing with mint.

    Tropical Amla Green Smoothie

    One of many, many options for Amla Green in a fruit smoothie. Experiment for yourself!

    Ingredients

    • 1 banana
    • 1 cup of frozen mixed berries
    • 1 cup of fresh papaya or mango
    • 1 scoop of Amla Green (Regular or Decaf)
    • 1/4-1/2 cup of water

    Instructions

    Blend ingredients on high for 30 seconds, then pour into a cup and drink!

    Refreshing Amla Green Smoothie Bowl

    Brunch, dessert, or afternoon snack. This refreshing smoothie bowl plays well any time of day.

    Ingredients

    • 1 frozen banana (fresh banana also works)
    • 1 cup of frozen blueberries or mixed berries
    • 1 cup of frozen mango
    • 1 scoop of Amla Green (Regular or Decaf)
    • 1/4-1/2 cup of water

    Instructions

    Blend on high for 30-60 seconds, then pour into a bowl and top with 1 tbsp ground flax seeds, 1 sliced banana, or fresh berries.

    Tangy and Spicy Amla Green Dressing

    The first of two recommended Amla Green salad dressings. Another area to explore!

    Ingredients

    • Tangy and Spicy Amla Green Dressing
    • 1 scoop of Amla Green (Regular or Decaf)
    • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tbsp water
    • 1 pinch of ground cumin
    • 1 pinch of smoked paprika
    • 1 pinch of ground curry powder
    • Black pepper to taste

    Instructions

    Mix all ingredients well together, then use as a dip or drizzle on top of a salad or mixed vegetables.

    Mediterranean Amla Green Dressing

    A mediterranean twist on Amla Green salad dressing, great for early evening or appetizers.

    Ingredients

    • 1 scoop of Amla Green (Regular or Decaf)
    • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tbsp water
    • 1 pinch of ground oregano
    • 1 pinch of smoked thyme

    Instructions

    Mix well together, then use as a dip, or drizzle on top of a salad or mixed vegetables.

    You’ll Love This Amla Powder Drink -- Or Your Money Back

    These options for drinks and recipes with amla are just the start. With the complementary flavors of green tea or hibiscus, Amla Green opens up quite a few possibilities to add amla to your diet. 

    There is a constantly-growing world of suggested recipes, which not only work well with amla, but have a wide range of other plant-based health benefits.

    In fact, we’re so thrilled to share Amla Green with you that we’re offering your first batch entirely risk free. If you don’t love it, just let us know, and we’ll give you your money back!

     

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    Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by
    Cyrus Khambatta, PhD

    Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, is a cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. Using an evidence-based approach to nutrition and fitness, he first reduced his own insulin usage by more than 40%, and has educated thousands of people with all forms of diabetes how to reverse insulin resistance using food as medicine. Cyrus earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at the Plant-Based Nutrition and Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Conference, Plant Stock, and has been featured on Forks Over Knives, NPR, PBS, KQED, Fast Company, and is the author of the upcoming book Mastering Diabetes.

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