What they are: Drink mixes you stir into a liquid.
Benefits: Often just one heaping tablespoon contains the vitamins and minerals that you would get from several pills. “Tablets contain fillers and binding agents that the body has to break down before the nutrients can be absorbed,” says Kulkarni. “Powders don’t require these.” Try All One Original Formula ($31 for a 30-day supply, drugstore.com).
Keep in mind: Many powders have a bitter aftertaste, says Gidus. Mixing them with juice (not water) may help. Or try blending them with yogurt and fruit to make a smoothie.