5 Superfoods You Need in Your Life ASAP

It seems like all we hear about these days are superfoods: green smoothie this, acai berry that. Everyone knows that these superfoods pack a huge nutritional punch. Should you be eating them? YES! And as important as it is to consume foods that benefit us so greatly, it is equally important to know WHY we should consume them. Knowledge is power when it comes to nourishing your body! Since there are so many superfood powder products on the market today, it can be a bit confusing if you’re new to them. Luckily, this short guide is here to give you the lowdown on some of the most popular powders, what they do for you, what they taste like, and what you can make with them!

1. Cacao Powder

Cacao = chocolate. What’s not to love? Raw Cacao is chocolate in its purest form. It is made from grinding cacao beans after the fatty part (cacao butter) has been removed. Cacao must not be confused with cocoa, which contains far less nutrients because it is heated during processing.

Benefits:

·      Brain Boost: Promotes feelings of happiness and alertness

·      Powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory

·      Promotes heart health and lowers blood pressure

·      Aids in weight loss by decreasing appetite

·      Promotes digestion

What does it taste like?

Cacao is the most unprocessed form of chocolate, so don’t expect a sweet flavor! It is bitter. Imagine the highest cacao percentage dark chocolate bar you’ve ever had and make it even more bitter.

Best used for:

·      Baking in desserts, muffins, scones, etc.

·      Mixing into smoothie bowls, ice cream and oatmeal

·      Making a nutritious hot chocolate or latte

·      Making energy bites or protein cookies

2. Spirulina

You know those smoothies  you see on Instagram that are a beautiful deep green or teal color? They most likely contain spirulina, which is a richly-hued freshwater seaweed that packs a huge nutritional punch!

Benefits:

·      65%-71% complete protein

·      Rich in iron

·      High levels of antioxidants

·      Energy Boosting

·      Aids in detoxification of the body

·      Improves Immune System

·      Supports your heart, liver, and kidneys

What does it taste like?

The taste of spirulina is slightly grassy, but mostly tasteless, making it an excellent addition to almost anything!

Best used for:

·      Mixing into smoothies or yogurt, maybe even ice cream!

·      Energy bars/bites

·      Mixing into desserts, scones, pancakes, bagels and more!

3. Moringa

Moringa powder comes from the ground leaves of the Moringa tree, also known as the “Miracle Tree”. The leaves of this tree have been utilized for thousands of years for medicinal benefits. Although the Moringa tree is native to Asia and Africa, you can grow one yourself!

Benefits:

·      Incredibly high source of iron

·      Complete protein

·      High amounts of calcium, potassium, Vitamins A+C

·      Provides antioxidants

·      Helps prevent aging

·      Energizing

·      Anti-aging

What does it taste like?

Moringa powder has a mild, slightly grassy/spinachy taste. It is easy to incorporate into many foods because the taste isn’t too noticeable.

Best used for:

·      Mixing into smoothies, yogurts, oatmeal, ice cream, etc.

·      Can be used in spreads such as guacamole or pesto

·      Baking into sweets

4. Maca

Maca powder comes from a Peruvian root vegetable that was first cultivated by the Incas over 2000 years ago. It has been used for a variety of sexual and hormonal benefits.

Benefits:

·      Contains 20 amino acids

·      Increases energy and stamina

·      Increases libido

·      Promotes the regulation of hormones

·      Regulates blood sugar

·      Eases the symptoms of menopause

What does it taste like?

Maca has an earthy flavor that is slightly nutty. It also has a bit of a butterscotch flavor.

Best used for:

·      Mixing into smoothies, yogurt, ice cream and oatmeal

·      Combining with cacao powder for hot chocolate

·      Making protein or energy bars

·      Mixing into baked goods

·      Making lattes

5. Acai

Acai powder is made from dried Acai berries that originate from the rain forests of Central and South America. This is one of the most popular superfoods out there, with the rise of the almighty “Acai Bowl!"

Benefits:

·      Anti-aging

·      Energizing

·      Supports heart and circulatory system health

·      Strengthens the immune system

·      Promotes healthy skin

·      Promotes healthy digestion

What does it taste like?

Acai has a tart taste that can be compared to blackberries with a slight chocolate taste.

Best used for:

·      Mixing into smoothies, yogurt, and ice cream

·      Energy bites

Don’t you feel healthier already? Now that you are armed with knowledge about these top superfoods, go pick some up at your local health food store and start nourishing! Stay tuned for Superfoods Volume II, which will include some more exotic superfood varieties, some of which you may have not even heard of!

- xo Hayley

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