This post comes from contributor FP Naomi.
What is a superfood? According to the Oxford English Dictionary it’s, “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.” True superfoods have a high nutrient density, antioxidants to remove toxins, and phytochemicals that balance our internal chemistry. They are they heavy-hitters in preventative medicine, and can help us stay healthy in today’s unbalanced, toxin-ridden world.
At modern health food stores and mega grocers like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, superfoods are a shelf staple. They come whole as well as in powder and dried form. Today’s technologies have made it easier than ever to sneak superfoods into any dish. Throw them in soup, shakes, desserts, you name it!
My most recent obsession is loading morning oats with maca powder, cacao sweet nibs, and golden berries. I’m sure they help balance and clean my blood streams, but what I notice most is the energy kick. I can skip the morning caffeine, and feel ready to take on anything. Paired with oats, the recipe is filling and keeps me satisfied throughout the morning.
First, let’s talk about what these superfoods are, and why they’re so good for you.
Cacao Sweet Nibs
Chocolate, in its unprocessed form, is one of the world’s most powerful superfoods. Cacao nibs are simply the cacao bean broken into pieces. Those beans are loaded with antioxidants, and are thought to be one of the most antioxidant rich foods on planet Earth. The beans are high in magnesium, iron, and calcium as well. I love them in my oats because they taste like dark chocolate and play nicely off of the sour golden berries. Try them in vegan mousse, vegan ice cream, or a smoothie as well!
Maca powder is a favorite of mine! Since it’s a powder it’s so easy to stir into anything. I’ve made soups, chai lattes, and even stirfry with maca powder. It comes from a root vegetable native to the Andes, and is famous for its energy-boosting adaptogens. It is also full of plant-based nutrients, minerals, amino acids, and beneficial plant sterols.
These sour little guys pack a punch! They too are derived from the Andes region, and contain toxin-kicking carotenes and bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids have been linked to reducing inflammation and strengthening the immune system. If you’re struggling with health or think you may have issues with inflammation in the gut, Golden Berries may help. They also contain healthy amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, protein, and phosphorus.
And now for the recipe! Simply combine all the ingredients below and cook. You can either use the microwave (approx. 3 mins.) or boil on the stove top (approx. 10-15 mins.).
If you’re wondering where to purchase the superfoods, my personal favorite brand is Navitas Naturals. They are socialy responsible and their products are certified organic, non GMO, minimally processed, and food safe.
½ Cup of Your Favorite Oats
10 Golden Berries
1 Tsp Cacao Nibs
1 Tsp Maca Powder
2 Tsp Shredded Coconut
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Wildflower Honey
Now, I’d love to hear, where are you adding superfoods in your everyday cooking?!
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