3 Superfoods To Add To Your Morning Oats

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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.

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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!

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Maca Powder

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.

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Golden Berries

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.

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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.

Ingredients:

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

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Now, I’d love to hear, where are you adding superfoods in your everyday cooking?!

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Comments

Zoe -January 24, 2014, 8:51AM

mmm sounds so delsih! yummy.

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Garifalia -January 24, 2014, 9:42AM

Super foods are a staple in my morning smoothie! My favorite like yours is Maca Powder. The others that I play around with is Goji Berries & Hemp Hearts. I like to soak the gojis in coconut water to soften them up before they hit the blender. Add some spinach leaves and blueberries and I got my healthy morning cup of energy!

Becky Miller -January 24, 2014, 9:43AM

Instead of cacao nibs, I use the powder and make pretty much anything with it.. My favorite is raw brownies using dates, honey, cacao powder, chopped walnuts, and shredded coconut (organic). Best brownies ever!!

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Shauna Brennan -January 24, 2014, 12:27PM

This looks so yummy! Thank you for keeping us healthy <3

Sapphire -January 24, 2014, 1:43PM

I try to incorporate superfoods into my diet every way I can—green smoothies, salads, breakfast waffles, soups—you name it!

In my oatmeal, I use hemp milk, flaxseed, cinnamon, raisins, & stevia (for a touch of sweetness). I’m going to have add some cocoa nibs and maca powder to that–switch it up! Thanks!

Juliette Laura -January 24, 2014, 2:17PM

OH wow, yum yum, definitely going to grab all three!

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Marissa -January 24, 2014, 2:22PM

I found Maca powder interesting so I looked into it! I read that when adding Maca powder to any hot items, they lose their effectiveness. Just a thought, since you were recommending it be put in soups, stir frys, etc. I guess it is possible to use the powder upon cooling the meal…hmm.

Sarah -January 25, 2014, 2:29AM

How does Maca powder taste?

Mims -January 25, 2014, 8:58AM

Should there be some kind of liquid in this?

Naomi -January 25, 2014, 9:44AM

Mims – I use almond milk, but you can use any kind of milk or hot water that you like. The ratio with oats is generally 1/2cup oats:1 cup liquid.

FP Morgan -January 25, 2014, 1:47PM

try Chia Seeds with greek yogurt also!!

Crista -January 26, 2014, 8:36PM

i love this post, thank you. xox

Alex -January 27, 2014, 2:10AM

Mmmm, I love this recipe! I always have oatmeal in the morning and I haven’t realized that its a great opportunity to add in my super foods. I will definitely be trying this, maybe adding some cacao powder, coconut chips, or goji berries?

Love,
Alex
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Manjit -April 18, 2014, 6:02AM

Always make sure you are using real true cinnamon, aka Ceylon Cinnamon / Sri Lankan Cinnamon. Why? Because the usual stuff available in the West is ‘Cassia Bark Cinnamon’ and when used frequently it actually is toxic to the liver. You can buy real Ceylon cinnamon teabags, ceylon cinnamon powder and ceylon cinnamon sticks over at http://www.buyrealcinnamon.co.uk/ International delivery is available – just email your order details so that postage can be worked out.

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