Sneak Superfoods Into Your Diet


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Sneak Superfoods Into Your Diet

Not quite sure what to do with that giant bag of chia seeds or cacao sitting in your pantry? Say no more – Here’s some delicious ways to use them up in no time. By Nutritionist and GoodnessMe Box Health Editor Melissa Fine.

1. Blend Them

Whether it’s with spirulina, cacao, maca or chia, a smoothie is a great way to incorporate powdered, nutrient dense superfoods into your diet. Here are a couple of my go-to superfood smoothie recipes. Apart from being an omega-3 and fibre rich superfood, chia is the magic ingredient in both these recipes, acting as a natural thickening agent.

Clean Green Protein Smoothie

Because spinach and alkalising greens powders tend to be rather mild in flavour (yet loaded with nutrients like folate from the spinach), this actually tastes like a banana smoothie more than anything.

Ingredients

  • 1 very ripe banana, frozen – peel and chop into chunks before freezing
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/3 Cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1 serve greens powder (optional)
  • generous handful baby spinach
  • 1 scoop plain or vanilla plant-based protein powder (optional, but a good way to make this a substantial main meal rather than a snack; I like Amazonia’s Vanilla & Lucuma Raw Fermented Paleo Protein, which has the added benefit of superfoods like spirulina, spinach and alfalfa)
  • handful ice cubes

Method

Add all ingredients to a blender, adding the spinach last. Cover and blend until smooth. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes, allowing it to thicken up. Pour into a tall glass/jar/wine glass and enjoy!

Peanut Butter Banana Choc Smoothie

…You heard me! I love how the fruit in this balances the bitterness of antioxidant rich cacao – The healthy way to eat chocolate.

Ingredients

  • 1 very ripe banana, frozen – peel and chop into chunks before freezing
  • 1 Medjool date, pitted
  • 2 tsp natural peanut butter
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 heaped tsp cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup almond or coconut milk
  • A handful of ice cubes

Method

Add all ingredients to a blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes, allowing it to thicken up. Pour into a glass, or better yet a soup bowl and eat with a spoon.

2. Sprinkle Some on Your Salad

Antioxidant-rich goji or inca berries make the perfect finishing touch to a green salad. They’re also awesome sprinkled on a shredded red cabbage and carrot salad, adding an extra pop of colour and a little tartness. Dress with 100% tahini, a pinch of salt and lemon juice and voila!

3. Add Them to a Wholesome, Decadent Dessert

…Like this Cacao Energy Mousse, recipe courtesy of Amazonia.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium avocado
  • 100ml almond milk
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 serve Amazonia Raw Energy (a unique blend of live superfoods, concentrated sea minerals, coconut water, ancient seeds and traditional herbs)
  • Natural sweetener, to taste (try 2 tsp rice malt syrup)

Method

Combine ingredients in a blender, chill and serve.

Tip: Add cacao nibs before serving for a choc-chip effect.

See the original recipe here.

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