Do you know your matcha from your maca? Your cacao from your cocoa? With all these new superfoods hitting the shelves, we give you the low down on our favourites.
Try adding superfoods to a morning smoothie, sprinkle on top of homemade granola or bircher muesli or add superfoods to raw desserts and baked treats. Get creative and enjoy the delicious benefits that these special foods offer.
Maca is an ancient Peruvian superfood and can be taken for a whole host of reasons. It contains antioxidants and nutrients including vitamins and minerals.
Cacao contains antioxidants and is a source of magnesium, dietary fibre, vitamins and calcium.
Chia seeds are an ancient food source traditionally consumed by the Mayan people for hundreds of years. Chia Seeds are a source of protein, omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins.
Goji Berries contain amino acids and minerals including zinc, copper, iron, calcium and selenium. They are also a source of vitamins.
An Amazonian superfood, Yerba Maté is a source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, selenium, manganese and vitamins. Yerba Maté also contains essential fatty acids, chlorophyll, trace minerals, flavonols and a range of antioxidants.
Maqui is a deep purple berry wild harvested in the pristine conditions of Southern Chile and is considered to be a high antioxidant fruit. The original Mapuche warriors of this region ate very little solid food and drank a fermented beverage made from Maqui Berries several times a day. The Mapuche Indians have used Maqui Berry leaves, stems, fruits and wine therapeutically for thousands of years. Maqui Berries have been traditionally used by the Mapache Indians for a range of ailments.
Camu Camu is traditionally made into a juice by people of the Amazon rainforest. It contains bioflavonoids, amino acids plus sources of thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.
Lucuma is a unique egg-shaped Peruvian fruit, referred to in Peru as the “gold of the Incas”. This fruit has been consumed for thousands of years, often eaten raw, and loved for its sweet and nutty flavor.
Lucuma provides a source of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fibre. Despite its sweetness, lucuma has a relatively low glycemic index. As a natural sweetener Lucuma may also assist to curb cravings for processed sugar.
Organic mesquite powder is extracted from the seeds of the mesquite plant, which is found in the southwestern United States and South America. It has been used as a staple food for centuries by desert dwellers in these lands as a natural sweetener and for its myriad of nutritional benefits.
Organic mesquite powder contains sources of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It is also a source of protein, calcium, potassium, zinc, lysine, magnesium and iron.
Mesquite has a slightly nutty flavour and a hint of malt and caramel. It blends well as an addition to your favourite smoothie and can also be used in raw desserts or baking.
Powdered greens such as wheat grass and barley grass are rich in chlorophyll.
These forms of greens may be alkalising, and contain nutrients, vitamins, minerals, proteins and photo-chemicals.
Matcha is a powdered form of green tea that offers a range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. Matcha contains the amino acid L-Theanine.