Move over, turmeric and matcha—these superfoods are about to take the health supplement trend list by storm with its slew of nutritional benefits. If you’re on the hunt for newer alternatives to jazz up your breakfast jars and smoothie bowls, look no further. Below, we compiled seven new superfoods of 2019 that you can ShopandBox for your dietary routine, stat.
From cacao nibs to maqui berries, these are the new kale and chia seeds of 2019:
Photo credits to Navitas Organics
Cacao powder is derived from cocoa beans, and is one of the more popular superfoods to hit the shelves this year. Packed with polyphenols, it has been proven to reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases by improving brain function and blood flow, overall improving mental performance. Surprisingly, it also has weight-controlling benefits which include regulating energy, reducing appetite and increasing fat oxidation.
Below, try this mint chocolate popsicle recipe out by The Nutty Scoop:
14 oz Coconut Milk
1 tbsp Organic Cacao Powder
1/4 cup Organic Cacao Nibs
1/4 cup maple syrup
1-2 tsp Organic Spirulina
2 tsp mint extract
1 tbsp Organic Coconut Oil
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, vegan
Place all the popsicle ingredients into your blender and pulse until the mixture comes together. Divide the mixture among the popsicle molds and place a wooden stick in each compartment. Freeze for at least 3-4 hours. Before serving the popsicles, place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe dish and melt in 30 seconds intervals until completely melted. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the frozen popsicles.
Photo credits to Terrasoul Superfoods
If you prefer a crunchy texture to your superfood bowl, try cacao nibs instead. Touted as the healthier way of eating chocolate (before it actually becomes chocolate via roasting), cacao nibs taste amazing when incorporated in a variety of foods. It is also packed with fiber, antioxidants, and magnesium to help keep your skin, digestive system and muscle function in check.
Try this recipe (courtesy of Terrasoul Superfoods) of a homemade pre-workout mix, perfect to fuel your day as well:
1/2 cup Brazil buts
1/2 cup toasted coconut chips
1/2 cup white mulberries
1/2 cup golden berries
1/4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup cacao beans ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photo credits to Food To Live and Nourish Everyday
Known for its earthy flavour, maca is a well-used ingredient in Peruvian cuisine and is typically consumed in powder form. Its health benefits include boosting energy and endurance, lowering blood pressure, and increasing libido in both men and women. Maca powder is versatile to be eaten in smoothies, juice, and shakes, and can even be added in coffee, soup, oatmeal and the like.
Try this fuss-free recipe for energy maca balls from My Whole Food Life:
1/2 cup raw pepitas
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw pistachios
1 T maca powder
1 T chia seeds
10 medjool dates (pits removed)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2-3 tablespoon water
In a food processor, grind up the pistachios, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, sea salt and maca powder to a coarse consistency. Then add in the dates and continue to pulse. Lastly, add in the water, one tablespoon at a time until a dough starts to form. Roll into balls and place in the fridge to firm up. It should only take a minute or two.
Photo credits to The Green Life
Moringa is one of those superfoods that can be consumed in its entirety. The entire plant is edible and beneficial in more ways than one—from the pods to the fruits of the tree. Moringa has been used in Eastern countries to combat diabetes, skin and digestive disorders and heart disease as well. Now you may find it as a natural leaf powder supplement thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Kickstart your day with this creamy matcha and moringa latte by The Green Life:
1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk I used homemade cashew milk
1 tsp matcha powder
1 tsp moringa powder
1 tsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp unpasteurized honey – or more to taste (optional)
Combine the milk, matcha and moringa powder in a small saucepan. Bring to a low simmer over medium heat, whisking a few times. Once the milk has thickened a little and is warm, gently transfer to a blender. Add the coconut oil and honey and blend until smooth and creamy, then pour into a mug and serve immediately.
Photo credits to Love and Lemons
Fun fact: It’s been proven that aronia berries have the highest polyphenol content compared to other berries and fruits. A native fruit to North America, aronia berries (also known as chokeberries), it’s powerful nutritional properties include high fiber content, antioxidant polyphenols (to prevent cancer and cardiovascular diseases) and the like.
Indulge in a smoothie bowl with a chockfull of superfoods with this amended recipe by Love and Lemons:
1 cup mixed frozen berries*
4 ice cubes
Splashes of light coconut milk (enough to get blender moving)
1 tablespoon almond butter
A handful of spinach
Optional: 1 teaspoon aronia berry powder
Optional: maple syrup or sweetener of your choice, to taste
freeze dried strawberries
Place the frozen berries, ice cubes, coconut milk, almond butter and spinach in a blender. Add aronia berry powder, if using. Blend until smooth, adding additional coconut milk as needed. (As little as necessary so your smoothie will be thick). Taste and add maple syrup or sweetener of choice, if desired. Blend again. Pour into two bowls and top with hemp seeds, coconut flakes, blueberries, and dried strawberries.
Photo credits to Green Blender and Terrasoul Superfoods
Another powerberry that’s making waves is maqui—a tiny but mighty free-radical stabiliser that helps prevent cell damage and negative effects. Research has proven that maqui berries have more antioxidants more than other berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries etc. Other purported benefits include improving eye health, gut health, sugar control among the few.
Try this yummy coconut + maqui smoothie from OMG! that packs a punch in flavour and health benefits.
¼ cup strawberries
¼ cup raspberries
2 tbs Maqui Berry Powder
2 cup coconut milk (substitute with water)
2 tbs your choice sweetener
Blend all of the ingredients together at medium speed.
Photos credit to Terrasoul Superfoods and All Purpose Flour Child
For our fellow Shoppers who are intolerant to gluten, cassava flour is a great replacement for bread and other baked products. This root vegetable is calorie-rich and is absolutely gluten-, nut- and grain-free. Its taste most resembles wheat flour, although its soft powdery texture makes it a great option for baking and cooking.
Try this paleo cassava pancake recipe by All Purpose Flour Child:
2 c cassava flour (I use this one!)
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
pinch of Himalayan pink salt
2 pasture-raised eggs, room temperature
1 c full-fat coconut milk (or any kind of milk you prefer)
1 T fresh lemon juice
1 t vanilla extract
2 T honey
2 T coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly (you could also use butter or ghee if you prefer) plus more for greasing griddl
In a glass measuring cup, whisk together the coconut milk and lemon juice and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cassava flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut oil and honey until combined. Whisk in the eggs, vanilla, and coconut milk mixture until combined. Add the dry mixture into the wet and whisk to combine.
Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-low heat. When pan is heated, add a little coconut oil to grease the surface of the skillet. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop the batter and pour about 3-4 pancakes onto skillet (depending on how large your pan is) and cook for about 3 minutes, until bubbles begin to form on top of the pancakes. Take a peak at the bottom of the pancakes and flip when golden-brown. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Repeat with the rest of the batter, adding more coconut oil to the skillet as needed. Serve immediately. If you want to make all the pancakes at once before you serve, you can keep them warm in a 200 F oven on a baking skeet until ready to serve.
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