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Superfoods have only recently become a trend, but they’ve been around for many years. Superfoods are named as such because they’re packed with higher than normal levels of various vitamins and minerals. They don’t often taste the greatest on their own, but can easily be incorporated into your daily meals to reap all the benefits.
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae and is usually available in either tablets or powder. It has a savoury, almost earthy taste and is extremely high in protein, beta-carotene and vitamin B12. Spirulina helps increase stamina, build lean muscle and is full of antioxidants.
Hemp protein is derived from hemp seeds and has a faintly nutty flavour. It is high in iron, magnesium, and omega-3s which help prevent heart disease, dementia, and inflammation. It’s also a really good source of protein and can help repair and develop lean body mass.
Chia seeds are tiny little seeds that essentially have no flavour although once soaked, they swell and gain a jelly-like consistency and texture. Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3s, protein, and fibre – 1 tablespoon accounts for over 20% of the recommended daily fibre intake.
Cacao powder is the raw form of chocolate minus the dairy and sugar and has a bitter, chocolate-y taste. It contains essential fatty acids, iron, zinc, sulphur, magnesium, calcium, and potassium, so this superfood packs quite a punch. Cacao powder is also one of the world’s richest sources of antioxidants.
Maca is a type of plant and the root is edible with a strong earthy, slight butterscotch flavour to it. It’s been known to enhance moods; lower stress, increase energy and its abundance of fatty acids can improve brain function.
Bee pollen is the male seed of the flower and has a slightly sweet, floral flavour. It’s health benefits include boosting the immune and digestive systems, aiding in prostate and fertility problems, supporting heart health, and being an excellent source of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins.
Lucuma is a type of fruit that is maple-like in flavour with a mellow sweetness. It’s been known to support heart health, decrease the effects of hypertension, normalise blood sugar, aid wound healing and is high in beta-carotene, zinc, vitamin B3 and calcium.
Blackcurrants are a popular berry, although not many people tend to eat it, despite having superfood properties. They have a sweet, earthy flavour and may help prevent diabetes, aid muscle recovery and slow the ageing process through antioxidants.
This may be a new one, but this nut is a good source of omega-3s and protein with 9g of protein per ounce. It has a nutty, almost buttery flavour, with some people saying it tastes almost fishy.