Brr…it’s not only cold out there, it is quick becoming cold and flu season. As winter shivers bear down upon you, it’s a good time to learn how to pepper superfoods into your meals. “Superfood” is an unscientific general term that is used to describe foods that are incredibly nutrient-dense and have purported, but not necessarily scientifically proven, medical benefits.
The list of superfoods is long and includes edibles like raw cow milk, almond milk, salmon, asparagus, broccoli rabe, sweet potatoes, flax seed, chia, wheat grass, avocados, black rice, amaranth, dandelion greens, fermented foods, mango, blueberries, a raft of spices (like turmeric, ginger and cinnamon) and other plant-based and fresh foods. Each of these foods has a high concentration of a nutrient or compound that might help reduce inflammation or boost your immune system.
You know what makes a superfood more super? When it joins with other superfoods and melds into a nutrient-dense recipe with potential antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties! A simple one to start with is Superfood Hot Chocolate by The Healthy Maven. Do yourself a favor and go check out the website now! The woman is hilarious, smart and a great cook. Just reading her stuff will give you the immune boosting benefit of laughter. Her write-up on Superfood Hot Chocolate is worth a read.
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Superfood Hot Chocolate Recipe
Here’s the basic recipe:
– Bring 2 cups non-dairy milk, like almond milk, to a boil over medium heat.
– Lower heat and whisk in 2 tablespoons raw cacao or cocoa.
– Stir in 1 teaspoon of maca powder, ¼ teaspoon turmeric, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and honey to taste.
– Whisk in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
Drink up! It’s full of superfood ingredients with these stellar reputations…
Cacao is full of antioxidants, iron and calcium. It might also boost your mood. Cocoa is a decent substitute if you can’t find raw cacao. But it does lose some potency when it’s processed.
Maca Root (Peruvian Ginseng) is high in Vitamin C, copper, iron and other vitamins and minerals.
Unsweetened Almond Milk is considered a superfood because it’s low in calories, doesn’t cause blood sugar to spike, is high in fiber and vitamins like C, B, E, folate and many minerals like calcium, iron and more to boost bone, muscle, heart and brain health.
Cinnamon has been reported to lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and reduce inflammation. Some studies say it has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and antiviral properties.
Turmeric is known for its golden color and qualities that match. Many claim it is a strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory that has far-reaching health benefits.
Coconut Oil has recently gained attention as a superfood because it is easy to digest and has lipids and acids that have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiviral properties.
Superfood Hot Chocolate is one example of a growing base of superfood recipes. It takes 5 minutes to make. Try it! Who knows? It could give you the brain boost you need to create your own superfood combinations!