Plant-based superfoods are popular, and for good reason! Whether you're a full-blown plant lover or you just know you need more produce in your life, there are superfoods that can help you. They can give you more energy and vitality every day, reduce inflammation and protect against disease. Even Dr. Oz is talking about the wonders of a plant-based diet on national television lately. So let's look at the top vegan super foods that can rock your world even if you're an omnivore.
This Amazonian tree gave us chocolate, so it must be magical! But truly, cacao has many health benefits to offer you. The antioxidants in cacao have many powers. Research suggests that cacao can help:
That really does make it a true superfood!
Add it to: Your smoothies, desserts, drinks – the options are endless with cacao. It even goes nicely with savory dishes, adding a rich flavor. If you want to stick to eating chocolate, make sure you look for at least 70% cacao content for the greatest health benefits.
This traditional Peruvian root has taken the world by storm with its health benefits. Maca is actually related to other cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, and is packed to the brim with vitamin C. But that's not all it has to offer. Maca may help to:
It's no wonder why the native Peruvians were so fond of this superfood.
Add it to: Smoothies, oats, desserts and even sauces. Maca adds a subtle nutty, earthy flavor to dishes.
They started off as our friends when we grew chia pets. But now we've realized that chia seeds have much more to offer us than just a pet. Chia seeds may help to:
So if you want a super healthy tummy and body, add this super seed into your diet.
Add it to: Puddings, smoothies, yogurt, cereal – anything that contains liquid, really! Just remember that it will soak up a lot of liquid, so you might need to add extra.
Flaxseed is chia's seedy cousin, but it offers plenty of benefits too. Flax is a vegan's dream, offering even more anti-inflammatory omega-3s per serve than chia. But that's just one of the benefits of adding it into your diet. Flaxseed may help to:
This ancient seed just might be the plant world's answer to our anti-inflammatory needs!
Add it to: The same options as chia. Both chia and flax can also be used as replacements for eggs in recipes – just remember to gel them first, so they bind properly.
It wouldn't be a superfood list without turmeric. The darling of the health world, this anti-inflammatory superstar out-performs even medications in its benefits. The research supports that turmeric may:
It certainly earns its reputation as one of the most potent superfoods in the world!
Add it to: Curries, beverages, desserts, smoothies, snacks… there's not much that turmeric can't be added to. The earthy flavor lends itself to both savory and sweet dishes. Just remember to include a pinch of black pepper and a fat source for optimal absorption.
The sea has much to share with us. Seaweed is the super-vegetable of the ocean, so it's time to get acquainted. Each type of seaweed has slightly different nutrient levels, antioxidants and benefits – just like vegetables. But we do know that seaweed may help:
All of these health perks add up to a superfood status in our eyes. It's also a super affordable option to add in if you're on a tight budget.
Add it to: Soups, salads, and of course sushi dishes. Seaweed gives a salty flavor that reminds you of the beach – how dreamy!
This one is fairly new to the market, although it is ancient in origin. A powder made of an African fruit, it has plenty to offer. Although research is still in the early stages, it's believed baobab may:
That sounds like a good starting point for a new superfood. Who knows what else this super fruit may offer us?
Add it to: Smoothies, yogurt, oats, desserts – best with sweet dishes, but that doesn't mean you can't add a sprinkle to savory options too.
Imagine you took all of the benefits of green tea, and then concentrated it into a super-dose. That's exactly what matcha is. Matcha is green tea in a powder form, so you can consume a higher dose easily. That means that matcha can potentially help:
So why not get a super dose of green tea goodness by enjoying matcha on the regular?
Add it to: Your latte in the morning instead of coffee. Or include it in snacks, smoothies and desserts – there's plenty of recipes online for delicious matcha creations! Matcha has a slight bitter flavor, so use it in small doses when paired with a sweet treat.
So what superfood will you add in today? Are there any you'd like us to feature in our recipes section? Share with us below.