The Latest Superfoods You Need to Know About
By Derek Beres for Completely You
Every morning, my breakfast consists of a smoothie. After a cup of warm water with lemon, my Vitamix awaits. I start with fruit, almond butter and coconut water, and then I add a range of superfoods -- foods that are high in certain nutrients or antioxidants. While some are well-known (e.g., broccoli and pumpkin), many are new to the American diet. Here are four of my delicious and nutritious favorites.
Superfood No. 1: Cacao
How to use cacao: In addition to adding a heaping tablespoon of powdered cacao to my morning smoothie, my favorite way to use cacao is to dip a whole bean into raw honey. That cuts some of the bitterness, without affecting any of the flavor. You can also sprinkle the nibs on granola. Delicious!
Superfood No. 2: Maca
How to use Maca: Maca is available in many forms, though you’ll most likely find it as a powder in the raw food section of Whole Foods. It has a strong horseradish flavor, so you need to go easy on it if you don’t want it to dominate whatever you’re eating. (I use about 1/4 teaspoon in my smoothie.) Maca can also be found in some raw chocolate truffles, which is a tasty way to try it.
Superfood No. 3: Hemp Seeds
How to use it: Sprinkle on salads or granola, or throw a heaping tablespoon or two in your almond milk–based smoothie.
Superfood No. 4: Yacon Syrup
This powerful superfood also promotes vitamin absorption and helps regulate your metabolism.
How to use it: Yacon is a wonderful addition to your morning smoothie. If you’re feeling a bit more decadent, you can try this favorite concoction of mine: one big scoop of frozen acai puree sprinkled with macadamia nuts, raw cacao nibs and shredded coconut, then topped with a squirt of Yacon syrup.What are your favorite superfoods?
Derek Beres is Completely You’s Getting Unstuck blogger. A journalist, yoga instructor and DJ/music producer, he has written for such publications as Departures and The Huffington Post. He teaches yoga at Equinox Fitness and Yogis Anonymous, and is one-half of the music production team EarthRise SoundSystem. For more info, visit DerekBeres.com.
is Completely You’s Getting Unstuck blogger. A journalist, yoga instructor and DJ/music producer, he has written for such publications as Departures and The Huffington Post. He teaches yoga at Equinox Fitness and Yogis Anonymous, and is one-half of the music production team EarthRise SoundSystem. For more info, visit DerekBeres.com.