8 Superfoods We Use That You Might Not Have Heard Of
- Written by Alicia Drewnicki
- December 2, 2019
- 4 min read
Did you know that our Honestly Good Smoothies are packed full of superfoods? In fact, each recipe contains a mix of 5-7 organic fruits and/or vegetables, as well as nuts, seeds, and superfoods in a handy sachet. A lot of people are familiar with popular superfoods such as chia seeds, and goji berries, so we thought we’d run through some of the more unusual sueprfoods in our smoothies.
Here’s the Honestly Good rundown:
1) Camu Camu
What Is It: It’s a powder from a cherry-sized berry that grows naturally in the Amazon rainforest.
What’s Good About It: It’s packed full of Vitamin C, as well as antioxidants such as ellagic acid, and anthocyanins. It may help reduce inflammation in the body, help regulate blood pressue, and even improve blood sugar levels. (Source)
2) Maqui Berry
What Is It: Another amazing berry – maqui is a dark purple fruit that’s native to South America.
What’s Good About It: Maqui berry is praised for its high antioxidant content, which can help reduce your risk of chronic diseases. (In fact, it has almost three times as many antioxidants than blueberries). Research suggests it might help fight inflammation, and protect against heart disease. (Source)
3) Maca Root Powder
What Is It: Maca is actually a cruciferous vegetable (other cruciferous vegetables include kale and broccoli), which is grown in Peru. It’s used a lot in Peruvian cooking to give dishes an earthy flavour.
What’s Good About It: It’s thought to help with boosting energy and endurance, improving mood, and can even help boost libido. People also take maca to support fertility issues, menstrual problems, and hormonal imbalance. (Source).
4) Acai Berry
What Is It: A dark purple Brazilian fruit that grows on acai palm trees.
What’s Good About It: Similar to other berry superfoods, acai are also packed full of antioxidants, and may also help to improve cholesterol levels. Early research also suggests that they may help protect against cancer. (Source)
What Is It: Baobab is a type of tree that grows in 30+ African countries, as well as Australia, and the Middle East. The fruit dries naturally in the sun, and forms a coconut-style hard shell which is cracked open to reveal the dehydrated pulp, that then becomes a powder.
What’s Good About It: Not only is baobab a great source of vitamin C (which the body can’t produce on its own, so we need to get it from foods), but it’s also nearly 50% fibre, and can help slow down the release of sugar into the bloodstream. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, and can improve skin health. (Source)
What Is It: This fruit from Peru that is nicknamed “gold of the Incas” and resembles an unripe mango or an avocado, with a caramel/butterscotch type taste. (In Peru, it’s used a lot in desserts such as ice creams).
What’s Good About It: This wonder fruit is packed full of antioxidants, as well as iron, zinc, vitamin B3, beta carotene, calcium, protein, and more. It’s thought to have anti-ageing properties, as well as being great for stabilising blood sugar. (Source)
What Is It: Previously eaten by ancient Aztecs, spirulina is a blue-green coloured microalgae that grows both in oceans and lakes too, and is typically consumed in powder form.
What’s Good About It: High in protein, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B3, copper, and iron, this green powerful powder may have anti-cancer properties, anti-inflammatory effects, as well as reducing blood pressure. (Source)
8) Kelp Seaweed Powder
What Is It: Kelp powder comes from a brown seaweed plant that grows underwater on rocks in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
What’s Good About It: It’s packed full of iodine, as well as iron, manganese, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc and B vitamins. Being so nutrient-rich has lots of health benefits, and research suggests it can help fight inflammation, and even help support weight loss. (Source)
If you’d like to see which recipes contain which superfoods, we provide all our ingredients on our recipe page which you can see here.