Smoothies featuring superfood

Goji Berries: The Ultimate Superfood

Goji Berries: The Ultimate SuperfoodThe goji berry is an excellent superfood to add to your next smoothie. Not only do they provide you with protein, trace minerals, and an assortment of other nutrients, they taste great!

The mild, tangy flavor of these small, pink berries will add an interesting taste of sweet and sour to your next smoothie. Don’t stop at smoothies, though. You can eat these berries plain as a snack, in a trail mix, on your oatmeal, on a green salad, or in a tea.

Goji berries are also known as wolfberries. The berry is reddish pink and grows on an evergreen shrub that is native to Asia and southeastern Europe. The plant, called Lycium barbarum, is in the nightshade family which also includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and chili peppers. The berries are usually sold and consumed dried.

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What is Cacao and why is it perfect for Smoothies?

What is Cacao and why is it perfect for Smoothies?Cacao is the origin of all things chocolate. If you love hot cocoa, chocolate bars, chocolate milk, and chocolate chip cookies, you can thank the cacao bean from the cacao tree.

The tree is an evergreen that is native to the tropics of South and Central America. The tree produces a pod, or fruit, each of which contains between 20 and 60 seeds. These seeds are the cacao beans and are the part of the plant that is the main ingredient in chocolate.

To make chocolate from cacao beans, the beans and pulp are removed from the pods and left out to dry. The pulp ultimately liquefies and drips away, leaving just the dried beans. The process of drying is important to developing the flavor of the beans. If done incorrectly, or interrupted, the beans will not taste right.

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The Numerous Health Benefits of Coconuts and Coconut Oil

Coconut OilOne of the tastiest of all superfoods is the delightful coconut. Whether you eat the meat of the fruit, drink the water or milk, or use the oil, you can get some serious health benefits and even improve your appearance with this tropical food.

One of the striking and unusual features of the coconut compared to other fruits is the amount of water it contains. This water has provided important hydration for people for thousands of years. In addition to the water in the young fruits, people have always eaten the meat, or the white part of the fruit. The milk, which is the juice made from the meat has also been consumed.

One of the most important and most commonly used byproduct of the coconut today is the oil. It is used extensively both internally and externally, and perhaps most commonly consumed for weight loss and increased energy. Coconut oil is comprised primarily of medium chain fats, which the body uses for energy as opposed to storing as fat.

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Chia Seeds: Nutritional Powerhouse and Perfect Smoothie Ingredient

Chia Seeds: Nutritional Powerhouse and Perfect Smoothie IngredientSmoothies are excellent vehicles for superfoods. These are ingredients that contain several nutrients that will improve your health in many different ways. Chia seeds are one such superfood, and yes these are the same seeds that grow hair-like grass on ceramic figurines :)

The chia plant, or Salvia hispanica, is a flowering plant related to mint that is native to Guatemala and southern Mexico. From historical records, it is known that the Aztecs cultivated chia before the Spanish explorers arrived and many historians believe that it may have been part of their food staples alongside maize. The people of this region still eat chia seeds today and either grind them up or eat them whole.

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What is Maca and why should I put it in my Smoothie?

Maca Root Powder - Andean SuperfoodSpend any time learning about how to get healthy, increase your stamina, boost your energy or strengthen your immune system, and you’re bound to come across thousands of rave reviews about “Maca”. Maca has been highly regarded for centuries as a miracle food so it’s no surprise it has become a recent addition to the “must have” nutrient list for smoothies.

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