If you tend to do better with health resolutions that encourage good behavior versus discourage bad ones (i.e. “do enjoy veggies” works better than “don’t eat bacon”), I’ve got a tip for you: Try superfoods.
I’ve been on a health kick lately — which first meant that my kitchen filled up with lots of fruits and veggies, and now means that it’s packing a lot of superfood powders like raw cacao, maca, and mesquite — each known to contain lots of nutritional benefits. In fact, I’ve gotten quite addicted to the Navitas Naturals line of all organic, raw superfoods — because they’re so conveniently available at Whole Foods.
So I was excited to get a sample of the latest product in their line: maqui powder. This freeze-dried, raw, organic berry powder’s not much to look at in its raw form — but packs a powerful antioxidant punch. With it, I made raw Maqui Fudge Truffles — adapted from a Navitas Naturals recipe (that recipe calls for lucuma powder and sugar, which I didn’t have on hand). Here’s one raw recipe that doesn’t require any special tools, so try making it yourself:
2 tablespoons maqui berry powder
2 tablespoons maca powder
1 tablespoons mesquite powder
½ cup cacao powder
5 tablespoons coconut oil
¼ cup agave nectar
In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients with a fork. Add the coconut oil and agave, and mix again, using your hands to knead the mixture to combine well. Roll into 1-inch balls and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to solidify.
Just one or two of these will satisfy your chocolate cravings; the maqui powder adds a nice fruity taste!
Of course, the really great thing about superfoods is that many come in powder form — which makes them easy to just throw in smoothies. Not a smoothie fan? Then I recommend mulberries, a protein rich fruit that also contains iron, calcium, vitamin C, fiber, and Resveratrol. I like to throw these into oatmeal as a less sweet alternative to raisins — or simply eat them straight out of the bag! They are much tastier than goji berries — a superfood that my tastebuds just aren’t a fan of.
What is your favorite superfood?