What Are Superfoods?Superfoods are called “super” because of their nutritional density, and they often contain nutrients that are hard to find in other foods. The most common reason cited that superfoods are beneficial is because they’re high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are a type of molecule that occurs naturally in some foods. Antioxidants are highly praised because they’re essential to help reduce or even reverse the effects of free radicals, a natural byproduct of the body’s energy production. Free radicals are linked to various adverse health effects like heart disease, arthritis, stroke, immune deficiencies, cancer, and more. Of course, superfoods don’t cure health conditions or guarantee prevention from health problems, but including superfoods into a healthy diet can go a long way to helping you feel your best!
Types of SuperfoodsOne of our favorite superfoods at PlantX is the humble chickpea; for many years, it was seen as a bland salad topping in North America, but people worldwide have enjoyed the plethora of plant-based benefits of chickpeas for millennia. Also known as garbanzo beans, chickpeas are a type of legume that contains high levels of protein, iron, vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and they’re naturally low-fat and gluten-free! Chickpeas are incredibly versatile as a vegan ingredient and are lovely in hummus, falafel, curries, and baked or fried on their own as a crunchy snack! To enjoy some crunchy chickpeas in Mesquite BBQ or Sweet Sriracha, check out Bada Bean Bada Boom on our store, or try Banza Chickpea Pasta for a high-protein twist on pasta. Another favorite way to enjoy superfoods is through “super seeds” and ancient grains like sunflower seeds, amaranth, quinoa, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. These seeds and grains are bursting with nutrients like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, protein, iron, and magnesium. These super seeds are easily added to many recipes, so they’re great to have if you’re a home baker or enjoy a morning smoothie. For a great crunchy super seed treat, Purely Elizabeth Original Ancient Grain Granola is fantastic on top of yogurt, smoothies, or on its own
Quick and Easy Hot Chocolate Recipe (featuring Laird Superfood Creamer Cacao)Ingredients:
1 tbsp of Laird Superfood Creamer Cacao
1 cup of Oatly Barista milk (or milk of choice)
¼ tsp of vanilla extract
Plant-based whipped cream (optional topping)
- In a small saucepan, place milk, a dash of cinnamon, vanilla extract, and Laird Superfood Creamer into a small saucepan.
- Heat over low-medium heat, whisking frequently until warm.
- Pour you cocoa into a mug, and dollop with a spoonful of your favorite plant-based whipped cream.