When I was a kid I used to be sick during winter between 3-4 times. Crazy thing is, I got kind of used to it and I persuaded myself that I might be born with a poor immun system. I tried really hard to get my daily dose of vitamins in and it made me almost mad that I still got sick on such a regular basis.
Anyway, when I started to sneak in superfoods like goji berries in my muesli, Spirulina in my Chai pudding, Chlorella over my salad I did not really expect something to change or happen. It was only after two year when i noticed that I just caught the flu one time last winter. I am not saying that these “superfoods” are kind of panacea (and if yes then hell yes how cool ;)) but I have to agree that I am feeling much more energized overall. I am not stressing myself to take in superfoods everyday, I just like to add them here and there whenever I am feeling like a little extra kick.
So listed below I have my top three recipes including superfoods. you can find all the recipes on my blog.
Simply sneaked in some Acai powder in the sauce.
Have you already tried my raw Lime Wheatgrass Cake? Nathalie did and look how beautiful her cake turned out (@nathaliedaousader)
Raw Cakes are a great way to sneak in Superfoods like powders such as Acai. Since you do not heat up anything in raw cakes it won’t destroy the nutrients within the superfoods.
Check out my Blueberry Raw Cake and also have a looka t the beautiful remakes of
@reneebourke @flywithcarola @rebeccas_vegan_journey (from left to right)
Hope you like these inspirations! Of course there are also much simpler methods such as just adding it to a smoothie or into a smoothie bowl but I guess you can experiment on your own when it comes to smoothies 😉
Let me introduce you to this easy vegan banana berry smoothie that will even surprise non-vegans:
Banana Berry Smoothie, layered jar with quinoa and topped with crunchy rawnola
Not that this breaky is 100% sugarfree it also gives you all the nutrients you need to get through the day. I love smoothies but sometimes I need something more that fills me up in the morning. So in this jar, I pimped a normal smoothie with puffed Quinoa and crunchy rawnola. Sometimes when I feel like, I add some superfoods to my smoothies, like Maca powder, Baobab or Spirulina. Read more about superfoods below and have a look at the recipe after you have take a look at the Smoothie when it fell….
For the smoothie you need:
2 bananas (ripe and frozen)
raspberries (frozen or fresh)
1 small splash of almond milk
1/4 tbsp cinnamon
stevia (I usually use two small tabs, but there is also liquid or powdered stevia available)
(any other sweetener works at well, and if you don’t have any don’t worry the bananas are already sweet like candy 🙂
Optional: Maca powder (the best maca powder is from Organicburst
People often ask me what superfoods I use and why I use them and whether it is necessary.
I think I first got in touch with superfoods when I heard about Maca powder. I also remember that I had no clue that it is different to Matcha powder. wuups…Well, during the last months I learned a lot more about superfoods and I like to show you what kinds of I currently use and like the most.
My favorite at the moment is Acai powder. This is due to the reason that I really enjoy the taste and second it gives me some of the nutrients I really need as a vegan 27 years old girl. According to the HealthysmoothieHQ, Acai berries contain a nearly complete protein profile. A complete protein is one that contains all of the amino acids, or building blocks of protein, that your body cannot manufacture on its own. Foods with a complete protein profile include meat, dairy, and soy. Acai has nearly all of the necessary amino acids and its protein profile is more complete than most fruits.
So thumbs up for Acai smoothies, bowls and Nicecreams!
Other superfoods I use, are as mentioned above Maca powder as well as Baobab powder. Their taste is really earthy and the Baobab has a sweet note which combines nicely with Carob powder in a nicecream.
Superfoods I use for shots or just in small amounts are Spirulina, Chlorella and Wheatgras. They have amazing health benefits but I think sometimes it is hard to combine them due to their let’s say rather unusual/not chocolaty flavor 😉
I think it is worth to include superfoods such as mentioned above in your diet. Of course this foods are expensive but it is something worth investing in. And you don’t need them daily! Just here and there, sneak them in your menu and feel the power coming from inside.
First time I managed to do a tart and luscious raspberry smoothie with a heavenly carob sauce!
Still I cannot decide: Is it really better than chocolate sauce.
As you know I’m a chocolate lover. Sometimes I feel like I am the only person, who craves chocolate twice or multiple times a day? How can people even just eat one piece of chocolate? Good thing, I don’t really like other sweets (candy, store-bought sweets, nut pies)
So to be honest: When you love chocolate, it’s hard to find a replacement with the same flavor and consistency. Making a carob sauce instead of chocolate sauce is a good alternative and the closest thing I could find when it comes to chocolate.
By doing some research about carob I found that carob is naturally sweet, low in fat and further high in fiber. Traditionally, it was used to soothe an upset stomach and this is why I got it back on the plate when I had this annoying stomach flu. Further benefits of carob include:
1) Carob tannins contain Gallic acid that works as an analgesic, anti-allergic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and antiseptic.
2) Carob improves digestion and lowers cholesterol level in the blood.
It is used for treating diarrhea in children and adults alike.
3) Since it does not contain caffeine, carob benefits people with high blood pressure.
4) Regular use of carob helps in preventing lung cancer.
5) The vitamin E content in carob helps in treating cough, flu, anemia and osteoclasis.
6) The Gallic acid in carob helps in preventing and treating polio in children.
7) Carob fights against osteoporosis, due to its richness in phosphorus and calcium.
So, I usually pour sauce over my smoothie or Nana Icecream or yeah basically over everything:)
Since I feel like carob pairs up really well with raspberries, I made this combo!
I love the sweetness and freshness from the raspberries melting in with the herb “chocolaty” taste of the carob!
Don’t miss to try this recipe. It is simple, healthy, (can be made nut-free), vegan and sugar free!
1 Frozen Banana
1/2 Cup of Frozen Mango
1/2 Cup of Raspberries (fresh or frozen)
6 oz of almond milk (or a non-dairy nut free milk)
1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest
Blend all the ingredients for at least one minute in a blender. If you don’t have a strong blender I advise you to blend the bananas first and then add the rest of the ingredients. Or take the bananas out of the freezer and let them sit for some minutes.
2 tbsp carob powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp warm water
In a mini bowl add all the ingredients and combine. If you like a more liquid texture as in my picture add the amount of water in the recipe. In case you fancy a more thick chocolate sauce just go with 1-2 tbsp of water. And one last thing. The smart brain sees that when compared with the picture there will be much more sauce. (After you took a pretty picture just pour ALL THAT SAUCE over the smoothie!)
1 frozen banana
1 small beetroot
1 handful of frozen raspberries
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1 small handful of kale
1 pinch of cinnamon
Blend everything together and decorate with a celery stick
Pink Vegan Glow (own creation)
1 cup vanillasoy yogurt
1/3 cup orange juice
1/2 cup boysenberry
1/3 cup strawberries
1/3 cup raspberries
1/3 cup blueberries
1 large ripe frozen banana
Blend everything together and decorate with roasted coconut.