How To Sneak Superfoods Into Your Recipes

Make All Your Meals Healthier By Sneaking Superfoods Into Your Favorite Recipes

By Alexis Wolfer

Between decadent desserts and rich side dishes, healthy eating isn’t at the forefront of most holiday meals. But it can be – without having to abstain from any of your favorite treats. The secret: superfoods.

By adding superfoods to your usual recipes, you can give your meals a super-food boost that will not only add a healthy twist to your favorite recipes, but also take a bit of the guilt out of your indulgences, all without having to compromise on flavor (at all!). Check out some of the superfoods we’ve grown to love below (and how we’re adding them to our next meal).

ACAI:

Rev up your energy levels and your metabolism with this berry known as the “beauty berry” – and for good reason! The antioxidants in this berry’s  juice battle free radicals that cause premature aging while also boosting the beauty of your hair, nails and skin.

Add 12oz of Acai Berry Juice to pre-packaged brownie mix in place of all other “wet” ingredients for a sweet treat with an even sweeter affect on your body and beauty.

GOJI:

This “happy berry” contains more beta-carotene than carrots, more iron than spinach and more protein than whole wheat.  It’s great for boosting your mood, increasing your energy levels and even helps you establish healthy sleep patterns! Plus, it can boost the immune system! Still not convinced? Goji juice is also loaded with an impressive amount of minerals, amino acids, fiber and unique ingredients found in no other food in the world.

Add Goji Berry Juice to mashed, steamed sweet potatoes or use goji berries in your salads!

BEE POLLEN:

It may sound odd, but bee pollen is actually quite popular among serious superfoodies. It contains all essential amino acids, vitamins A, B, C, and E, contains over 5,000 enzymes and thousands of phytonutrients. It increases energy, muscle growth, boosts immune system and has antioxidant properties.

Top desserts with this sweet treat for added super-food sweetness!

CACAO:

It’s natures healthy chocolate but, more than that, can also improve your mental clarity, support cardiovascular health and fight free radicals.

Add this superfood to anything chocolate! Or try this raw chocolate recipe rich in cacao!

POMEGRANATE:

This antioxidant-rich food is not only a delicious sweet treat all on its own, but also fights free radicals, making it great for anti-aging both inside and out – meaning it will help keep diseases far, far away and wrinkles even further!

Mix pomegranate seeds into salads or toss them with steamed or sautéed spinach or kale for a sweet burst of flavor that even health food skeptics will love.

FLAX SEEDS:

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, these ground seeds are anti-inflammatory, are important for bone health, help control blood pressure and promote digestive health.

Add some ground flax seeds to any savory dish, no one will even know they’re there!

CHIA SEEDS:

They’re high in protein, minerals, enzymes, fiber, calcium and the world’s richest source of Omega-3. Bottom line: there is a reason health foodies can’t stop talking about them.

Add chia seeds to casseroles, smoothies, bread puddings, or salads.

RAW, LOCAL HONEY:

Honey is good for more than just soothing that sore throat of yours. Rather, local, raw honey has even been shown to help prevent allergies.

Use raw, local honey as a sweetener in any sweet treat or mix it into your tea or coffee instead of those questionably healthy artificial sweeteners.

Learn how honey is good for your skin too!

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