Spinach, salmon, pomegranate, quinoa; also known under the name Super Food, these ingredients eaten daily are recognized as nutritious and beneficial to our health. There is no formal scientific definition of super food, but it is generally accepted by its high levels of vitamins and minerals necessary for the body. They can also be a source of antioxidants, contain substances that protect the body against cellular damage and help prevent many diseases. While there are a number of common foods that provide these nutrients, there are also exotic and less traditional foods that are worth knowing…
1. Goji Berries
Goji berries are now very common on the shelves of natural and healthy supermarkets, and for good reason since they contain a lot of vitamin C, detoxify the body, promote weight loss and reduce the risk of heart problems. Native of Tibet and Mongolia, these red-orange berries were used for centuries by Chinese herbal vendors to treat eye diseases, poor circulation and to help boost the immune system. Scientific research must still support these claims, but it is undeniable that Goji berries are rich in herbal antioxidants. These berries are eaten in a smoothie, in your cereal, in salads or as is. If you want to discover this wonderful ingredient, visit one of our Moca Loca branches to sip our Gojiccino, a beverage made from a Goji berry concentrate.
2. Chia Seeds
Originally from Mexico, the seeds rich in nutrients have become fashionable among consumers of super foods. And this is not a surprise since these seeds contain six times the calcium of milk, three times the iron of spinach, as much vitamin C as seven oranges and eight times more omega-3 than salmon. If you are someone who does not eat a lot of fish, adding chia seed to your recipes is a great way to get omega-3 in your diet. They have a great taste and crunch and a nutty flavor. They can be added to smoothies, muffins, cereals, salads or sautéed.
3. Hemp seeds
Despite their relationship with marijuana, hemp seeds contain no trace of psychoactive elements. Rather, these seeds provide many health benefits, including: weight loss, energy increase, rapid recovery from an illness or injury and low cholesterol and blood pressure. Hemp seeds are high in protein and have a high level of fatty acids such omega-6 and omega-3. They have a very mild taste. So you can add them to soups, salads and pesto. In addition, you can also purchase hemp milk and add it to your favorite recipes. At Moca Loca, we like to marry our hemp milk with matcha green tea to get a sweet and healthy beverage.
Called “the new beef”, “queen of greens” and “nutritional powerhouse”, kale is composed of all kinds of beneficial elements, some of which have powerful medicinal properties. Indeed, the number of vitamins offered by a single cup of this little-known vegetable is extremely high, compared to other nutritious vegetables known. After one study, kale showed high antioxidant effects, in addition to help repair cellular DNA and slow the growth of cancer cells. With its content of sulforaphane, kale protects against cancer and heart risks. It also has properties that relieve pulmonary congestion and which are beneficial to your stomach, liver and immune system. This miraculous vegetable is eaten in a salad like our ” Moca Loca Detox Salad “, in a vegetable stir fry, in pasta, in soups or in your morning smoothie.
5. Green coffee beans
While the traditional black coffee is made from roasted coffee beans, green coffee drinks are made using non-roasted coffee beans. Green coffee bean extracts have shown many health benefits such as weight loss, blood pressure reduction, improved mood and cognitive memory and other antioxidant benefits. The main components of green coffee that are responsible for these benefits seems to be caffeine and chlorogenic acid, a type of antioxidant, although some effects are influenced by factors other than these compounds. This ingredient can be tasted as a beverage using fruity green coffee syrups, all so delicious and healthy!