2016 Hottest New Superfoods

                    

Move over blueberries and salmon. Every time you turn around, it seems theres a hot new superfood that you supposedly need to add to your diet, like, yesterday. But more often than not, these foods end up being more hype than healthy. So, Ive taken it upon myself to find out exactly which foods are really SUPER and which can be paired with your favorite ME protein & pre-workout supplements for an extra boost.

 

Blueberries, kale, salmonyouve heard countless times about the nutritional benefits of these everyday ingredients, commonly labeled superfoods.Theres no official scientific definition of a superfood, but its generally accepted that superfoods contain high levels of much-needed vitamins and minerals. They can also be a source of antioxidants, substances that shield our bodies from cell damage and help prevent disease. While there are a number of common foods that provide these nutrients, there is also an array of more exotic and less mainstream superfoods that are worth getting to know.

 

For 2016, give yourself a health boost with these lesser known powerhouse foods and how to pair them with ME to create a better you. 

 

Hemp Seeds

With a nutty flavor and impressive nutritional profile, hemp seeds are set to replace chia as the seed du jour. Not only are they a complete vegetarian protein (containing every essential amino acid your body needs), but hemp seeds are also full of fiber, vitamins, and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Eat them raw or toasted, sprout the seeds, grind them up, or steep them to make tea; this do-it-all seed goes well in everything from oatmeal to salads to protein shakes or smoothies.

My personal pick, I like to eat them toasted with my AminoFlo & 212 pre-workout for a little sustenance to fuel my workout on the go, or I toss them right in the blender with my chocolate T.R.U.T.H protein, almond milk and frozen bananas!

 

Chaga Tea

Chaga mushrooms are a seriously powerful member of the fungus family: Countless scientific studies indicate these shrooms are full of antioxidants and immunity-boosting properties. As strange as it sounds, chaga is actually best consumed as a brewed tea. This not only increases the bioavailability of nutrients in the mushrooms, but it also tastes delicious. Mix it with hot water for a basic brew, make a chaga chai latte with milk and spices, or use cold chaga tea as a liquid base in your morning protein shake with T.R.U.T.H vanilla wafer protein and your favorite fruit thrown in for extra flavor.

 

Haskap Berries

While blueberries, goji, and açai berries are frequently touted as the ultimate superfoods, theres a new fruit in town: Meet the haskap berry, a member of the honeysuckle family native to Canada, Russia, and northern Japan. Given their limited growing area, haskaps can be a challenge to find, but its well worth the effort: They best the other berries in terms of vitamins and micronutrients, and theyre high in fiber and potassium. Whether frozen, dried or in the form of a juice, jam or liqueur, haskaps potent powers will do your body good.

I went on a hunt for haskap berries after reading about them and not only added them to my blender in my T.R.U.T.H shakes for delicious taste, flavor and nutrients, but used the powder form mixed with PreCre, AminoFlo & 212 powders and found the taste to be even better while providing me with even more vitamins and nutrients to fuel my workouts.

 

Maple Water

In 2016, maple water is the new coconut water. For an electrolyte boost, this tasty low-cal liquid from the almighty maple tree cant be beat. A host of minerals, only a tiny amount of sugar, and lots of healthy plant compounds make this an ideal post-workout drink. Or add it to your tea or coffee for just a hint of sweetness and maple-y flavor.

Personally, I like to put maple water in my blender with vanilla wafer T.R.U.T.H protein, blueberries, banana and some almond milk. Or, if I am on the go it goes right in my shaker cup with T.R.U.T.H protein at the gym, giving me electrolytes to recover post workout along with my protein intake.

 

 

Cacao Nibs

Derived from the bean of the cocoa plant and ground up into smaller fragments, cacao nibs give your average dark chocolate bar a run for its money. They are crunchy, bursting with true chocolate taste, and they happen to be one of the most antioxidant-rich foods on earth. Snack on them solo, use them when baking in place of standard chocolate chips, or throw them in anything from ice cream to protein shakes for a one-two flavor punch. Theyll make you cuckoo for cocoa.

My absolute favorite way to eat Cacao nibs is to add to any T.R.U.T.H protein shake no matter the ingredient combo. The taste + antioxidants create a killer combo. I also like to garnish with them on top of my smoothie to really top it off. I also like to make what I call ME protein pudding by mixing a scoop or two of T.R.U.T.H (chocolate or vanilla), a splash of almond milk (a splash goes a LONG way) and a 1/2 cup of greek yogurt (can add more or omit entirely) and mix. Then, I top it off with Caco nibs to satisfy my protein packed sweet dessert craving!

 

Hemp Hearts

Hemp hearts are shelled and hulled seeds from the hemp plant and have a grassy and nutty flavor. They have the ideal omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid ratio. Further, 3 tablespoons pack a whopping 10 grams of protein. Typically eaten sprinkled on top of oatmeal and swapped for breadcrumbs in gluten-free dishes, but I like to add them in the blender to my T.R.U.T.H protein shakes in lieu of the nutty flavor from almond butter and then sprinkle a few more on top of my protein shake for an extra crunch.

 

Kañiwa

It took me a while to track this one down, but Kañiwa is a nutty, gluten-free grain like quinoa, kañiwa requires no rinsing. Its a fantastic source of plant-based protein and iron, plus it has fiber and calcium. To make, boil, then stir it into soups or sides. My favorite is to use it in a breakfast bowl with T.R.U.T.H vanilla wafer protein, almond milk and dried fruit. For me, it often takes the place of oats in many recipes and provides more nutritional benefits. 

 

Pitaya

Pityaya is the fruit of a Central American cactus and has a pink or white flesh and black seeds. Its mildly sweet and very refreshing. Its an excellent source of vitamin B²and magnesium, with less sugar than many other fruit.

What made me love this superfood was eating it by blending into smoothies with T.R.U.T.H chocolate or vanilla wafer protein or creating a Pitaya Power Smoothie bowl (see picture + recipe below). Your can find it fresh (and peeled) or frozen.

 

Pitaya Power Smoothie

Recipe

 

    •       7 ripe bananas, frozen overnight 

    •       1 red dragon fruit, frozen overnight

    •       2 tbsp coconut sugar (optional, but makes it very tasty)

    •       Toppings of your choice (I used pineapples, kiwi, and granola. I find that crunchy things make smoothies/ice cream taste real good so do try to add some crunchy toppings along with some fruits!)

    •       T.R.U.T.H vanilla wafer protein

 

Directions

 

    1.     Put the frozen bananas, coconut sugar & dragon fruit (cut into small chunks), into a high speed blender/food processor. Blend until it turns nice & smooth, add in the coconut sugar, T.R.U.T.H vanilla wafer protein and blend again. (I don't add any water, but you can add a little if needed to help it blend).

    2.     Scoop into a  bowl, top with your favorite toppings!

 

 

 

Pitaya Breakfast Bowl

 

Pitaya Plus, the company that makes the frozen puree, is the product that I tried. Aside from making a raw, single ingredient, additive free puree, they are on a mission to help struggling farming communities in Central America, getting local farms certified, and taking their sustainably grown fruit to the larger market.

 

Recipe

 

2 packages frozen pitaya puree (dragon fruit puree)

1-2 bananas

1/2 cup frozen berries

1/2 cup almond milk

1 scoop T.R.U.T.H vanilla wafer protein

1 tbsp almond butter or or your favorite nut butter or try hemp hearts (see above 2016 superfood!)

 

Directions

 

Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Divide between bowls and garnish with bee pollen, goji berries and hemp hearts. You can also enjoy it as a smoothie.

 

 

 

ACAI Berry Smoothie Bowl

 

Although this article stuck with NEW lesser known superfoods, I figured I should also share a long time favorite and how I kick it up a notch with ME. I love a good smoothie bowl in the morning, especially if it is a thick, rich, and creamy acai berry bowl full of antioxidant rich acai berries and raw fruits, vegetables and packed with T.R.U.T.H protein.

 

Recipe

    •       1 packet of frozen organic acai berry pulp

    •       2 heaping handfuls of organic spinach

    •       1 frozen banana

    •       ½ cup coconut milk, unsweetened

    •       2 tablespoons of chia seeds (soaked for at least 20 minutes in some of the coconut milk) or try hemp seeds

    •       dash of cinnamon

    •       ice as needed to thicken (but the frozen fruit might be enough)

    •       1 scoop of T.R.U.T.H vanilla wafer protein

 

Directions

 

    1      Simply add all ingredients into your Vitamix or high speed blender until thick and creamy.

    2      The texture should be very thick, if too thick then add more almond or coconut milk.

    3      If you stick a spoon into the mixture the mixture should be able to be thick enough to stay on the spoon, if not add ice or more frozen bananas.

    4      Eat after making.

    5      Enjoy!

 

Super Green Protein Smoothie Bowl with Matcha & Ginger

 

Although not the newest superfood kids on the block, I had to include one game changer smoothie!

Packed with healthy superfoods and a little caffeine kick from matcha powder, this creamy green smoothie bowl makes a satisfying breakfast. Chia seeds and oats add density and fiber, while mango and fresh ginger add sweetness and spice. T.R.U.T.H vanilla wafer lends itself to adding the best protein to this smoothie bowl!

 

Recipe

 

                •       1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (gluten free available)

                •       2 teaspoons chia seeds

                •       1 cup coconut-milk beverage or almond milk

                •       1/2 ripe avocado

                •       1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled, roughly chopped

                •       1 cup frozen mango cubes

                •       2 heaping handfuls of loosely packed baby spinach

                       Juice and zest of 1 lime

                       Splash of organic agave for a touch of sweetness (or your favorite sweetner)

                •       1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter or hemp hearts

                •       1/2 teaspoon matcha (green tea powder)

                •       Unsweetened coconut flakes, granola, and/or raspberries (for serving)

                       1 scoop of vanilla wafer T.R.U.T.H protein          

                       Handful of cacao nibs to garnish with

                       Handful of toasted Coconut to garnish with

 

Directions

Soak oats and chia seeds in coconut milk in a small bowl at least 10 minutes and up to

overnight. Transfer to a blender and add avocado, T.R.U.T.H protein, ginger, agave, mango,

spinach, almond butter, and matcha. Puree until smooth, then divide among 2 bowls. Top with

coconut, cacao nibs, granola, and/or raspberries and serve.

 

Meal Prep ahead of time: To shorten prep time in the morning, soak oats and chia seeds the night before. Assemble all other ingredients except the avocado in a resealable container or blender pitcher and refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, combine soaked oats and chia, avocado, and refrigerated ingredients in blender and puree until smooth.

 

 

Tumeric Avocado Banana Protein Smoothie Bowl

 

For the smoothie bowl flavors, I decided on an avocado, turmeric, banana, and spinach base with a plethora of fresh and dried toppings including coconut shreds, flax seeds, crushed almonds. 

 

 

Recipe

(Makes 2 Servings)

    •       3 previously peeled and frozen bananas

    •       1 cup almond milk

    •       1/8 cup turmeric (tip: save the peels and submerge them in tea for a turmeric tea)

    •       1/4 ripe avocado

    •       3 cups of organic loose spinach (or any green of your choice, really)

    •       3 medjool dates

    •       1 scoop T.R.U.T.H vanilla wafer protein

 

Direction

Put into your Vitamix and blend baby, blend!

 

For toppings, you can add anything you desire. I personally like to add coconut shreds, flax seeds, pomegranate seeds, haskap see above (new superfood in lieu of goji berries), blood oranges and granola.

 

 

Strawberry Chia Smoothie Bowl

 

This Strawberry Chia Smoothie Bowl is a healthy way to start your day. Add sliced fruit and nuts for some extra crunch.

 

Drinking my breakfast is fine when Im on the go, but sometimes its nice to have something other than a smoothie. But if I resort to having eggs or granola instead, I find myself missing my morning breakfast-in-a-glass. Some mornings are just meant for lingering over the first meal of the day and a smoothie bowl like a Strawberry Chia T.R.U.T.H Smoothie Bowl. I can have the best of both worlds: a protein packed smoothie, and something to sit down and enjoy with a spoon.

 

Recipe

    •       1 cup organic strawberries

    •       1 frozen banana, sliced

    •       ¾ cup milk (rice, almond, cashew, etc.)

    •       1 teaspoon vanilla

    •       1 scoop T.R.U.T.H protein (chocolate or vanilla)

    •       1 teaspoon honey (or more, depending on the sweetness of your strawberries and banana)

    •       2 tablespoons chia seeds or try hemp seeds

    •       sliced strawberries, bananas, cacao nibs and flaked almonds for garnish

 

Blend first 7 ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into bowls and garnish with sliced

strawberries, bananas, cacao nibs and flaked almonds.

Green Tea Lime Pie Protein Smoothie Bowl

 

This is one of my all-time favorite smoothie bowls! Dig into the tropical flavors of lime, coconut, banana, and avocado with some baby spinach and Matcha green tea powder thrown in for an extra boost. The flavor reminds me of the creamy, tart and sweet, Key Lime Pie!

 

Recipe

    •       1/2 cup coconut water

    •       1 cup fresh baby spinach

    •       1 large frozen banana

    •       packed 1/4 cup avocado

    •       2 teaspoons lime zest*

    •       1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

    •       2-3 ice cubes

    •       2 teaspoons pure maple syrup, or to taste

    •       1/2 teaspoon Matcha green tea powder

    •       1 scoop vanilla wafer T.R.U.T.H protein

 

Topping Ideas

    •       Granola

    •       Sliced banana and mango

    •       Melted coconut butter

    •       Large flake dried coconut

    •       Lime zest

    •       Hemp hearts

 

Directions

    1      Add all the smoothie ingredients into a high speed blender and blend on high until smooth. Adjust sweetness if desired.

    2      Pour into a bowl and sprinkle on the toppings of your choice. Enjoy with a spoon!