You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to have some fun in the kitchen. Making simple foods into a “concoction” is fun and easy! The bonuses include rich flavor, protein boosts, and variety!
The next time you're mixing up some oatmeal, yogurt, granola, smoothies, salads, dressing, soup, omelets or cooked veggies, consider at least one of these to make it exciting and yummy!
Another plus is that most of these ingredients last at least a year in the pantry, so you may buy them in bulk to save money. It’s easy to add “superfood” to all your meals and look like a pro in the kitchen!
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In addition to being great in oatmeal and granola, raisins add complementary flavor to rice pilafs, curries, and bean salads — I throw them in everything! Among many other health benefits, raisins are rich in iron and copper, which vegetarians (or people with anemia) often need to supplement. Don’t be fooled by the high sugar content; raisins can actually help control blood sugar levels!
Most likely you’ve heard the hype over chia by now, and it's well earned. Chia seeds boost your meals with protein, omega-3s, fiber and several vitamins! They don’t add much flavor to foods, but I also like to soak them in water overnight and then drink them, the texture is fun, plus they're more easily digested and absorbed after being soaked.
Maca stimulates the master glands of the body giving an energy boost, including sexual energy and function. It has a desert-y, almost coffee-like flavor, so I like it with sweeter foods such as smoothies. You can also use it with vegetables or even in herbal tea.
Packed with protein and omega-3s, hemp seeds provide a “nutty” taste. Try them mixed into a green smoothie.
Powdered peanut butter
Imagine the delicious flavor and the protein of peanut butter without all the oil. Two tablespoons of powdered peanut butter has only 45 calories and 1.5g of fat! I like to mix it with granola and almond milk, or in my crazy smoothies.
Flaxseed contains fiber and omega-3s, and I love to put a ton in yogurt to make it hearty. The best part about flaxseed is that it adds great flavor, so really it's good on everything. You can even replace eggs with flax meal and water (1:3 ratio) in baked goods!
It has more protein and amino acid than animal sources! It's great for making desserts with no added sugars, and is especially awesome for those smoothies that include everything but the kitchen sink.