How to Use: Acai, Goji, Maca and More

August 08, 2016

Are you seeing more and more interesting or “exotic super foods in your supermarket? Do you know how to use them? Here is SupermarketGuru’s guide to buying and knowing what to do with super foods when you get home.

Exotic super foods may seem like an intimidating addition to your pantry and daily culinary routine - but it's all fairly simple, but involves some patience and experimenting. Don't be intimidated as these foods can bring you unique flavors and health benefits. Find out how to use various superfoods here. 

Acai is not as sweet as your typical berry, but are a great source of antioxidants, protein, fiber, trace minerals, as well as omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. Acai is renowned for its protective properties against free radicals as well as boosting cell defense. Use a spoonful of acai powder in smoothies desserts, breakfast oatmeal or yogurt; it will go a long way to boosting health.

Camu Camu is another exotic Amazonian berry that is extraordinarily high in vitamin C as well as the amino acids valine, leucine, and serine. Camu has a tart and tangy flavor and is a great addition to smoothies, veggie dips, hummus and even citrus desserts.

Goji berries are one of the most nutritionally-rich fruits on the planet, packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and antioxidants. The goji berry flavor resembles a combination of cranberries and cherries and is a great addition to trail mix, granola, morning oatmeal, healthy cookies, yogurt or cottage cheese, blended in a smoothie, or just plain as a snack.

Maca is a root vegetable grown high in the Peruvian Andes andhas a well-known reputation dating back into pre-history as a powerful enhancer to stamina, strength and libido. Maca is found powdered and can be added into your breakfast oatmeal, used to make granola, stirred into soups or sauces like mole, and can even be uses as a flour alternative! Get creative!

Mesquite is a leguminous tree that makes its home in some of the driest climates on Earth. With its molasses-like flavor and a slight hint of caramel, you may have already enjoyed mesquite in a variety of foods. Try experimenting with mesquite in recipes that call for molasses or brown sugar, but remember to add more liquid if substituting for molasses. Mesquite can also be used in smoothies, added to grilling marinades, chili, or other hearty soups, ketchup and more.

Of course adding new flavors can take time to get used to, but get creative, be patient (with recipe substitutions) and try some of these superfoods today!

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