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Ingredients we Love: Superfood Superstars

Ingredients we Love: Superfood Superstars

We love all of the nutrient dense, whole food ingredients that go into our products, but there are a few standout superfoods that bring an extra level of awesomeness to our recipes. All of these ingredients can be found in our locally-made products to help you get a boost of super powers into your everyday meals. Read on to meet some of the favorite superfood superstars at Life Foods!

Chia: The same seeds that made Chia Pets so famous a few decades ago have found their way into the mainstream again, but this time for their truly wondrous healing qualities. Chia seeds, despite their tiny size, are powerful in many ways. Loaded with healthy fats, protein, fiber and calcium, these little seeds are a great boost for your body everyday. Adding a few tablespoons of chia to your salads, oatmeal or smoothie can make a big difference in your daily health. Chia can help reduce risk of diabetes by regulating blood sugar levels (due to the high fiber and protein content), improve metabolism to provide more energy and boost your day with zinc, magnesium, calcium, and iron. As a bonus, chia seeds are a great binder for vegan baked goods, and we use them in our Superfoods Burger to give it that great texture.

Garlic: Not only does garlic help keep vampires away, its potent medicinal properties will help your body in lots of other ways too! Garlic garlichas been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating back to the time of the Egyptian pyramids. Its use is guaranteed to transform any meal into a bold, aromatic, and healthy culinary experience.  Not only does it make everything taste better, this little root is high in antioxidants, helping to prevent cell damage, helps boost immunity, reduces the risk of heart disease and reduce the risk of cancer. Garlic is a member of the Lily family and is a related to similarly pungent alliums like onions, leeks and chives. You can find garlic in most of our products, including the Superfoods Burger and our spicy Aloha Kimchi.

Maqui Berry: Native to South America, the tiny purple maqui (pronounced maa-key) berry is most famous for its super high antioxidant count. Antioxidants help the immune system fight off free-radicals that can damage our cells; maqui also has great anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to support healthy joints and cardiovascular function. According to myths, maqui berry was eaten by the Mapuche Indians and was reported to give unusual strength and stamina for warriors. You can find maqui berries in powder form at your local health food store or online, or get your daily dose in our Superfoods Burger with Immunity Boost and our famous Maqui Berry Balsamic Salad Dressing.

Maca: Native to the Andes region of Peru, the tiny maca root was first used over 2,000 years ago by the Incas for health, energy and endurance. In the 1960s and again in the 1980s, German and North American scientists rekindled interest in this native plant while conducting research in Peru. The outstanding nutrient profile has made maca a highly sought after ingredient. This little root can treat many conditions including infertility, low energy and hormone imbalances. Maca can also help with stress reduction, muscle growth, increasing libido, hormone regulation and increased endurance and stamina. Maca has a delicious, caramel-like flavor and can be blended into smoothies, sauces or homemade energy bars. You can get your daily boost from our Superfoods Burger with Energy Boost.

noni fruitsNoni: Noni is a Hawaiian superfood that is well-known for the nearly miraculous healing properties… and also for its infamous stench. The noni fruit grows on beautiful, leafy trees throughout the islands, and we are proud to work with Noni Biotech for our fresh Noni juice, featured in our deliciously unique Noni Ranch Dressing. We also use an organic noni powder in our Superfoods Burger with Purity Boost and the Superfoods Burger with Immunity Boost. Noni has a long history of health benefits from it high concentration of phytochemicals and nutrients, and has been used throughout Polynesia to treat menstrual cramps, liver disease, bowel irregularities and diabetes. This fruit also has natural analgesic (pain-relieving) properties, can help lower cholesterol, boost immunity and lower blood pressure.

Taro: Taro (or kalo in Hawaiian) is a staple food of Hawaiians and many other Polynesian cultures. This tuber, grown in wet or dry paddies (called lo’i) is a hearty starch that can only be eaten after being fully cooked. We use white taro from the Big Island of Hawaii in three of our products to help bring this sustainable superfood to our customers; you can find taro as the base for our White and Yellow, and it is also an ingredient in our Noni Ranch Salad Dressing. Why choose taro? This simple root can help promote a healthy digestive system and overall good health, it’s high in antioxidants, helping prevent cell damage, it can boost immunity, reduce the risk of heart disease, promote a healthy nervous system, promote healthy hair, teeth, skin and bones and it’s allergen free! All that and we get to support our local farmers too!Taro root

Turmeric: Turmeric is a potent medicinal that has a long history in Hawaiian (known as ‘olena), Ayurvedic (Indian) and Chinese medicine. This golden-orange root is related to ginger and has many of the same healing properties. The peppery, ginger flavored root gives curry its famous yellow-orange color and is used throughout the world for food and medicine. Turmeric is a potent digestive aid, anti-inflammatory and is also high in antioxidants, helping to prevent cell damage. We use turmeric powder in our burgers, and fresh, fermented turmeric is one of the main ingredients in our Yellow, giving it a characteristic zing and beautiful bright color!