I'm a total beginner in the kitchen (and don't have much time). What are some very, very simple ways to use superfoods that don't involve much prep?
Ah! You are not alone. Although cooking with superfoods is an incredibly rewarding experience, many of us simply don't have the time to do so on a regular basis. Never fear: there are so many ways to incorporate superfoods into your daily life that require little to no cooking at all! Here are some of the most popular simple ways:
Better your breakfast bowl.
From instant oatmeal to packaged cereal, think of your breakfast bowl as a perfect opportunity to add a superfood upgrade. Throw a handful of nuts or seeds on top, and add some superberries like blueberries or mulberries for extra antioxidants. And don't think all those fancy superfood powders are just for smoothies either - a warm bowl of porridge is a great place to quickly mix in a teaspoon of maca powder or a spoonful of acai powder.
Use hemp seeds for savories.
There's lots of creative ways to cook with hemp seeds, but if you're pressed for time, just sprinkle hemp seeds on your next salad, soup, or even take-out meal. The seeds add a great bit of toothsome nuttiness, while boosting your protein and EFA levels at the same time.
Add goji berries in tea.
Are you a tea drinker? Toss a handful of goji berries into your next cup while you brew. The berries will plump up with hot water within minutes, sweeten your tea naturally, and be a delicious snack to enjoy along with your beverage.
Put chia on it. (â€œItâ€ meaning anything.)
What's your favorite food? Great, sprinkle chia on it. Chia seeds have almost no flavor, and are so small that they are often unnoticed when used in small quantities. You can sprinkle a teaspoon of chia on virtually anything at all, and reap the rewards. Or, mix chia seeds into your water bottle for hydration with a little bit of chew!
Turn any beverage into a green juice.
If you're impressed with the benefits of green juice but don't have the time to make it yourself (or the money to always buy it), put wheatgrass powder to use. Stir in Â½ teaspoon (one serving) into your juice, milk, water, or even cocktail, and take advantage of wheatgrass's hyper-condensed micronutrient content. This is one of my favorite â€œsecretâ€ superfood ingredients, because in this form it has almost no flavor!
Do you have a favorite super-simple use for superfoods? Share it with us in the comments below!