What are some good superfoods I can add to my Thanksgiving table?
Everyone looks forward to the big feast on Thanksgiving, where traditional favorite dishes are often not just requested, but expected. It's a lovely practice to make your family and friends smile thanks to the presence of a particular casserole, or perhaps your â€œfamousâ€ mashed potatoes.
However, this doesn't mean that classic recipes can't undergo a few tweaks to make them better than ever â€¦ and that's where superfoods come in! One of the great things about superfoods is that thanks to their nutritional density, they can be applied to a vast amount of recipes, as only a little bit is needed to award major health benefits. Try these 6 superfood additions this year and enhance your holiday table in every way:
Chia: I've said it before, and I'll say it again: There is no superfood more flexible for culinary use than chia. Between its minimal flavor and under-the-radar texture (when used dry), chia can be applied to any dish on the table. I like to mix chia seeds into stuffing, and sprinkle on roasted vegetables as a garnish.
Goldenberry: In their dried form, the pronounced sweet-tart flavor of goldenberries goes surprisingly well with many seasonal favorites. Chop up some berries and add to cranberry sauce for a superfood riff on a cranberry-orange medley. Goldenberries also go well with roots and tubers, and can be either added into bowls of sweet yams or roasted parsnips after cooking, or blended into sauces to add a welcome citrus-like note.
Goji Berries: Dried goji's are a wonderful addition to holiday spreads, as their inviting red color pops in dishes giving off a festive flair. Many dried fruits such as raisins, dried apricots, and dried figs, are often included in various holiday dishes, and can be easily substituted with goji berries. If you're serving a salad, goji berries make a wonderful accouterment, and if you're a squash soup fan, try simmering goji berries with your vegetables, and blending them with the finished soup - they'll add to the rich orange color and offer a mild sweetness, too.
Hemp Seeds: For those looking to up the protein content of dishes, hemp seeds can really come in and be a savior superfood, at 5 grams per 2 tablespoon serving. Deliciously nutty hemp seeds enhance everything they're added to - mix them into green beans, steamed kale, or use them as a topping for mashed potatoes.
Maca: Most people probably don't think of maca when they think of Thanksgiving, but in fact, maca's earthy flavor is an exceptional addition (not to mention its energizing qualities as a huge bonus as well). Maca, a tuber itself, goes fantastically well with other roots and squashes. You can seamlessly mix it into the sauce used for sweet potatoes, or add a spoonful into your pumpkin pie!
Pomegranate: A late fall fruit, pomegranate is not only in season, but its gem-like seeds and puckery-sweet deep flavor brighten up cozy dishes extremely well. Use the fresh seeds in salads composed of bitter greens like radicchio or arugula, or take advantage of delicious and convenient pomegranate powder in fruit pies, and cranberry sauce.