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Superman can hang up his cape. A new team of superheroes are saving the world: the so-called “superfoods” are conquering supermarket shelves everywhere. Bursting with vital ingredients, they’re allegedly healthier than classics like apples and pears, protecting us from illness and making us look better and younger. The question of whether or not all of their superpowers are genuine will be left unanswered. But it’s a sure fact that these exotics are bringing new life to our dinner plates.
They look confusingly similar to the blueberries in your neighbour’s garden, but they are in fact native to Brazil. These blue powerhouses contain lots of antioxidants; they slow down the aging process and protect you from disease. Because the consumption of acai berries boosts your metabolism, they are regarded as slimming. Since they mainly consist of seeds, they are usually served as a juice or powder.
These cherry-like drupes originate from South America, have a sour taste and are packed with vitamin C: 1700 mg / 100 g, which is even more than oranges or strawberries can deliver. Because acerola deteriorate rapidly, they are primarily available in the form of juice and often combined with grape, apple or cherry.
The black seeds of the South American chia plant pack quite a punch: they contain ten times more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, nine times more antioxidants than oranges, five times more calcium than milk, fifteen times more magnesium than broccoli and loads of fibre. It’s the extra sprinkle of vitality for your muesli. But chia seeds are also popular in vegan cuisine, substituting gelatine or egg white in desserts or sauces: when soaked, they swell and form a gel.
This flaming red fruit, also known as “wolfberry”, comes from China and is counted among the cherished superfoods. Dried or soaked, goji berries are not only delicious in muesli or fruit salad but also in cakes or as a salad topping. Depending on the specific kind, the taste of the goji berries varies from sweet to bitter.
These pea-sized chokeberries are rich in vitamin C and have a taste similar to raisins. Chocaholics everywhere find satisfaction in dipping the dried fruits in melted chocolate. The juices and fresh berries are suitable for the production of jams and marmalades.
Exotic chia pudding
3 tablespoons chia seeds, 175 ml coconut milk, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar, ½ Mango, some fresh berries and flaked almonds
Mix the chia seeds with the coconut milk, the honey and the vanilla sugar and let them soak in the refrigerator for 1– 2 hours. Cut the mango into cubes and arrange the dessert in glasses with alternating layers. Finish the treat with fresh berries and flaked almonds on top.
30 g goji berries, 100 ml of orange juice, 100 g of frozen berries,1 tablespoon coconut oil
Soak the goji berries in water. Purée with the orange juice, frozen berries and coconut oil in a blender until the mixture is homogeneous and creamy. Serve in glasses—finito!