We love experimenting in the kitchen. In fact, one of our favourite things to do is to walk through health stores and find new ingredients that we have never heard of before. Some of our recent discoveries include the four alien-sounding superfoods below. But don’t fret, we have tested them for you and can assure you that they actually taste amazing! While we would all be smart to be wary of superfood claims and we are not saying that these goodies can heal all diseases on the planet, we had such fun experimenting with them and we are certain that you will enjoy them too.


Tempeh:

Tempeh is a fermented plant-based protein with a nutty, mushroom-like flavor. Partially cooked, minimally processed soybeans are made into a cake, then fermented overnight. It’s an extremely versatile source of protein and can be used in many different recipes. It’s especially great for people who are still in the stage of « make-me-feel-like-im-eating-meat » thanks to it’s unique texture. Worried about the health risks associated with soy? When soy is fermented, it actually yields more nutritional benefits. The fermentation process significantly benefits your digestive health and can help neutralise bad bacteria in your gut. Just make sure to always buy organic and non-GMO tempeh. Our current favourite: this kale & tempeh salad bowl with a miso-tahini dressing.

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Dulse:

Over the past few decades, medical research has begun to uncover what Asian cultures have known for over 10,000 years; that sea vegetables such as dulse are a valuable resource for improving overall health and wellbeing. Not only are they fat free and low in calories, but seaweed is also rich in essential vitamins, minerals, protein and trace elements. Plus they are great detoxifying agents (hence why we add spirulina to our green juices, for example). But what to do with dulse? You can easily sprinkle it over salads and rice dishes or add it to soups such as miso soup or minestrone to enhance the flavour. If you like guacamole, try adding dulse to your next batch of guacamole to amp up the rich flavor of the avocados.
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Nutritional yeast:

You may have spotted nutritional yeast in a health food store in the past. But have you ever wondered what it is and how to use Whether you’re lactose intolerant, vegan, paleo or just trying to minimise the amount of cheese you eat, nutritional yeast can be a good alternative to Parmesan. It’s a great replacement for cheese sprinkle and adds a surprising cheesy flavour to dishes. And the health benefits are amazing too: just one tablespoon of nutritional yeast provides you with your daily dose of B12. And it gets even better: ¼ of a cup also gives you six grams of protein, which is equivalent to about 30g of chicken breast. For some ideas on how to yeast away, click here.

Nutritional-Yeast

Chaga:

Chaga is the heavyweight champion of all antioxidants; it has so much that not even acai, pomegranate or blueberries can compete. It’s been used for centuries throughout Asia and Europe as medicine for various ailments like stomach/lung cancer, inflammatory diseases and arthritis. Chaga also has strong immune-boosting and anti-viral properties, plus it supposedly slows the aging process thanks to its amount of phytonutrients. Now that sounds convincing! But how to consume it? We love it as a simple tea, but why not give a chaga chai latte or a chaga chocolate smoothie a try. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
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Will you give them a go?