You may already know and love a variety of superfoods—those foods that are just so jam-packed with benefits for the human body that to call them anything less than super is an insult. One superfood, Moringa, should really be called a super-superfood. Yes, with its comprehensive essential amino acid profile and its abundance of protein, Moringa really does live up to its superfood classification. And that's before you factor in its rich potassium, vitamin B and iron content.
So, what does Moringa offer you? Let's run down what's super fab about this little-known superfood.
Nutritious: Just a cup of chopped Moringa leaves provides a punch of protein, iron y calcium and vitamins B1 and B2. Antioxidant rich: Moringa contains antioxidants that work to fight free radical damage in your body. A potential anti-inflammatory: Consuming Moringa may help to reduce inflammation throughout the body. Possible cholesterol reducer: Studies are forthcoming, but some evidence shows that Moringa may help lower cholesterol, which is a precursor to heart disease. The bottom line is that Moringa is being studied more closely for its total-body health potential. But the fact remains that it is a powerhouse when it comes to nutrition, and we're anxious to see a complete rundown of benefits once more research is in.
Let's talk taste.
Will you like it? Maybe! If you can imagine the taste of spinach blended in with a bit of matcha, then you can imagine the flavor profile of Moringa. However, because it is generally not cultivated in the United States, most Moringa on today's market is sold in powdered format—its delicate leaves make exporting it in its whole leaf format a problem, since it hails from places like West Africa, the Himalayas and India. The flavor of dried Moringa is hardly noticeably or even undetectable in a berry-filled smoothie and blends right in (naturally) with many of the popular green smoothies. You may also enjoy the powder's protein boost when added to salads or soups.
Try it Yourself!
Now that you know about the health benefits of Moringa, it's time to put it to the test. Here's a delicious recipe to get you started:
Tropical Moringa Smoothie
1 medium ripe banana
1 kiwi, sliced
½ cup each chopped pineapple and mango
¼ cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
¼ cup light coconut milk
¼ cup almond milk 1
½ teaspoons of moringa powder
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon honey
½ cup cubed or crushed ice
Puree in a blender until the smoothie reaches your desired consistency. You can easily play around with this recipe based on the ingredients you have on hand or your preference for pineapple, mango and kiwi. You could also substitute ¾ cup strawberries or blueberries (another superfood) for the banana.
Yield: two 8-ounce servings (or one big 16-ounce serving, depending how generous you feel).