Written by Shelley Alexander
Have you ever thought about making your own custom blended superfoods powders? Doing this provides you with the flexibility to use whatever superfoods products you really like. Superfoods are nutrient-dense foods that are very powerful aids to healing your body. These superfoods are so concentrated that you only need to add a small amount to reap the health benefits.
I like taking my favorite superfoods to create my own custom blends that I can tailor to whatever health issues I want to heal. I make inflammation fighting blends, anti-aging blends, energy blends, and detoxification blends on a regular basis and they really get fantastic results!
Once you buy the base ingredients, you can easily create your own custom blends that address your health needs and tastes. Creating your own blends also allows you to leave out any superfoods that you may not like or may have intolerances, sensitivities, or allergies to.
I begin making my own custom blends when I took the Alcat test to see what food sensitivities and intolerances I had. When I got my test results I was shocked to find out that many of the foods I had been eating on a regular basis were causing me health problems. Some of the foods I had developed intolerances to included spinach, almonds, blueberries, lemon, corn, rice, whey, and casein.
My test results immediately eliminated most of the protein and superfoods products on the market that included the ingredients I could no longer eat for 9 months. I knew I had to come up with my own superfoods protein powder that would work for my health conditions and help me heal. The recipe I’m sharing today is one of the superfoods blends that I used to help me heal damage from years of stress and constantly eating foods that I had sensitivities and intolerances to.
This delicious blend includes powerful antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and fiber that all work together to fight chronic inflammation, free radical damage, and toxins along with helping heal the body.
You can use this versatile superfoods powder in smoothies, oatmeal, quinoa, salad dressings, puddings, ice creams, and even blend it into teas to boost the nutrient density in these recipes.
I like to use between 1-2 tablespoons of this blend depending on the recipe I make. I also like adding additional superfoods like acai berry powder, maqui berry powder, mesquite powder, sprouted ground flax seeds, and maca root powder to this mix when I want to change the flavor and add additional nutritional benefits.
Chia Seeds and Sprouted Chia Seed Powder
Chia seeds are a fantastic plant-based source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids (ALA), calcium, iron, and fiber. Omega-3 fatty acids are excellent at protecting the body from the damaging effects of chronic inflammation. Chia seeds can also help stabilize your blood sugar by slowing down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar.
Chia seeds can absorb up to 9-10 times their weight in liquid which makes them very hydrating to the body. Two tablespoons of chia seeds have 4 grams of protein, 205 grams of calcium, 5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, and 8 grams of fiber. To find out more benefits of this superfood seed check out my post.
Sprouting the chia seeds removes the anti-nutrients and increases the nutrients and enzymes that are released in the soaking and sprouting process. If you don’t want to buy the spouted chia seed powder that I recommend for this recipe, you can use raw chia seeds and grind them into a powder in your blender or coffee grinder before adding them into my recipe. Grinding them into a powder makes it easier to mix with the other ingredients in the recipe.
Lucuma is a delicious fruit from Peru that is called “the Gold of the Incas” and it tastes like a cross between maple and vanilla. Lucuma adds delectable flavor to this protein powder blend along with nice sweetness to enhance any ingredients you use in your recipes. Lucuma contains B vitamins, iron, beta-carotene, and fiber. Lucuma has a low glycemic index and is low in sugar. 1 tablespoon of lucuma has 2 grams of sugar.
Raw Cacao Powder
Raw cacao aka raw chocolate is a fantastic healthy chocolate to eat. Raw cacao powder is created by cold pressing raw cacao beans into a cake which separates the cacao butter or oil from the protein and fiber. The remaining dry material is ground and milled into pure, unsweetened raw cacao powder or raw chocolate.
Raw cacao is high in antioxidants, phytochemicals, flavonoids, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and soluble fiber. It is especially high in chromium, iron, and magnesium. To find out more info about the benefits of raw cacao go here.
Hemp protein powder is one of the best plant-based sources of protein available with all the essential amino acids that your body needs. Hemp is a fantastic source of fiber, chlorophyll, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, along with the idea balance of essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 in a 3.75:1 ratio. Hemp protein is easy to digest and blends well with other superfoods due to its mild nutty flavor.
Homemade Superfoods Chocolate Chia Protein Powder Recipe
Makes around 32 ounces or 64-1 tablespoon servings
1 cup organic sprouted chia seed powder (This is the sprouted chia seed powder I used) or 1 cup ground raw chia seeds
2 cups hemp protein powder (This is the hemp protein I used)
½ cup raw cacao powder (This is the raw cacao I used)
½ cup organic lucuma powder (This is the lacuma powder I used) or use 1/3 cup organic coconut sugar
1 tablespoon organic cinnamon powder (This is the cinnamon I used)
1. Place all ingredients into a medium bowl and stir together until well blended.
2. Place superfood powder in a large glass mason jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator. Use 2 tablespoons per recipe.
Source: A Harmony Healing
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