Vegan Superfoods – 7 Foods You Should Be Eating
In this blog post, I’m going to talk about 7 healthy vegan superfoods that every vegan should have in their pantry.
Not just vegans, but everyone in general can benefit from these foods. They will improve your health, and they are versatile so they work great in a variety of recipes.
1. Moringa Powder
Despite the incredible health benefits that moringa provides, I barely see any vegans consuming this superfood. I think it’s just because most people don’t even know it exists! Moringa powder comes from the Moringa Tree, which is found in Africa and Asia.
The powder is green, and it tastes kind of like spinach. Moringa powder contains 9 essential amino acids, vitamin A, E, K, and Calcium. It’s also full of iron, so it’s great for those with anemia. The easiest way to consume this powder is in a smoothie or latte.
2. Chia Seeds
Even if you aren’t vegan, you’ve likely heard of chia seeds. They are very tiny seeds that are tasteless. They are extremely multipurpose too. Chia seeds are great for adding to smoothies, oatmeal, or making chia seed pudding.
They work as a good egg replacer, binding everything together. Chia seeds help with digestion from their high fiber content. They are also full of calcium, manganese, and potassium.
3. Ground Flaxseeds
Flaxseeds are one of the most affordable superfoods out there. They are very nutty and extremely high in fiber. For being a seed, they don’t contain that much fat either. Flaxseeds need to be ground in order to digest them properly.
Flaxseeds improve the health of your digestive system and can even prevent cancer. They are full of omega-3 fatty acids, so they are great for your skin and hair. Flaxseeds are great in smoothies, oatmeal, and any baked goods.
You can make a “flax egg” by mixing 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds with 3 tablespoons of water and letting that sit for 15 minutes. You can replace this in any recipe that calls for eggs.
Spirulina is a superfood that comes from the sea. It is a dark green color and it tastes like seaweed. This ingredient has tons of anti-inflammatory properties from all the antioxidants it contains. Some people claim spirulina to be the most nutrient dense food on earth.
It’s full of B vitamins like B1, B2, and B3. It’s also high in copper and iron, and surprisingly high in protein too.
The easiest way to consume spirulina is in a green smoothie.
5. Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are a complete source of protein. They contain a very balanced amount of both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Hemp seeds contribute to heart health, lower your cholesterol, and they help keep your blood pressure levels at a healthy balance.
If you have hormonal issues, hemp seeds are great for balancing that out too. These seeds are great in smoothies, on oatmeal, in baking, and you can make a yummy hemp “cheese” out of them too!
Quinoa is often mistaken for a grain, but it’s actually a seed. It’s entirely gluten-free, and it’s a complete protein, containing all of the essential amino acids that you need.
It’s very high in protein and fiber. It also contains magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, vitamin E, and many more vitamins and minerals.
Quinoa helps with digestion and keeps you full and satiated due to its high protein and fiber content, so it’s great for weight loss.
You can use quinoa as you would any other grain – in stir-fries, salads, with a side of vegetables, etc.
Most people just view turmeric as a spice that makes food yellow, but it’s so much more than that! Curcumin is the main compound in turmeric, which is what gives it the yellow color. This substance is known for being anti-inflammatory and an antibiotic too.
There have been so many studies done on turmeric showing how it can help fight cancer and other illnesses like Alzheimer’s. It’s also great for those who have arthritis. Turmeric is full of antioxidants that will keep your immune system strong and healthy.
You can add this spice to your cooking, make turmeric rice, or even make a yummy turmeric latte.
I hope you found this list of 7 vegan superfoods helpful.
How many of these vegan superfoods do you have in your pantry? How often do you eat them? If you ate just one of these superfoods a day, you’d be benefiting your body so much. Do you have any other superfoods that can be added to this list? Please let me know in the comment section!