Superfood Spotlight: Mesquite

What you need to know: Mesquite powder is an extract from the seeds of the mesquite tree, which is found in the southwestern United States and parts of South America. The bean pods are ground and consumed for their nutrient-rich powder, which contains high levels of calcium, potassium and zinc. Mesquite is used to build and maintain strong bones and teeth, to support the cardiovascular and immune system and to enhance athletic performance. Mesquite is also rich in soluble fiber, making it an important player in normalizing bowels, controlling cholesterol levels and clearing the body of toxic waste.

Why you should try it: Mesquite seed pods have long been used as a food source by indigenous peoples who revere it for its ability to normalize blood sugar. Being a low-glycemic food, mesquite is a sugar substitute that can even be used by diabetics. Its sugars are in the form of fructose, which does not require insulin for metabolism. So by using mesquite as your chosen sweetener, it may help to maintain a constant blood-sugar level for a sustained period of time.

Let’s get together: With a sweet and nutty taste, we can think of quite a few ways to incorporate this superfood powder. From coffee, yogurt, granola, raw desserts and baked goods, mesquite can be added to practically anything. One of our regular go-tos is adding it to our morning smoothies, especially to our cozy hot chocolate smoothie. Our favorite mesquite powder is Superfood Smoothie Mix by Essential Living Foods. This powder not only has mesquite, but also contains goji, acai, hemp and brazil nut protein. By using this powder you can boost your antioxidant levels while also getting an array of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, all in one fell swoop! Another way to benefit from this superfood powder is by adding it to homemade raw chocolate. Simply use the pure mesquite powder by Vivapura. It tastes like a cross between molasses and caramel, which in our opinion is a happy pairing to the bitter taste of dark chocolate. Give it a try!

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