Since I’ve been researching and writing a lot about superfoods lately, I’ve been trying to incorporate the ones I’ve learned about into more recipes. Have you guys been wanting to eat more superfoods but weren’t sure how? Check out the vegan superfood recipes below!
The thing that always daunted me about superfoods is that so many of them seemed like hard to find, expensive ingredients, like acai, but it turns out there are superfoods that you can find in any well-stocked grocery store. The ones that struck me as the most nutritious and the easiest to find were:
- chia seeds
Chia, quinoa, and pomegranate are not as common as the other three, so I have a few tips on how to buy and prepare them.
Shopping for Chia and Quinoa
The only one that you might have trouble tracking down is chia seeds, and they can be expensive if you buy them as a nutritional supplement. The key to finding chia seeds on the cheap – and this is true for quinoa, too – is to hit the bulk bin. The bulk bin at our local food co-op and at Whole Foods sell chia and quinoa for much less than when you buy them pre-packaged.
Seeding Those Pomegranates
You can buy pomegranates in the produce section of most grocery stores. The seeds I use in this recipe actually came packaged from Trader Joe’s, so there was no seeding to do. If you buy a whole pomegranate and are having trouble getting the seeds out, this video is super helpful:
9 Vegan Superfood Recipes
1. Avocado Corn Cups – You could add a handful of pomegranate seeds to give this recipe even more superfood powers!
3. Dilled Kale, Beets, and Tofu – This is basically a stir fry, but the dill makes it taste more western than eastern.
4. Quinoa with Spicy Soyrizo and Kale – Trade Joe’s makes a mean soyrizo, but you could also finely chop your favorite vegan sausage and use that instead. Tofurkey Italian sausage would work well in this recipe.
5. Pomegranate Salad – My sister Amanda shared an awesome recipe for a spinach salad topped with lots of yummy fruit!
6. Quinoa Salad – This quinoa salad recipe that I shared on Monday actually uses four superfoods: quinoa, kale, avocado, and pomegranate seeds.
7. Chia-Blueberry Pudding – Combine 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and a handful of blueberries in 1 cup of almond or soy milk. Let the pudding soak for at least an hour or up to overnight. When you soak chia seeds, they plump up and have a texture that’s a lot like tapioca.
8. Acorn Squash Stuffed with Red Quinoa – We’re about to start seeing lots of local winter squash at the market, and this simple recipe is a great way to give it a nutritional boost.
9. Chia Citrus Cooler – This recipe uses the plumping properties of chia seeds to make a healthier take on bubble tea.
Do you guys have any favorite recipes that incorporate these superfoods? I’m looking to branch out and cook with these more now that I’m learning about how healthy they are!
Image Credit: Avocado photo by scelera; Quinoa Salad photo by Becky Striepe
Hi there! My name is Becky Striepe (pronounced “stree-pee,” like “sleepy”), and I am a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. My life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Check out my new book: 40 Days of Green Smoothies!