Lucuma-My New Favorite Superfood
Now more than ever, people are making conscious efforts to eat better and superfood supplementation is on the rise.
I consider myself one of those people who has been on the hunt for a while and I love discovering other superfood supplements that can be added to my healthy lifestyle.
Because I'm an avid reader of healthy eating, I discovered "Lucuma" powder from an article in a health magazine. I was blown away with their description of how beneficial it is.
So, here is a little background information about Lucuma powder. It is actually stems from a fruit that is grown in parts of Peru, Ecuador and Northern Chile in South America. As a supplement it is ground into a powder.
Because this fruit is not well known, you most likely with not find in your typical supermarket, but may have luck at a local international supermarket. (This is on my to do list for sure.)
Lucuma powder is high in fiber with only 20 calories per teaspoon with 4 grams of carbohydrates but 2 grams of dietary fiber. That is a nutritional powerhouse!
You can find out 10 positive nutritional benefits of Lucuma here,
You might be asking yourself, so what does it taste like and how can it be used in my diet?
Some think it can replace like regular sugar, depending on what you are using it in, but I would have to slightly disagree on this. It does have a slight butterscotch or maple syrup undertones, but because this powder is high in fiber, it works better when used in certain recipes such as smoothies or baking which is how I used mine for the first time. These are my tasty Hearty Oat Muffins I supplemented with Lucuma for a healthy addition. I hope you will give them a try!
Lucuma powder may be something you consider with all of its healthy benefits of containing antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals among a host of other benefits.
One last note, if you are considering using this superfood, always choose organic for the best in nutrition.
Eat Good! Look Good! Feel Good!
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Vanessa LaBranche/Chef Instructor-Culinary Educator