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Everything You Need to Know About Superfoods

Everything You Need to Know About Superfoods

May 16, 2024

When you visit us at Jugo and build your own bowls or smoothies, you’ll notice that adding “superfoods” is part of the process. They’re listed as toppings such as cacao nibs or coconut flakes, but superfoods are actually much more than toppings to your favorite order!

They’re specific types of foods that are packed with nutritional value – think of them as the superheroes of food. You’ve probably eaten and cooked with these ingredients and never even realized how powerful they are.

From protecting your immune system to helping with bloating, these ingredients have a wide range of benefits that not many people know about.

We’re always getting questions about what a superfood is and exactly how to incorporate it into your diet, so we thought we’d do a deep dive into everything you need to know about superfoods.

What are superfoods?

Although not a scientifically recognized classification, “superfood” is the popular term for a food that is nutritionally dense and comes with an impressive variety of benefits. These foods offer a potent combination of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Some popular superfoods include:

  • Açaí berries
  • Spirulina
  • Matcha
  • Bee pollen
  • Coconut flakes
  • Cacao nibs
  • Goji berries
  • Hemp seeds
  • Blueberries
  • Chia seeds
  • Green tea
  • Flaxseeds

At Jugo, we offer a variety of superfoods as toppings, but we also offer them as our sorbet bases for your bowl! Double the superfoods, double the benefits, right?

In addition to our mango base, we have açaí, blue magic, pitaya (or dragonfruit), and coconut sorbets. Here is a little breakdown of each of our superfood smoothie bowl bases:

Açaí

Açaí berries, hailed for their deep purple hue, are brimming with antioxidants, healthy fats, and fiber, promoting heart health and aiding digestion.

Their high antioxidant content is thought to help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. These berries are also rich in fiber and healthy fats, which can promote digestive health and support heart health. Açaí may also have anti-inflammatory properties, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

They are most popularly consumed in an Açaí Bowl, which is a fresh and delicious way of consuming this superfood. At Jugo, our açaí bowls are our most popular, with options like Sweet Bowl, Strawberry Bowl, Tropical Bowl, PB Bowl, and Americana Bowl to satisfy your cravings.

Blue Magic

Our Blue Magic base, also known as blue spirulina, is made of a nutrient-rich algae. Spirulina is packed with protein, essential amino acids, iron, B vitamins, and magnesium, supporting overall health and energy levels.

It also contains antioxidants like phycocyanin, which may help reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure. Many people consume blue spirulina in lattes, mixing the powder with various ingredients like coconut milk, matcha, lavender syrup, and more.

Our customers love Blue Magic for its unique, refreshing taste. You can create your own bowl with a Blue Magic base or swap the açaí in any of our suggested bowls for spirulina.

Pitaya / Dragonfruit

Dragonfruit, also known as pitaya, is a low-calorie fruit rich in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants, which can help boost immunity and fight inflammation. Its vibrant pink or red color comes from betalains, which have been linked to reduced risk of chronic diseases and improved liver health.

Additionally, dragonfruit contains prebiotic fiber, which supports gut health by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria. Many describe its taste as mildly sweet with subtle notes of kiwi or pear, making it a refreshing and enjoyable treat, especially blended into smoothie bowls.

Coconut

Coconut is a versatile superfood known for its healthy fats, particularly medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which can be easily digested and converted into energy. These MCTs have been linked to improved brain function and weight management.

Coconut also contains lauric acid, which has antimicrobial properties and may help boost immune function. Additionally, coconut is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, supporting overall health and well-being.

These superfoods, among others, take center stage as the star ingredients in our Jugo smoothie bowls, blending health and flavor into every spoonful. With their remarkable nutritional profiles and tantalizing tastes, superfoods elevate both body and palate to superhero status.

Superfood health benefits

As you can see, each superfood comes with a range of unique benefits. Commonly, they play a crucial role in boosting immune function and preventing diseases by providing a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that help strengthen the body’s defense system against infections and illnesses.

Additionally, many superfoods are low in calories and high in fiber, making them ideal for supporting weight management and metabolism. Their nutrient-dense composition helps to keep you feeling full and satisfied, reducing the likelihood of overeating and aiding in maintaining a healthy weight.

Moreover, superfoods are renowned for their ability to enhance energy levels and cognitive function, providing a natural and sustained boost of vitality and mental clarity throughout the day.

Lastly, the powerful antioxidants found in superfoods contribute to promoting healthy aging and longevity by protecting cells from damage caused by free radicals, reducing the risk of chronic diseases, and supporting overall vitality as we age.

Incorporating a variety of superfoods into your diet can thus provide comprehensive support for a healthy and vibrant life.

How to incorporate superfoods into your diet

Incorporating superfoods into your diet is easier than you might think. There are countless ways to enjoy their health benefits in your meals and snacks.

Most people love to incorporate superfoods like açaí into their morning routine by blending it into smoothie bowls or adding it to yogurt for a burst of antioxidants and flavor. With this method, you can add nutrient-rich toppings like chia seeds, goji berries, and coconut flakes to sprinkle over your smoothie bowl.

At Jugo, we offer at-home Açaí Bowl Kits. These take-home sets come with one quart of açaí and a 12oz bowl of granola prepared in bulk for your convenience. All you have to do is store them appropriately at home and whip up your own bowl with your favorite fruits whenever you’re feeling hungry!

Here are some other ideas for incorporating superfoods into your diet:

  • Add spirulina to your favorite juices, smoothies, or lattes, as its vibrant color and mild taste can easily blend into your daily beverages.
  • Select your favorite superfoods to top your oatmeal for a warm and satisfying way to start your day, such as cacao nibs, coconut flakes, berries, and more.
  • Make a superfood salad! Ingredients like kale, spinach, hemp seeds, flax seeds, and quinoa are all superfoods that make for a great salad base. Add some protein of your choice and your favorite dressing and you’ve got a delicious, nourishing salad.

With the simplicity and flexibility of incorporating superfoods into everyday meals, you can effortlessly elevate your diet and nourish your body with powerful nutrients.

Shop superfoods at Jugo

Whether you’re looking to swap your favorite sweet treats for something healthier or you just love a good smoothie, Jugo has the tastiest, healthiest ingredients around.

Our superfood toppings and sorbet bases are fan favorites and a delicious way to incorporate them into your daily routine. Experience the benefits of superfoods for yourself by visiting our Texas locations or ordering online.

To learn more about healthy eating that tastes good, explore our blog.

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