Goji berries is both a fruit and an herb and an excellent source of antioxidants. They are loaded with beta-carotene that promotes healthy skin. They are also high in fiber that contributes to regular bowel movements. There are claims that it is a remedy for diabetes, hypertension, malaria and fever. You can eat them raw or soak them before eating. I eat these plain or mixed with cashews. They are also a nice addition to any smoothie.
They can be found at any natural food store or even online.
Serving Size: 100g
Protein: 14.0 g
5% fat, 79% carbs, 16% protein
Maca is rich in B vitamins, C and E. It provides calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. But its biggest claim to fame is helping with decreased libido because of its aphrodiasic properties. Studies have shown that it can increase sperm count and improve fertility, as well as restore hormonal balance. Studies also show that it is highly effective with menopausal discomfort. I add this too my smoothies.
They can be found online on Amazon or Whole Foods.
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
0% fat, 80% carbs, 20% protein
This is a type of blue-green algae that is a concentrated source of protein, vitamins, iodine and antioxidants. It is one of the best known sources of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a fatty acid that supports heart health and joints. The protein is highly digestible because it does not have cellulose walls. In addition, it can enhance your immune system. Reduce inflammation abd fight chronic disease. I sprinkle this on a salad or sautéed mixed vegetables.
They can be found at any natural food store or online.
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
0% fat, 33% carbs, 67% protein
Its greatest claim to fame is its high flavonoid content. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, the cacao beans improve health by altering signaling pathways. I use this in my homemade brownie muffins or smoothies .
I have found this at most supermarkets- Wegman’s, Whole Foods, Roche Brothers.
Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
20% fat, 52% carbs, 10% protein
Same as above. I use nibs in to sprinkle on Greek yogurt or on top of a smoothie. The possibilities are endless.
Hemp Protein Powder
This is a high-fiber protein that is perfect for vegans and non-vegans. It is highly digestible, which is perfect for people with IBS and even athletes. The additional benefits include immune enhancing capabilities, as well as preventing fatigue.
They can be found online at Amazon or Whole Foods, Wegman’s, Roche Brother’s.
Serving Size: 4 tablspoons
23% fat, 34% carbs, 43% protein
Hemp Protein Seeds:
This is the fat portion of the hemp plant. They are high in omega-3 fatty acids that promote heart health, reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. They are high in fiber so it improves bowel function. Women need about 25 grams of fiber per day and men need 38 grams per day. I throw a tablespoon into my smoothies or sprinkle on a salad.
They can be found at any health food store.
Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
62% fat, 14% carbs, 23% protein