Maqui berries are a dietary staple of the Long-living Mapuche Indians of Chile. Brimming with age-avenging antioxidants, this deep purple super fruit is not shipped fresh to the United States. Instead, look for the freeze-dried power, processed to retain all the health-giving properties of its natural form.
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. macqui powder
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined. Drizzle over your favorite greens.
Chia SeedsA staple of the ancient Aztecs and famously hawked as a novelty product to the tune of "Ch-ch-ch-chia!" the seeds are experiencing a renaissance. They are now a mainstay in the health food aisle for their copious amount of calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber--a whopping 11 grams per ounce.
Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding
- 2 tsp. instant espresso powder
- 1 1/2 cups light coconut milk
- 1 large banana
- 5 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 8 tsp. cayenne (optional)
- 1 8 tsp. sea salt
- Raspberries (optional)
- Dissolve espresso powder in 2 Tbsp. of hot water.
Combine this mixture with all ingredients, except for the raspberries, into a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour puree into a bowl and let sit in the refrigerator for two hours to thicken. Divide among serving bowls and top with raspberries if desired.