Superfood Sunday – Baobab

I’ve heard about Baobab once while I was living in San Francisco. I had no idea it was an amazing Superfood. What is Baobab? The Baobab tree is found in Africa, and is called, “The Water Tree”. This tree can hold up to 60,000 gallons of rainwater in it’s trunk. Yes- 60,000. They are also able to live up to thousands of years, even in the harshest conditions. This tree serves several purposes and can be used in a variety of ways. Its bark, roots, leaves, fruits, and flowers, are all used for a source of food, and respiratory, skin and digestive remedies.

The Baobab fruit looks like a large brown seed. The superfood powder is made of ground seeds from inside the fruit that offer a flavor of caramel pear and grapefruit essence. The Baobab fruit is one of the only fruits to completely dry out while still on the tree. Just using 2 tablespoons of Baobab powder can give you a wealth of nutritional benefits.

The Benefits of Baobab Powder

  • 10x more antioxidants than Goji berries
  • 15x more vitamin C than pomegranate
  • 6x more potassium than bananas
  • 3x more calcium than milk
  • 3x more magnesium than apricots

How to Use Baobab Powder

It’s fairly easy to incorporate Baobab powder into your diet. For those who can’t start their morning without a super smoothie, I highly suggest adding 1 or 2 tablespoons of Baobab powder. For a quick and nutritious snack, add 1/2 to a full tablespoon of Baobab powder into yogurt. Overnight oats, chia seeds, honey, vanilla and a tablespoon of Baobab powder make a great breakfast porridge. Thinking of making a cold soup? Add some Baobab. The possibilities are endless with this awesome super fruit.

 

My Favorite Brands of Baobab

Baobest Baobab Fruit Powder – Great flavor, and will slightly thicken smoothies, as well as adds a very healthy boost to them. Very filling and nutritious. I like the packaging and the ziplock on this bag the most.

Bonga Foods Organic Baobab Superfood – For anyone who is quick on the go- I highly recommend this powder. It dissolves quickly and easily in water and comes in a fantastic container that you can easily transport anywhere. 

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