Saturday, 1 March 2014


I've been thinking for a while to get some superfoods ... Been reading about chia, maca, cacao, spirulina, nutritional yeast, etc So after going through a few websites, I remembered a brand that sold them in a fair I went to last year ... Biocultura Madrid. The name of the brand is Arcoiris, which means Rainbow in english. So I went to their website and saw that there were 3 shops in Madrid, where I currently live ... where they sold these superfoods.

Superfoods are said to be those foods with health benefits and that can even help some medical conditions.

I follow a pretty healthy diet ... and eat plenty of superfoods, but I want to give a go to some of these weird powders. I already consume chia, cacao and coconut (milk, water and oil ... I even have vinegar which I've never used) as well as berries, mango, etc so I decided to buy some maca, nutritional yeast and spirulina (I got some chia too as its price was 12 euros for 1/2 kg  when 250g usually costs around 8-9 euros ...)

This is where I bought my ingredients ... El druida de Lavapies. A super cute little shop where you can find any herbalist shop. Actually these weren't very common in England... but on the other hand we had wholefoods and other shops which were easy to find and where you could get any of these superfoods ... or vegan foods (even supermarkets ...). 

Maca is a peruvian superfood full of vitamins (C, B3, B6), nutrients (Iron, Manganese and Zinc), essential minerals (Calcium and potassium), healthy fats and amino acids. It can be found in different colours (the powder I bough was a combination) and comes from a brown root which looks a bit like radish, although it's related to the potato family. It can easily be combined with Cacao, which is another superfood and one of the richest sources of antioxidants to make puddings, smoothies, desserts, hot drinks, etc.

Spirulina is a blue green seaweed which can provide you with large amounts of proteins and nutrients, such as B12, which can't be naturally found in a vegan/vegetarian diet (I know you find them in some foods such as cereals or eggs but they have been added). The use of spirulina as a food source dates from the 9th century Chad and it is believed to be used by Aztecs in the 16th century Mexico. It's meant to be the most complete, balanced and nutritious food on Earth. It contains about 60% protein, 12% vital minerals (Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Zinc and Phosphorous) as well as vitamins B of all kinds. It's said to help you boost your energy, reduce cholesterol and increase you libido levels. It can be used in smoothies, taken in tablets or added to some of your dishes ... Like I did with my spinach pancakes!!

Chia is quite common now a days and can be easily introduced in any meal or diet. It's well known as  a great source of healthy omega 3 & 6 fats and fibre. It comes from a flowering plant from Mexico and Guatemala and if it can be found in any medium - big supermarket in Spain, you can definitely find in anywhere! Try adding it in your puddings, pancakes, actually any dessert or meal, as it will help you get stronger teeth and bones due to its nutrients (Calcium, Manganese and Phosphorous levels) and reduce your belly fat (I've read that Chia's stabilising effect on blood sugar fights insulin resistance which can be tied to an increase in belly fat).

Nutritional yeast is made from single celled organism which is grown on molasses, sugar beets or wood pulp and then, harvested, washed and dried with heat to deactivate it. I thought it was the same as brewer's yeast at first, but no. Brewer's yeast (levadura de cerveza), quite common here, is a sub product of the beer making process and is very bitter. Nutritional yeast has a nutty cheesy flavour which can be used as a cheese replacement or to make cheeses and is usually sold as a granule or flakes.

 Today's superfood breakfast! Maaaaybe a bit too filling

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