Top Peruvian Superfoods for Weight Management
Losing unnecessary weight and then maintaining it is a health goal for many people. And sometimes, exercise and proper diet just aren’t enough. Sometimes, the push comes from specific superfoods that contain powerful micronutrients that fight inflammation, reduce the overall stress in your body, and help strengthen your immune system.
Peru is home to very nutrient-rich land that’s still considered taken care of and even untouched in some high-altitude areas. That’s why all the plants that grow there are extremely high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other potent plant compounds. These micronutrients are the key to health, longevity, and long-term well-being as they have a powerful effect on your body’s systems.
Every Peruvian superfood is packed with a variety of different compounds and it helps improve the overall function of your body’s organs and tissues. Still, some might be better for balancing out your hormones and protecting your heart, while others have the ability to boost your metabolism, enhance nutrient absorption from your diet, lower your inflammation, and help improve healthy weight management. Here are the top Peruvian superfoods to help you maintain healthy body composition.
One of the most popular foods on every health food store menu, chia seeds are real powerhouses when it comes to their nutrient profile. Rich in fiber and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, they are one of the best ingredients to add to your diet if you’re trying to lose weight and keep it off.
Only two tablespoons of chia seeds have 11 grams of fiber which is known to have a tremendous effect on your digestive system, gut microbiome, and overall healthier weight. Fiber is also important for weight loss in terms of keeping you fuller for longer and even acting as an appetite suppressant, reducing your cravings and helping you stay fueled until your next meal.
The healthy omega-3 fatty acids help improve your cardiovascular health, lower your risk of infections and disease, lower your bad LDL cholesterol, and help lower your inflammation. All of these factors are incredibly important when you’re on your weight loss journey and you’re trying to get rid of the toxic buildup usually hiding in the excess pounds.
Our chia seeds are cultivated in the high altitudes of Cuzco and have a high nutritional profile due to the rich soil and oxygen saturation. We love adding them to our smoothies and fruit bowls, making chia puddings and desserts, and even making our own chia jam.
One of the best sweeteners that come from nature is yacon syrup. It’s a byproduct of the yacon root, one of the most important root vegetables in South America. It’s been a part of the Andean culture and diet for thousands of years, with a variety of different usages across cultures and families. From bread and pastries to a variety of desserts, yacon root is one of the most popular foods you’ll see on every table.
It’s incredibly high in fiber which makes it so healthy and full of beneficial effects on your body. The fiber helps feed the good bacteria in your gut microbiome, strengthen the lining of your digestive tract, and push the food down your intestines so it collects all the toxins and harmful substances and flushes them out.
This way, yacon helps lower your inflammation and makes it easier for your body to dip into its fat stores and start using them for fuel. It also keeps your blood sugar levels in a healthy range, promoting better insulin sensitivity and preventing insulin resistance.
Our yacon syrup comes from yacon roots that are grown and cultivated in the high altitudes of Peru. It’s a straight farm-to-bottle product that isn’t mass manufactured and can thus keep the high quality and potency some other brands on the market can’t muster.
We love adding it as an alternative to any other sugar or sweetener in our recipes as it has a low glycemic index and won’t spike your blood sugar levels. This makes it a great ingredient for anyone who wants to keep eating their favorite desserts while trying to cut calories and lose weight.
Weight loss equals no chocolate, right? Well, that statement couldn’t be further from the truth. The problem isn’t in the chocolate, it’s in the ingredients and their quality. If you’re using high-quality cacao powder with a healthy sweetener like yacon syrup or monk fruit sweetener, you’re essentially making a powerful health-boosting chocolate you should add to your diet every single day to promote better digestion, lower your inflammation, and help your body fight off infections.
Cacao is one of the highest antioxidant-rich foods in the world and its ability to fight free radicals and their oxidative damage cannot go unnoticed. The Criollo cacao is undoubtedly one of the best cacao types as it has even higher levels of antioxidants than other species, making it 40 times more powerful than wild blueberries.
Inflammation can be the root cause of many diseases, but it can also be one of the biggest reasons why you’re not losing weight, why you’re holding on to those last five pounds, and why you feel like you’re giving your all in the gym but aren’t able to see any real progress. Eating a clean diet and regular workouts undoubtedly help, but when you’re body is in a state of chronic inflammation, it might sometimes be hard to let go of the unwanted fat in fear of starvation. That’s where important superfoods like cacao come in and help your body fight harder with all the amazing nutrients it provides.
We love using Criollo cacao in everything from hot cocoa and healthy brownies to decadent chocolate cakes and homemade Nutella. Chocolate lovers, don’t skip your favorite dessert, just make sure it’s made with the right ingredients.
When looking to lose weight, there’s more than meets the eye. And while early morning workouts and green smoothies are a great place to start, it’s about changing your lifestyle upside down to really make an impact on your weight management. Peruvian superfoods are here to help and they’re as easy to add to any one of your meals as they’re delicious. Start experimenting and see how your body changes, one chia seed at a time.