Have you heard of Moringa? I hadn't heard much about it until a few months ago when I was shopping at my local health food store. I knew it was a superfood but I didn't know HOW super it really was until recently.
Moringa Oleifera is a tropical, fast growing tree and its leaves are highly nutrient dense and nutritious. It is rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A, omega 3, chlorophyll, protein among many other nutrients. But what really caught my eye was how rich it is in iron. It has 25x more iron than spinach. Iron is a really important mineral, especially for us plant eaters. I've been on the lower side of the iron spectrum as of late due to my pregnancy so this really intrigued me.
Due to the amount of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals it contains, moringa is a perfect food for athletes as it can improve endurance and lower inflammation. It's great for women breastfeeding as it may increase milk supply and boost energy levels. It also helps to lower blood sugar levels and increases mental focus. It has been used as a natural aphrodisiac to increase sex drive, HOWEVER, I have also read that it may reduce rates of conception. So if you're looking to get pregnant moringa may not be the nutrient for you. But once you ARE pregnant it can supposedly help boost the immune system.
Moringa was supposedly used as an Ayurvedic medicine, sunscreen, body lotion, perfume and for purifying water in ancient times. Due to its speed of growth and nutrient density, moringa is being looked at as a way to bring protein and vitamins to impoverished people.
This was the first time I tried it so I will let you know in the future how I feel. But in the meantime, you may be interested in trying it out yourself, but only if you're not trying to conceive!
Morning Moringa Bowl For Mamas
Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free
1 can of coconut milk
1/4 cup, plus 1Tbsp chia seeds
1tsp. moringa powder (if you're trying to conceive just leave this out. The bowl is amazing and packed with nutrients with or without it!)
pinch of himalayan sea salt
-toasted shredded coconut
-toasted chopped cashews
-cacao nibs or chopped dark chocolate
-maple syrup or honey
-freshly grated ginger
1.Place coconut milk, chia, vanilla, moringa powder and salt in a bowl. Whisk together. Cover and place in fridge overnight. You may want to whisk a few times before going to bed to make sure it doesn't clump together.
2.In the morning, give pudding a stir, top with desired toppings and serve.
Love and light xo,