All superfoods are from far away. Wrong!
Mesquite is native to South America and the Southwestern United States, making it easily available to those living in the Americas.
Though it doesn't come from an exotic location and may even be growing in your neighborhood, mesquite is a true superfood that has been used for its benefits for centuries.
What is mesquite? Why is it good for you? Where can you find it? How do you use it?
Great questions. I'm glad you've asked. Let's dig deeper and learn more about mesquite.
Mesquite trees are native to the Southwest U.S. and South America. They can also be found in drier areas of Australia, Africa and Asia. They are slow-growing trees that need little water to live.
The pods of mesquite are the edible part that have been used historically and recently as a popular superfood in our modern world. Mesquite has been used by Native Americans as flour and sweetener. The Spaniards used its bark for their boats. In the U.S. it has also been popular for barbecue spices, adding a sweet flavor.
There are 45 different types of mesquite out there, each of them sporting a distinct flavor, from bitter to sweet. Sweeter versions of the plant have been used more commonly as natural sweeteners. Many describe the powder made from mesquite as a sweet caramel-like flavor.
Aside from being a deliciously sweet addition to baked goods, coffee, tea, barbecues and warming dishes, mesquite has some incredible health benefits to help you feel amazing.
Mesquite powder has so many health benefits, including its high fiber content, low glycemic index, high mineral content, anti-fungal properties, immune-boosting abilities and high protein percentage. Learning about all these health benefits, we had no doubt that mesquite had to become an important ingredient of our delicious Cacao Bliss superfood blend.
Check out all the benefits of mesquite to learn why you need it in your life.
Mesquite Is High In Fiber
Mesquite powder is abundant in soluble fiber that is absolutely essential for a smooth digestion and healthy gut flora. A fiber efficient diet can boost your immune system and keep colon disease and cancer away.
Mesquite Has A Low Glycemic Index
Though mesquite is an excellent natural sweetener, it has a very low glycemic index because of all the fiber that slows down its absorption rate. It does not cause blood sugar spikes and doesn't need insulin to be broken down, making it perfect for those with diabetes and blood sugar issues.
Mesquite Contains Omega-3 Fatty Acid
Mesquite powder is a great source of omega-3s, which are important to lower inflammation and to keep cardiovascular issues, strokes and cancer away.
Mesquite Is Anti-Fungal
Mesquite powder is a fantastic anti-fungal that can prevent and get rid of fungal infections in your body, keeping you healthy.
Mesquite Can Boost Your Immune System
Mesquite powder contains lots of zinc, which is great for boosting your immune system and helping with recovery from illness.
Mesquite Is High In Protein
Mesquite powder is an excellent source of lysine, a protein that is not found in other plant sources. It has up to 30 percent protein.
Mesquite Is High In Minerals
Mesquite contains lots of calcium for your bone health, magnesium for enzyme production, relaxation and mental health, copper and iron for keeping anemia away and potassium for water regulation and muscle recovery.
Mesquite Can Prevent Headaches And Migraines
Mesquite powder may have the potential to prevent or improve a migraine and headache pain.
You can enjoy the benefits of mesquite in the form of a flour or pods, or as part of our delicious superfood mix, Cacao Bliss.
Mesquite flour is the same as mesquite powder. It is made by grinding the plant's seeds, contained in the pods. You can find mesquite flour in health food stores and online. It can be used in baking recipes, coffee, tea, pancakes, stews, marinades and other delicious recipes.
The pulp or pith between the brittle outside and the hard seed of mesquite are edible. You can grind them and use them in baking recipes. If you can find them in your area, you can harvest them from the trees. Never harvest mesquite in polluted or contaminated areas.
Knowing the unbelievable benefits of mesquite, we've added it to our newest, sacred chocolate superfood blend: Cacao Bliss. If you want to experience the benefits of mesquite, but don't want to miss out on the powers of other superfoods (and have some chocolate as a sweet bonus!), Cacao Bliss is the smartest and most economical way to go.
Cacao Bliss is the world’s first raw cacao superfood blend that you will absolutely fall in love with.
This powerful drink is made with high-quality, organic cacao infused with turmeric, MCT powder, horsetail, cinnamon, monk fruit, coconut sugar, mesquite, lucuma and Himalayan sea salt.
But why is Cacao Bliss so good for you? It is certified organic, plant-based, vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, nutritious and super healthy. It can lower your blood sugar, help you beat your cravings, provide you with much-needed antioxidants, lower inflammation in your body, reduce your stress levels, boost your energy, increase your immune system, aid your digestion and help you feel blissful on a daily basis.
Cacao Bliss is truly versatile. On a cold winter day or cozy afternoon, you may want to mix it with hot water for a delicious hot chocolate. As a fun morning treat, you can mix it with cold water, nut milk or even coffee. It is perfect for chocolaty smoothies, baked goodies, raw desserts, chocolate dips and anything else delicious and chocolate-filled your heart desires.
Try it and Cacao Bliss will become your favorite daily treat in a blink of an eye.
There are many ways to use mesquite powder. You can add it to your baking recipes, pancakes, stews, coffee and tea or use Cacao Bliss with mesquite and create chocolate goodies. To experience the versatile magic of mesquite, try these recipes.
Makes 10 Falafel
Mesquite Bliss Balls
Mesquite Grill Seasoning
Q. Is mesquite powder okay for the candida diet?
A. Mesquite is a low sugar natural sweetener that doesn't mess with your blood sugar and internal balance. The amount in Cacao Bliss should work with your candida diet. Its antifungal properties may even help your fight against Candida. If you have concerns, talk to your healthcare professional.
Q. Is mesquite powder paleo?
A. Though the paleo diet generally forbids legumes, mesquite comes from the pulpy part of the pod wall, not the seed and it's low in GI and easy to digest. Generally speaking, mesquite works with the paleo diet.
Q. Is mesquite powder safe during pregnancy?
A. There is no evidence or research showing either way. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your healthcare professional to see if it works for your individual situation.
Q. Is mesquite powder gluten free?
Q. Does mesquite powder have side effects?
A. In some people, mesquite may lead to temporary detoxification symptoms, including chills, sweating, mild headaches, nausea, fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches, dizziness, weakness, abdominal pain and diarrhea. No long-term side effects are known.
Q. What is the fructose content of mesquite powder?
A. Mesquite doesn't contain fructose.
Q. How many calories are in mesquite powder?
A. One teaspoon of mesquite powder includes 20 calories.
Mesquite is a sweet superfood that is known for its high fiber content, low glycemic index, high mineral content, anti-fungal properties, immune-boosting abilities and high protein percentage. You can enjoy the benefits of mesquite in baked goods, marinades, stews, baked dishes and warming meals, or as a part of our powerful superfood mix, Cacao Bliss.
Mixed with hot water, it creates the most delicious sacred hot chocolate. It is also delicious in smoothies, shakes, coffee, baked goods and raw desserts.
And remember, we're in this together.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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