Lucuma PowderSuper Foods
Guest Blogger: Rachael Todd
Certified Health Coach and Yoga Instructor, Certified in Positive Psychology
This series is written to increase the detoxification affects of Planet Beach services. It is focused on nutritional ingredients that you can add into your daily regime to take the already incredible results even further.
At Planet Beach you will find services that strive to ultimately make you feel better and look better, but they do this by reducing inflammation in the body. Utilizing red light therapy, the meditation booth, the hydration station, the HOTWORX infrared sauna and more, these powerful treatments are ancient technologies that are available to you.
In addition to utilizing services at Planet Beach that are based on ancient treatments and traditions, you can enhance your results with superior nutrition.
Next on the list is another medicinal food…
Beloved by the Incas, lucuma is a super nutritious Peruvian fruit that contains beta carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium, and protein. Its maple-like taste makes it a sweet addition to smoothies, baked goods, and even ice cream. Viewed as a symbol of fertility and creation, lucuma was called the “Gold of the Incas” and was used for a variety of applications.
Recent research shows that lucuma may be helpful for supporting skin health, blood sugar, and even cardiovascular health.
Often, lucuma is sold in a powdered form, perfect for adding to smoothies or baking recipes. Its soft taste and gentle aroma enhances most foods without directly influencing or impairing the overall taste of the recipe.
Recent studies have shown that lucuma oil may be helpful for supporting wound healing by encouraging the activation of healing factors within the skin.
Lucuma was also used throughout the centuries to support cardiovascular health, and research seems to agree. Studies show that lucuma has potent ACE inhibitory activities in vitro, possibly decreasing the effects associated with hypertension. Lucuma may also support normal blood sugar, giving researchers hope for finding additional nutritional support for those with type II diabetes. These results point to the excellent potential of Peruvian fruits as food-based strategies for blood sugar and blood pressure issues.
10 Reasons to Incorporate Lucuma Powder into your Daily Life
1. NATURAL LOW GI SWEETENER
Given it’s fruity flavour, Lucuma can be used as a natural low GI sweetener. This makes it safe for diabetics, and great for the rest of us to help stabilize blood sugar and even out energy levels. It can be substituted for regular sugar in a 2:1 ratio (2 Tablespoons Lucuma for every 1 Tablespoon sugar).
2. RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
Lucuma’s rich antioxidant content means it helps to fight and prevent disease, and slow the aging process. The fruit is used as a natural healing medicine in South America, due to its antibiotic, antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
3. FULL OF HEALTHY CARBOHYDRATES
As a fruit, Lucuma is full of healthy carbohydrates. Yes, Healthy + Carbs (you may not have heard those two in a sentence for a while!). Whole food carbohydrates, along with healthy fats, are a wonderful source of fuel for the body, particularly the brain. Have you ever felt lacking in energy after you’ve tried to restrict carbohydrates or fats that day? Your brain may be seeking additional energy to function at its best, particularly if you’re slim and don’t have much body fat to burn as energy. Lucuma is a wonderful way to increase the healthy, unrefined whole food sources of carbohydrate in your diet.
4. PACKED WITH VITAMINS AND MINERALS
Lucuma has the same amount of calcium as a glass of cow’s milk, as well as plentiful amounts of beta-carotene (an anti-carcinogen), zinc, iron, vitamin C, niacin (B3), and fiber. It also contains 14 essential trace minerals.
5. CHURN UP PERU’S FAVORITE ICE CREAM
The most popular ice cream flavor in Peru is Lucuma. Make your own by blending in a blender or food processor 1/2c lucuma powder, 1c cashews (soaked for 2 hours then drained), 2cm vanilla bean or 1 Tbsp vanilla extract/powder, 1/4c coconut nectar, a pinch of organic sea salt and 1c water. Freeze, then remove for an incredible taste of Peru.
6. WHIP UP A SMOOTHIE
For a delicious dessert or afternoon pick me up, blend 1 Tbsp lucuma, 1 frozen banana, 1 medjool date, 1tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2c coconut/nut milk and 1/2c ice. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon and serve.
7. ADD TO YOUR Granola/MUESLI FOR A CREAMY CARAMEL TWIST
Add a teaspoon to your homemade muesli/granola for a delicious creamy caramel flavor.
8. MAKE A DELICIOUS HEALTHY CARAMEL SAUCE
Mix 1 tablespoon of lucuma with 1 tablespoon mesquite, and a few tablespoons of coconut nectar. Instant caramel sauce!
9. ADD A TABLESPOON TO YOUR FAVORITE NUT BUTTER
Add a tablespoon of lucuma to your favorite organic natural nut butter (homemade is best). It will impart a slightly subtle caramel sweetness.
10. MAKE A RAW LUCUMA & CITRUS TART
The citrusy flavor of lucuma lends itself perfectly to pairing with a delicious, raw, citrus tart. Simply add to any recipe!