We love all things Mediterranean — not only are the cuisine’s key ingredients [chickpeas, seafood, whole grains, fruits + veggies, + our fav, feta ; )] super delish, but these foods are also packed with healthy fats, vitamins, + antioxidants. One of the most common ingredients used in Mediterranean cuisine is even considered a *superfood*. Tahini — aka sesame seed paste — is an unexpected superfood, but one for good reason indeed. Not only does it amp up any dish to add creamy texture + nutty flavor [like our Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl!], it offers several benefits that will keep us feelin’ in tip-top shape ; ). Read on to learn what makes tahini superfood-worthy [++ how to use it!].
PACKED WITH VITAMINS + MINERALS //
Tahini contains vitamin B6, manganese, phosphorous, calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron, + copper. Wow — that’s a lot of vitamins! Bonus: the high calcium, iron + magnesium content makes it a perfect superfood for women’s health.
LOADED WITH OMEGA FATTY ACIDS //
Healthy fatty acids [omega-3 + omega-6] aid in brain health, emotional health + cognitive brain function — aka keeps your brain working well + getting stronger to fight against diseases like Alzheimer’s.
KEEPS YOUR HEART BEATIN’ STRONG //
The omega-3 fatty acids found in tahini not only support healthy brain function, but a healthy heart as well. With 80% unsaturated fat content, tahini is a force for good against any cardiovascular disease caused by inflammation.
IMMUNE BOOSTER //
Tahini will help keep those colds away, ‘cause CHAARG girls definitely do not have time for that! Copper, zinc, selenium, + iron found in tahini will help your body build up a strong immune system to fight against bacteria + viruses. Just 1 tbsp. of tahini contains 9-12% of the daily recommended intake of zinc, selenium and iron, + 26% of zinc — so you’re covered ; ).
EASILY DIGESTIBLE //
Tahini is high in alkaline mineral content, making it easy for your body to digest + aiding in maintaining a healthy weight.
HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS //
You can find loads of antioxidants in tahini, like copper + phytonutrients. The copper found in tahini is known to reduce swelling, relieve aches + pains, ++ reduce inflammation in the body. Its phytonutrient content will help fight damage from oxidation in the liver, ++ the magnesium found in tahini can also help alleviate symptoms for asthmatics.
Spread tahini on your burger, sandwich, or mix with lemon juice + herbs for a veggie dip.
SALAD DRESSING //
Mix with lemon juice, herbs, olive oil, + apple cider vinegar for a tangy + creamy salad dressing [like in our Lentil + Sweet Potato Power Bowl!].
Tahini brings a creamy consistency to smoothies + protein shakes, similar to banana or avocado.
BAKED GOODS //
Tahini is a healthy food swap in baked goods, giving your sweet treat a more nutritious value while adding a delicious nutty flavor to the dish.
++ OBVIOUSLY — AVOCADO TOAST ; ) //
Mix up some tahini with avocado, salt + sesame seeds for a satisfying mid-afternoon power snack : ).
Show us your *creative* tahini concoction on Insta! Make sure to tag @chaarg + #CHAARGEats ; )
+Nat [@natalie_inchaarg], VirtCHAARG // Grand Rapids