Before we go into these recipes and meal ideas, let’s briefly go over what Moringa is and it’s benefits.
Moringa is a nutrient packed plant that is primarily grown in the Philippines. It’s known to actually have way more nutrients than kale and has many benefits like anti-inflammatory properties. Moringa aids in reducing cholesterol, blood sugar levels and is rich in antioxidants. Moringa is also a great source of Vitamin A, C, E, amino acids, potassium, and protein. It’s even known to aid in lactation support for mama’s looking to increase their milk supply as well as boost hair growth. With all of it’s amazing properties, how can you resist adding it to your diet?!
Moringa’s flavor profile is similar to matcha if you’ve ever had it but a bit earthier. Here are a few of my favorite ways I’ve incorporated this superfood into my family’s diet and mine.
- Pesto – Add a tablespoon to your favorite pesto recipe. My quick recipe for pesto is ¼ cup of fresh basil, ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese, and approx. 3-4 tablespoons of olive oi, sat and pepper to taste. (Some recipes call for ¼ cup pine nuts, I don’t always do so) – I add pesto to my alfredo, dress my salmon with it, or spread it on bread for grilled cheese.
- Moringa Waffles – This is super simple, just add ½ to 1 tablespoon to your favorite waffle or pancake batter.
- Smoothies – I’ve found that banana/strawberry banana flavored works best with moringa, other berries tend to off put the taste, but play around with your favorite flavor combos. I typically add ½ to 1 tablespoon to my smoothie.
- Moringa “Green Tea” Latte – You can cut your serving of matcha in your green tea latte recipe in half, substituting the other half for moringa or use strictly moringa powder. You will likely need to add sweetener as mentioned before, moringa’s earthy taste is a bit more pungent than matcha.
- Moringa Chia Seed Pudding – Check out my Chia Seed Pudding Recipe Here. You only need to add about ½ tablespoon of moringa per ½ cup of chia seeds.
These are just a few of my favorite ways to cook with Moringa. You can also add moringa to just about any pastry recipe (muffins, banana bread, etc.) or even buy oral capsules if cooking isn’t your thing.
Have you ever tried moringa? What’s your favorite way to add it to your diet? Let me know in the comments below!