BAOBAB: "THE QUEEN OF SUPERFRUITS"
The popularity of baobab fruits and its constituent powder has grown in recent years due to the high concentration of nutrients and minerals that it contains. In this article, we will be shedding light on the health benefits and other facts about the baobab tree and super fruit, along with some yummy recipes to try with your Afrikinky Baobab Powder.
WHAT IS BAOBAB?Baobab is a large tree that can grow to a height of about 5-30 meters. It grows in most African countries, including where we source our products, Ghana. The Baobab tree over the years has adapted to its environment which is usually dry and severely hit by climate change conditions, enabling its survival by absorbing and storing water in its trunk. This feat allows it to produce a nutrient-dense fruit even in the dry season where many trees fail to survive.
The Baobab tree is known by some as the 'Monkey bread tree', others also know it as the 'Upside down tree’ (because its branches look like the roots of a tree). It is most popularly known as the 'TREE OF LIFE'. The Baobab tree has a lifespan of more than 500 years. The Baobab tree is rather unique because of how every part of the tree is useful:
- The bark can be turned into rope and clothing.
- The seed is edible and also used for cosmetic oils like Afrikinky Baobab Oil
- The trunk can store about 30,000 gallons of water to provide water for both humans and animals during drought seasons
- The fruit from this tree is how our Afrikinky Baobab Powder. is produced.
Fun fact: it is the only fruit in the world that dries naturally on its branch for months without decaying.
NUTRITIONAL ESSENTIALS IN BAOBABBaobab has been a part of the traditional diet for centuries. It is exceptionally nutrient-dense with one of the highest Antioxidant profiles of any fruit on the planet. Baobab consistently beats all the other "super fruits" such as acai, goji, blueberries, chia seeds, and pomegranates across a wide range of important nutritional categories such as Antioxidants, Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium, and Calcium. It also has electrolytes to help support your body's daily functions.
Baobab is rich and of highly concentrated nutrients and minerals that are;
These are some of the nutritional facts that make the Baobab almost the best of all superfoods, and as an added bonus to other superfoods, Baobab tastes delicious.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE BAOBAB POWDER
Baobab has food and nutritional benefits far more than one can imagine and has been stated by scientists as one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world. It has been traditionally valued as a source of food, water, and health remedies for centuries. Some of these benefits include;
Increases Bone Strength: the Baobab powder is fully loaded with Calcium and Magnesium which are the two minerals that are good for bone strength and development. Calcium is also good for maintaining strong teeth, and Afrikinky Baobab Powder has possibly the highest calcium content than any plant food. Being a vegan source of Calcium, vegetarians, and non-vegetarians can benefit from its benefits.
Boost Immunity and Aids in Wound healing: with its good supply of Vitamin C, it helps to keep our system immune strong, supporting our body's defense against infections, viruses, and other illnesses. Vitamin C can also help speed the healing process of wounds.
Note: a single serving of Baobab powder (10g or 2-3 teaspoons) provides 33% of our daily Vitamin C requirement.
Provides High Fiber: The fiber content within Baobab powder may improve digestive health and prevent conditions like constipation, hemorrhoids, and intestinal ulcers. Baobab powder contains 50% fiber, half of which is soluble, an important component of the digestive system in helping control blood sugar levels. The fiber content also keeps you feeling full for longer, curbing cravings to promote weight loss.
Improves Circulation: the many minerals found in Baobab include iron which plays a role in keeping proper circulation. Iron is part of hemoglobin which is known to transport oxygenated blood through the body, which is a good benefit for those with anemia. It comes with a bonus that Baobab already contains Vitamin C, which helps in the absorption of Iron.
Lowers Blood Pressure: another needed mineral found in the Baobab powder is Potassium, with the amount of nutrient exceeding that of banana's potassium nutrient. This mineral plays a major role in nerve, muscle, and cell function in our bodies. Potassium also helps in regulating our heartbeat, easing the strain, and keeping the heart from overworking. This helps in lowering blood pressure, therefore reducing the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other heart complications.
Promotes Radiant and Glowing skin: Baobab is packed with antioxidants and vitamin C which supports collagen formation -the proteins that keep your skin supple and youthful. Afrikinky Baobab Powder incredible antioxidants can help to fight oxidative damage, as well as prevent wrinkles.
WAYS TO USE BAOBAB POWDER
There are many ways to infuse Afrikinky Baobab Powder into your meals and your lifestyle routines because of its versatility. Taking your baobab powder can be as simple as mixing it with water on the go. Another way to enjoy its benefits for the skin and hair is by adding it to other ingredients to make a face and hair mask. (to get its effective and full nutritional properties for the skin and hair, try our Afrikinky Baobab Oil
MIX, SHAKE, SPRINKLE, or BAKEA serving of our AFRIKINKY Baobab powder to juice, water, a smoothie, yogurt, soups, sauces, oatmeal, pancakes, baked goods, or other meals and snacks for a nutritional superfood boost.
Below are some recipes you can use to implement Afrikinky Baobab Powder into your daily regimen:
A. Baobab Cheese Cake with a touch of Amarula Cream
Ingredients: Serves 2-3
- 200g Cream cheese
- 13g Butter
- 40g Digestives (Whole meal plain biscuits)
- 20g Golden granulated sugar
- 13g Afrikinky Baobab fruit powder
- 12ml Amarula Cream
- Juice of half a lemon
- 20cm flan tin (with a loose base)
- Melt the butter over low heat. Crush the biscuits to form fine crumbs and add to the melted butter. Once blended together, press the mixture into the base of the greased flan tin.
- Mix together the cream cheese, sugar, baobab powder, and Amarula cream until the consistency is smooth. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon and mix thoroughly.
- Carefully spoon the mixture onto the pressed breadcrumbs and spread evenly across the dish.
- Cover the flan tin with foil and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. (Optional finish with a thinly spread layer of passion fruit)
Choose to decorate your cake or just dig right in to eat and Enjoy!!!
B. BERRY BANANA BAOBAB SMOOTHIE
- 1/2 frozen, very ripe banana
- 1 cup frozen berries
- (Use either strawberry, red, black raspberries, or a mix)
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk, almond milk (or any milk of your preference)
- 1-2 tsp Afrikinky baobab powder
- optional: on-plan sweetener to taste
Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.
WHERE TO SHOP
Now that you have read up on these amazing natural products, are you ready to delve in? The possibilities are endless with Afrikinky Baobab Powder. Visit www.AFRIKINKY.com to create your own magic, while embracing authentic, all natural, hand crafted products.