The Health Benefits of Mesquite

Mesquite is a legume native to the Southwestern United States and South America.  Its pods can be ground to form a sweet flour and also used as a natural sweetener in baking and various recipes requiring a hint of sweetness to increase the depth of flavor.

Mesquite powder is a high plant protein (11 to 17 %) powder with a high soluble fiber content and high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc.  It is considered a superfood and an adaptogen.  An adaptogen is a food that helps the body adjust to stress and protects the body functions from stress hormones (other examples of adaptogens are maca, lucuma, ashwagandha, schizandra, and ginseng).  It may be added to smoothies, oatmeal, warm almond milk, pancake mix, chile or any other foods which would be enhanced by a touch of sweetness.  It has a malt like flavor and 1/4 cup can be substituted for the sugar called for in recipes.

It can be purchased as an organic powder from the health food store.