Our Insta feed is galloping with unicorns these days. We’re not sure how the mythical creature made its way into the food world, but we do know we like it! From vibrant toast, to kaleidoscope lattes – we’re all about tasting the rainbow in every meal – especially when colorful ingredients add nutrition, sorry Starbucks.
While it’s unclear who exactly started the unicorn trend, we do know that the folks at the forefront used superfood ingredients to make their meals dazzle. That’s right, not red #40 or loads of sugary sprinkles – which we think is exactly what makes these foods so magnificent. And, even better, you can use these same superfood ingredients to make your own unicorn masterpieces. Watch out though, these foods do have magic powers.
Color: Red or Orange (depending on how much you use)
Magic Power: Gochujang is like a Korean version of Sriracha – only better. Because it’s fermented Gochujang contains healthy bacteria to support gut health. It’s also rich in Vitamins C, and B12 and delivers the molecular compound capsaicin (from the chili peppers) which is shown to relieve pain, aid weight loss and help manage diabetes.
Use It: As a marinade, dip, or anywhere you’d use Sriracha
Unicorn It: Rainbow Unicorn Sushi
Magic Power: This vibrant root, which is a quintessential ingredient in curries and a cousin of ginger, is also an inflammation fighter. This is because of curcumin, the compound in turmeric that gives it its bright color. In one study turmeric extract supplements were just as effective as ibuprofen in easing the pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.
Use It: Because the flavor of turmeric is subtle and earthy, it makes a colorful addition to many dishes. Add it in scrambles, rice, greens, and soup.
Unicorn It: Turmeric, Cinnamon, and Honey Latte
Magic Power: Where do we start? Spirulina is an OG superfood delivering vitamins A, K1, K2, B12 and manganese and chromium. It’s also a rich source of phytonutrients and contains more beta-carotene than carrots and more iron than spinach.
Use It: Mix it with juice or add to a smoothie.
Unicorn it: Unicorn Toast
Purple Cabbage Water
Color: Purple or blue
Magic Power: While we know that cabbage is insanely healthy, what about the water it’s cooked in? Turns out, it also packs a punch being rich in Vitamins E and C.
Use It: Drink it like a broth, cook with it or use as a base for soup.
Unicorn it: Quick and Simple Unicorn Noodles
Color: Hot Pink
Magic Power: Beet powder is rich in antioxidants, fiber, calcium, iron and potassium. It’s been shown to lower blood pressure, increase blood flow to the brain and improve endurance during exercise. Beets are also known for helping to protect the liver and for boosting energy.
Use It: Add it to smoothies, sauces and soups – just beware it will turn them pink.
Unicorn It: Pink Beetroot Latte