Lucuma Ice Cream (What is Lucuma?)

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What is lucuma? Well, in short it is the newest ‘superfood’ to enter my world. It is sweet and delicious. It looks like an avocado sort of. You can get it in dried powdered form from your fave superfood supplier (soon to be me, when that bit of my website is up and running). But really, what is this strange fruit?

It comes from peru- as too many super powers do. In peru, the Lucuma is used as an emblem to represent those fine peeps. It is celebrated for its amazing flavour and smooth as silk creamy texture and is actually considered one of the most unique fruits in the world. Now I have your attention right?

My best description of the taste is, well, indescribable. Um.. kind of sweet and caramelly.  In spite of its sweet flavour, it is still amazingly low on the glycemic index which makes it a great thing to add to our raw hot chocolates in the morning if we want some sweetness without the sugar kick.

The goodness packed in this punch soothes the nervous system- it is loaded in vitamin B3- the nutrient known to aid in depression. This amazing fruit is rich in fiber, iron and carotene. Carotene- by the way is what gives it the pretty orange colour and the even prettier ability to protect our DNA from cancer.

Lucuma can be tricky to find in stores, but easy to order online and one of my fave companies, Navitas, offers it as well.

Get some and try it! Over here  in the kitchen, we loved it in our Holiday Nog (which, by the way, was hated on by a few food blogs- and not because they didn’t like the taste, but because they didn’t like that it didn’t have milk and sugar). Now, I know it is hot and sunny down here in St. Lucia but it is still winter up where you are so it is never too late to give the nog a try.

Down here in the sun… we’re making Lucuma Ice Kream!

Lucuma Ice Kream

1 ½ cups cashews, soaked
½ cup organic lucuma powder
1/3 cup raw honey or 1/4 cup coconut syrup
1 whole vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup water or coconut milk
Pinch of sea salt

  • Blend all together
  • Freeze overnight
  • Remove from freezer about 20 minutes before serving.

Question Of The Day: What is the newest amazing food to come in to your life?

77 Responses to “Lucuma Ice Cream (What is Lucuma?)”

  1. Marty

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    Oh how I’d love to be in St Lucia with you Meghan! Thank for the info on Lucuma. I’ve been seeing it for over a year in health food stores wherever I travel, but not dared try it. I’ll buy some soon IF I don’t win the Navitas! Hello from Fairbanks, AK, a balmy +16F, warm for Feb!

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  2. Elizabeth

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    Newest amazing food in my life: Mojo Verde Canario, a green salsa made with olive oil, cilantro, garlic and a few other ingredients. Had some while on the island of Tenerife last week. The beautiful spring-like weather was amazing this time of year when Firenze where I live is anywhere from 0-13C. Sorry, for you people in the colder weather! Mojo Verde is good on boiled potatoes(Canary potatoes preferred!), on grilled fish, bread(gluten free of course) and perhaps any other thing you can think of. It can be easily made raw, which I plan to do soon.

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  3. Jessica

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    I love lucuma! I will be making your Lucuma Ice Kream very soon!

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  4. Katrina

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    Sounds interesting – would love to try!

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  5. Megan

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    I know its old news to a lot of you, but my favorite new-top-me superfood is raw cacoa.

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  6. Alison

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    I love nutritional yeast! I toss it in salads, over veggies and I use it in homemade salad dressings and sauces. I love my savoury flavours and this really hits the spot…

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  7. Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble)

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    I have never tried lucuma, but it sounds awesome! My fave superfood has to be raw cacao :)

    xo

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  8. Odelia

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    Hi Meghan!

    K, I see I’m not alone here but in terms of fave superfood, I could really get excited about goji berries (tasty), spirulina (easy protein), tempeh (fermented soy that digests it’s own hard-to-digest properties), and licorice extract (naturally calms you down and raises low blood pressure)…but my all-time-FAVOURITE is raw cacao. After you taught me about the benefits of it I didn’t have to just think about it philosophically. My body and mind FEEL better after I’ve had a raw cacao. There are times when I make one each day!! I feel like I’m getting a wallop of natural iron and protein and hormonal how-do-you-do that makes me feel better when I’m tired, woozy and spent. It’s usually the highlight of my day, so thank you for that sweet introduction!! I’m at home today and that’s going to be my pre-breakfast!! I don’t even care how many feet of snow there are piling up out there. I just want my raw cacao high. :o)

    There you have it,

    Odelia :o)

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  9. Dani @ Body By Nature

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    Would love to try this! I just read about it in David Wolfe’s “Superfoods” yesterday.

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  10. Hayley

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    I’ve been wanting to try this, but never see it in stores. It is on my list of things to try, along with saviseeds. Saviseed is actually the brand name, I forget the name of the actual seed…but they seem to be one of the upcoming superfood trends.

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    • Meghan Telpner

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      I haven’t seen it in stores either- hoping it will soon become more popular and more widely available.

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  11. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

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    I love this stuff!!

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  12. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

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    I follow you on twitter!

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  13. Val

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    You had to save the lucuma until after we left? I’ll have to try this when it’s not so cold and snowy out.

    I’m intrigued by the possibilities of okra, though I haven’t had a chance to cook with it myself yet. Also unfermented cacao.

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  14. Candice

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    My newly discovered superfood is hemp. I’m now a big fan of hemp seeds, hemp protein powder, and hemp seed butter. I find the good combination of protein and fat is perfect for including in my breakfast!

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  15. Candice

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    And I follow you on twitter and facebook.

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  16. Greta

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    Oh, I’ve seen lucuma too and wanted to try it out for a while… The ice cream does sound wonderful. (Psst, I follow you on twitter!)

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  17. Michelle

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    I had never heard of Lucuma before, thanks for the info! I’ll have to get my hands on some and try out that nog recipe!

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  18. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday

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    I like frozen acai berry pulp with a banana and some granola. Best superfood meal ever.

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  19. Karen

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    Ottawa is snowy and blustery this morning but it is not too cold and if you’re dressed properly it is a BEAUTIFUL day. A perfect day for a warming hot chocolate … with no milk or sugar! I bought some Jersualem Artichoke yesterday and cannot wait to soup them up! Enjoy the sunshine! Karen

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    • Meghan Telpner

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      Mmmm- have never tried Jerusalem Artichoke in a soup.

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  20. Sarah L.

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    Wow, I’d love to give Lucuma a try. Sounds yummy!

    I also like you and Navitas on Facebook. :)

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  21. Toby

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    How interesting! I’ll have to look for it at my local specialty grocery store.

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  22. jamie

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    I have actually never tried lucuma. I have heard alot about it and keep meaning to try it.
    I think I will order some from Navitas this week with my next order.
    Maybe the next retreat should be in Peru……they seem to grow alot of goodies.

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  23. Sondi

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    Lucuma sounds amazing, I’d love to try it!

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  24. Erin

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    I’ve heard of lucuma but haven’t tried it yet. I added it to my shopping list as soon as I read your new vanilla cacao bliss bites. And once I have it will definitely try the ice cream! I think that lucuma will be the newest amazing superfood to come into my life!

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    • Meghan Telpner

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      I think you’re right.

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      • Erin

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        I was at Ambrosia today and sadly they do not stock lucuma (which is why I have not ever purchased it!) So I’m sending them a message that they should start stocking it.

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  25. Alisa Fleming

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    Ooh, if it’s sweet, I must try it!

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  26. Alisa Fleming

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    I already like and follow both you and Navitas on Twitter and Facebook! Do I need to add a comment for each??

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  27. Nikki

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    Wow, I must live under a rock. I eat a variety of superfoods, but I’d never heard of lucuma. I’d love to try it! I wonder if the co-op I shop at has it…

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  28. LauraJayne

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    I’ve never heard of this fruit, but have just learned that I have to follow a low-GI diet for healthy reasons – I can’t wait to try it!

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    • Meghan Telpner

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      Have you check my low GI tutorial? It’s a great guide for that!

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  29. Five Seed

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    I have had a bag of lucuma in my cupboard for a few months now and though I really like, I don’t have a lot of recipes for it. I’m looking forward to seeing what else you come up with using lucuma! Thanks, Meghan!

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  30. Ellen

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    i’ve always wondered what this stuff was like! great info here.

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  31. Ellen

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    i follow you on twitter @ellen1214

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  32. Ellen

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    i’m following navitas on twitter as well. thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. melissa

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    I’ve heard lucuma ice cream is very popular in Europe so I would love to give it a try:)

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  34. Shanna

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    Wow…would love to try some of that. My favorite super food right now is Bee Pollen. I put it in my smoothies and seem to have energy to spare. Also follow you on twitter and like your facebook

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  35. Amy

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    Mmm, would love to try this!

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  36. Jennifer

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    Just got into the superfood loving with raw cocao and goji berries, would love to try lucuma next! :)

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  37. jacqueline

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    hello meghan! i am new to your blog :) i love everything i read, i absolutely love your passion for health! it is a beautiful thing you are doing, adding so much to this world!

    i also love my raw cocao nibs in my loaded up superfood smoothie every morning. but i am also an obsessed sprouter so my mung bean and broccoli sprouts might just come first! i am about to give micro green growing a shot! in nyc in the middle of winter! we will see how that goes….

    best to all of you healthy life loving lovelies!

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  38. Tina

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    Can’t wait to try this!
    Yet another superfood to add to my morning shakes :)

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  39. veganlisa

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    I love lucuma!

    I would say chia is the newest superfood to really come into my regular diet. I love adding it to overnight oats, smoothies and raw crackers.

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  40. Katherine

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    I would love to try Lucuma! I have been using yacon syrup as a sweetener & love it. I follow you on twitter & am now following Navitas also.

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  41. Kelly Michelle

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    mmmmmmmm I want to try! Can’t believe ppl were hating on your recipes!

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  42. Out To Lunch Creations

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    I love trying new super foods; I can’t wait to try this sweet one!

    I also follow you and Navitas on Twitter.

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  43. Jennifer R.

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    ooh, the ice cream sounds delish — will be making it soon, even if it is cold out (my kids don’t care one bit!). Enjoy the St. Lucia sun — I loved seeing your pictures from the retreat — makes me feel like I was right there with you, just like last year.

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    • Meghan Telpner

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      We both know that looking at pictures is only a small fraction as good as being here :)

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  44. Rachel

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    Thanks for all the info on this fruit. I had never heard of it before, so I’ll keep my eye out for it at the store to try it! Thanks for the yummy Ice Kream recipe, too. I look forward to trying it!

    I don’t know if this technically counts as a superfood, but a current new fave of mine is nutritional yeast. I really love the tangy/cheesy flavor. It’s such a great sub for cheese! Oh, and I already like you on Facebook.

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    • Meghan Telpner

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      I think if you love something and it’s good for you, that makes it super :)

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  45. Jen

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    I discovered lucuama at Christmas… so far I enjoy it best on my morning oatmeal.

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  46. michelle

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    Lacuma here I come! Lately it’s been kale and chia-rich green smoothies in the morning that have been my superfood crushes as of late.

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  47. Heather Ash

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    I “liked” you on FB

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  48. Dana Marie

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    how curious…..I wonder what the next botanical wonder will be introduced to us,.,,,,,,

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  49. melissa

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    Haven’t tried it yet. I would love to win a bag to sample! •*¨*•.¸¸♥Peace, Health & Happiness♥¸¸.•*¨*•

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  50. Heather Ash

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    I “like” Navitas on FB

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  51. Tasha

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    We love chia here in our house…especially chocolate almond milk with chia, chilled. But would love to try lucuma! Thanks!!

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  52. Krista

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    I’m now following you on Twitter, Meghan – I love trying new foods & I look forward to your updates!
    Krista
    @PhytoK

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  53. Kimberly Dunn

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    I’m going to request this at the store! I need to try it, it sounds a-mazeeeee-ing!

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  54. Ashlei

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    I love Navitas Naturals and it’d be great to give this product a try!

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  55. Ashlei

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    I “like” Navitas on facebook

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  56. Ashlei

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    following Navitas on twitter @the_vegster

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  57. julie rosier

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    this looks great, I think I will attempt it this weekend. thanks!

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  58. Sheena Furnace

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    I would have to say bee pollen is the best new food to come into my life as of late. It’s got that sweet, faint taste of honey without all the stickiness and sometimes intense sweetness that is honey. I find it so versatile! I put it in smoothies. I make a myriad of cacao-based desserts and bee pollen often finds its way into or on top of some sweet treat.

    Plus, what’s not to like about “The Perfect Food?” 96+ trace minerals, including all the ones necessary to sustain human life! Plus, it’s comprised of 40% protein, all of which is completely usable by the body without needing to be further broken down or metabolized. Um, hello, amazing!

    Wondering what I can do with the little buggers next?????

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  59. Jenny Primm

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    Spirulina-love it in my green smoothies!!!

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  60. Green Tidings

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    Great recipe (date syrup would also be yummy)! Here are some interesting nutritional benefits of Lucuma: http://www.greentidings.blogspot.com/2012/05/loving-lucuma.html

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