Su­per­foods 2.0 8

Milwaukee Health - - PERSPECTIVE -

From ac­ti­vated char­coal to func­tional mush­rooms and matcha, lo­cal res­tau­rants are in­cor­po­rat­ing sev­eral new su­per­food trends.

Ac­ti­vated char­coal

Ur­ban Beets Café is su­per-fo­cused on su­per­foods. “One of my goals when open­ing a ve­gan juice bar and cafe was we wanted these su­per­foods to be ac­ces­si­ble to all and ed­u­cate our cus­tomers to the ben­e­fits,” says Dawn Bal­istreri. Her Le­mon Aid Smoothie mixes im­mune-boost­ing le­mon es­sen­tial oil with ac­ti­vated char­coal, a form of heat-pro­cessed car­bon from co­conut shells or other nat­u­ral sources said to trap and flush out tox­ins and chem­i­cals in the gut.

Matcha

Matcha, a tra­di­tional Ja­panese green tea pow­der tout­ing higher con­cen­tra­tions of caf­feine, an­tiox­i­dants and amino acids than typ­i­cal green tea, claims to pro­tect the liver and heart and aid with weight loss. “Not only have we been of­fer­ing matcha for years, but we di­rectly source from our fa­vorite gardens with mi­cro-lots pro­duced ex­clu­sively for Rishi Tea,” says Mag­gie Oliver of Mil­wau­kee’s Rishi Tea, which sup­plies a half dozen va­ri­eties of matcha to Kick­apoo, Fuel Café, Brewed Café and oth­ers.

Mush­rooms

“Mush­room Mike” Jozwik cul­ti­vates mush­rooms for more than 250 res­tau­rants, and says there’s never been higher de­mand for func­tional mush­rooms, such as Hen of the Woods (im­muno­log­i­cal ben­e­fits), Turkey Tail (anti-car­cino­gen prop­er­ties) and Lion’s Mane – which he can barely keep in stock (new vege­tar­ian haunt Strange Town is “us­ing a ton.”) “[Lion’s Mane is] be­ing stud­ied quite heav­ily for neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­eases and re­gen­er­a­tion of cer­tain types of cells that might as­sist in work­ing against Alzheimer’s dis­ease.”

Bonus trend

The Third Ward’s Bavette La Boucherie is serv­ing up $7 mugs of bone broth for those hop­ing to detox, lose weight, pro­tect joints, sup­port the im­mune sys­tem, aid me­tab­o­lism and more.

Rishi Tea’s matcha

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