Superfoods 2.0 8
From activated charcoal to functional mushrooms and matcha, local restaurants are incorporating several new superfood trends.
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, 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.
“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.”
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