May 27, 2016

Superfood of the Day: Tigernuts

Have you heard of tigernuts?

The latest superfood craze, especially among fans of the paleo diet, is not a nut - it's actually a small root vegetable!

Tigernuts make a great snack, either straight out of the bag or after an overnight soak in water to soften them. My favorite way to eat them is out of the bag, because I like the crunch!

There are many reasons to eat tigernuts. They may look like wooden beads, but they're also rich in a variety of important minerals and in the prebiotic fiber that nourishes the good bacteria in our large intestines!

I recently tried an assortment of tigernut products from Organic Gemini.

Organic Gemini has a nice variety of tigernut products, beyond the two types of raw tigernut granola and raw tigernut snacks that I tried. Their snacks and granola fit into pretty much any healthy diet - they're non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher, vegan, paleo, nut free, organic, and made by real people in Brooklyn. It's always nice to know where your food comes from!

I tried two varieties of the tigernuts. The original is simply pure tigernuts in their natural form and was my favorite. They're crunchy and have a great nutty flavor, even though they're not actually nuts. Eating them out of the bag is closest to snacking on large peanuts, but without the greasy fingers or heaviness after.

For those who find the original too crunchy or are more skeptical of new healthy foods (especially kids), the peeled tigernuts are great. They're softer and have a milder taste, but are still full of prebiotic fiber and minerals like magnesium, potassium, and iron.

Even the peeled tigernuts have only one ingredient on their ingredients list!

For those who are avoiding gluten or grains more generally, their granola makes a great alternative to the typical granola. Even for those who aren't avoiding grains or gluten, but just want to eat a bit healthier, Organic Gemini Tigernut Granolas are a great choice!

Both flavors that I tried, Banana Cacao and Apple Cinnamon, are delicious both on their own or enjoyed with yogurt or some sort of milk. I tried them with greek yogurt, coconut yogurt, soy milk, and almond milk - all ways were delicious!

This granola is also high in healthy fats, low in added sugars, and high fiber, making it a much healthier choice than many other commercial granolas.

The ingredients list is mercifully short and easy to understand. It doesn't read like a chemistry textbook or the back of a bottle of shampoo.

I liked that both types of granola that I tried had plenty of seeds, including pumpkin seeds. They were delicious, crunchy, not too sweet but sweet enough, and much more satisfying than a typical breakfast cereal. 

Have you tried tigernuts?

What is your favorite snack at the moment?


  1. Never heard of this... But will go try looking for it here:) sounds interesting:)


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