A southeast Asian fruit that mimics the texture of pulled pork is a great alternative for vegetarians, or those looking to eat less meat. Look for canned young jackfruit in brine for savory applications. You can use it as a meat substitute in tacos or sandwiches.


A low-calorie source of iodine and other vitamins and minerals. Seaweed comes in many varieties and has a salty, under-the-sea flavor that is a perfect complement to soups, salads, and rice dishes.

Cauliflower on plate

Crumbled and cooked cauliflower florets have fewer calories and more fiber than traditional white rice, making it a smart choice for those watching their carbohydrate intake.

Dragonfruit beautifully presented

This exotic looking fruit is a member of the cactus family. Cut it up and serve as a side or add to salsa for a unique spin on tacos or simply as a garnish on your salad!

Spirulina smoothie

Spirulina is a blue-green algae harvested from tropical lakes, is a source of vitamins, minerals, and plant-based proteins. Since its mainly accessible in powder format, it is not as easy to incorporate into your savoury dishes but it works great in desserts or drinks like smoothies and teas such as Pure Leaf®.

Maca root
Maca root on spoon

Unlike Spirulina, Maca Root can be cooked with other vegetables in empanadas, jams, or soups. However, the most common form found outside of Peru, the largest harvester of Maca Root, in powder, or flour form. It has an earthy, nutty flavor and works well in baking as well as a nutritious supplement to smoothies.