An Illustrated Guide To Superhero Ingredients

The dictionary may say one thing, but the truth is, the definition of a superhero is different for everyone. For some people, a superhero is the unidentified person who mails their wallet back after they mistakenly left it on the train. For others, the Hollywood definition of a superhero comes to mind—complete with a cape and superhuman abilities. But for me, the idea of a superhero is much more simple. It can be someone who asks about my day and actually listens to my answer. Or something as simple as a tool or invention that makes my week a little bit easier to manage. Sometimes, superheroes come to us in the form of a trusted friend, a smile from a stranger, or even a microwavable meal, packed with superfood ingredients, that helps us take care of ourselves far better than we sometimes do on our own.

With vegetables, spices, antibiotic-free meat, and whole grains, Evol’s frozen food options make it easy to eat real food made with ingredients you can actually pronounce—without slowing down your busy lifestyle, or falling into the trap of TV and takeout. That’s why we’ve partnered with the frozen food company to highlight the superhero ingredients featured in Evol’s meals that make our meals more wholesome, and our lives a little easier to manage.

The Fighting Fungus

Street Name: Portabella Mushrooms

Superpowers: Loaded with essential nutrients, The Fighting Fungus is just that: a powerhouse of protein and carbs. And it doesn’t even rely on sunlight to make its own energy—unlike plants. This delicious and self-sufficient vegetable also contains fiber to help your digestive tract, potassium to aid your muscles, and B-vitamins, which help form your red blood cells and keep your body running!

Where To Find It: Evol’s Truffle Parmesan Portabella Risotto

The Amber Paragon

Street Name: Butternut Squash

Superpowers: The Amber Paragon is best known for being chock full of vitamin A, a rich source of dietary fiber, and an excellent source of potassium (at 582 milligrams of potassium per one cup, that’s more potassium than a banana!). Additionally, this yellow-eyed luminary contains vital poly-phenolic antioxidants and various other vitamins—like vitamin C, vitamin B-6, and magnesium. All of these components make the Amber Paragon’s plight—which includes lowering high blood pressure, fostering your heart health, promoting a healthy digestive tract, boosting the immune system, and strengthening bones—easier battles to fight.

Where To Find It: Evol’s Butternut Squash and Sage Raviolis

The Big Cheese

Street Name: Cheddar Cheese

Superpowers: It's hard to believe something so delicious can be good for you — making The Big Cheese that much more robust. Packed with protein, calcium, vitamin D, and potassium, cheddar cheese can help fight osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Evol even ups the ante by ensuring the cheese in their meals comes from cows raised in the USA, produced without the use of animal rennet. Can we get a moo?!

Where To Find It: Evol’s Chicken Enchilada Bake

Captain Chlorophyll

Street Name: Broccoli

Superpowers: Captain Chlorophyll may look like a tiny tree, but its superpowers go way beyond the stem. A superb source of vitamin K, vitamin C, chromium, and folate, Captain Chlorophyll (or, Broccoli, as his friends call him) is also a great source of dietary fiber, which can boost your digestive health and lower cholesterol. Touting potassium to help with nerve function and heart health, and folate to boost cell production and maintenance, it's hard to go wrong with this particular green.

Where To Find It: Evol’s Teriyaki Chicken

Scarlet Maw

Street Name: Red Bell Pepper

Superpowers: Leading the charge against inflammatories, the Scarlet Maw contains several phytochemicals and carotenoids, providing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits. Another reason the Scarlet Maw is a force to be reckoned with is it's high vitamin C content, which powers up your immune system. Its source of vitamin E helps to revitalize your skin and hair, while vitamin B-6 keeps your nervous system healthy, and renews cells. And if all of that doesn't impress you, the Maw's bold red color is sure to leave a striking impression.

Where To Find It: Evol’s Fire Grilled Steak

This post is sponsored by Evol.

Images: Mary Blount