Superfoods 101

Superfoods are exactly what they are called - foods that are super packed with nutrients that will make you feel good and energized throughout the day.

Below are some superfoods you probably already have in your household or some you can easily get your hands on to start incorporating into your daily diet.

Acai Berries

This native Brazilian berry is packed with high antioxidants. It can also improve cognitive functions and maintain steady blood sugar levels. You can buy acai frozen for delicious smoothies or the ever popular in an acai bowl.

Almonds

The best nutrient rich nut. Almonds are low in calorie but high in fat which makes it an ideal snack. It’s also commonly used as a dairy alternative for milk. Be careful with processed almond milks though, as they are filled with other additives. Making your own almond milk is your best option here. (Post coming soon on this.) 

Avocados

A healthy fat full of vitamin C and more potassium than one whole banana.  These are basically good with everything - guacamole, avocado toast, etc.

Blue Majik

A property from the Spirulina algae (more info on Spirulina below) for healthy joints and inflammation support. Also increases energy levels and vitality. Can be mixed in smoothies or beverages for the best taste.

Blueberries

Small, but mighty! High in antioxidants including disease fighting properties. Great on their own or mixed in with smoothies.

Cinnamon

High in antioxidants and associated with lowering blood sugar/cholesterol. Also decreases inflammation in the body and can alleviate PMS symptoms for women. Add on top of almost any beverage or mix in your favorite fruit for added flavor.

Cacao Nibs

Cacao - not chocolate! It’s the original source of chocolate, which comes from the seeds of the cacao tree. Boosts energy and burns fat while improving your mood. Can be added to smoothies/smoothie bowls, on top of oatmeal, chia puddings and etc.

Coconut

Great source of fatty acid that supports your gut because of its bacteria fighting properties. Coconut can be used in a variety of ways - most recently in the form of coconut oil, which has been tied to weight loss.

Flaxseed

Can help reduce inflammation in the body and improve the overall brain function. May protect against cancer and/or diabetes. Great to mix in with smoothies or your morning oatmeal. Sprinkle on top of any dish for texture.

Goji Berries

Can prevent eye disease or protect against skin damage. Great to boost energy levels. Add to your favorite smoothie bowl.

Hemp Seeds

Most commonly found in plant based protein that is balanced in OMEGA fatty acids. Nutty flavoring is good to add sprinkled on top of anything.

Kale

Packed with fiber, protein, iron, magnesium, just to name a few as well as a multitude of vitamins. Best used for weight loss because it has very few calories. Kale can be good as a raw salad, mixed in a green juice or smoothie or even roasted with spices. There are endless ways to incorporate it into your diet.

Maca Powder

Promotes balance in the body and supports libido and energy levels. Can be mixed in coffee, smoothies, or yogurts.  

Sweet Potatoes

High in vitamin C and full of potassium. These are great boiled/frozen in smoothies or roasted in the oven with some spices.

Spirulina

A blue-green algae that is one of the most potent superfoods on this earth. Including all 8 essential amino acids. Aids digestion, removes toxins in the body, increases energy levels, improves the brain and lessens fatigue. Great to mix in teas and smoothies. Fun fact: Spirulina is actually higher in protein than red meat!

 

xx Megan