What are superfoods? They’re foods ( mainly from plant sources) that are crazy amazing for you! Filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, health balancing benefits, rejuvenating properties, and so much more, these foods are life giving and taste really good.
Nourishing our bodies with foods that protect, balance, nourish, heal, maintain, boost, and detoxify is the main part of living a healthy and long life full of vitality. Plants, grains, herbs, seeds, nuts, and more were all created for us to be our food. We’ve just created really weird, fake foods that have become our new normal diet.
When I eat life giving, vitalizing foods, I feel so good and alive and energized and happy. That’s how we’re supposed to feel when we eat! Not bloated, gassy, and congested.
So, along with all the good foods that we should be eating on a daily basis, there are some extra special ones that we label as superfoods because of their insane amounts of restoring and nourishing benefits to our bodies.
Superfoods are honestly really fun (at least to me) to experiment with and try, and are great for adding in smoothies, treats, recipes, and more. I’m going to share my favorite ten super foods that I use and love as well as their health properties!
1. Chia seeds
Chia seeds are packed full of omega 3s and 6s and healthy fatty acids, not to mention tons of protein and fiber considering how small the serving size is. I love using chia seeds in smoothies, baking, making it into pudding, and sprinkling over oatmeal. These are a staple in our home!
2. Cacao nibs
I love incorporating cacao nibs into smoothies, oatmeal, desserts, and more! It’s a great alternative to sugary chocolate chips, plus it’s an amazing source of minerals, antioxidants, and protein!
Matcha is a ground up, ultra concentrated version of green tea and since it’s concentrated, there are tons more health benefits in it! These include antioxidants, increased metabolism, and supports liver, brain, and heart function. I love making matcha lattes, adding to smoothies, and even putting in chia seed puddings, oatmeal, and face masks!
4. Goji berries
Literally a POWERHOUSE of life giving goodness for your body, goji berries are cancer and sickness fighting, full of antioxidants and amino acids, and more! As shown int he picture, goji berries are great for topping smoothie bowls, oatmeal, homemade chocolate, and more. Young Living has an amazing superfood drink made with them, as well as the berries themselves. To learn about Young Living and the products, click here.
Kale is one of the most amazing and nutrition packed vegetables! There are sooo many powerful health benefits in it, and even some I hadn’t even heard of before. With its beautiful deep greenness, this is one of my favorite foods!
Maca is a root similar to how cassava looks, and maca powder is simply the root ground up into a fine flour. I linked to a smoothie recipe that also states the benefits of maca, spirulina, and bee products since I couldn’t find a good source to site the benefits. In a nutshell, it helps to balance emotions, energy, hormones, PMS, and fertility. So a pretty great addition to morning smoothies especially during that time of month.
AKA the mermaid superfood, spirulina is a cyanobacteria or algae that has amazing health benefits and is so fun to add to recipes. It’s packed full of protein and nutrients and B vitamins. Some of the good that it can do for you is: lower inflammation and bad LDL cholesterol, fight cancer, improve anemia, and so much more!
Quinoa ( keen-wah) is one of my favorite rice substitutions because of its high amounts of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, protein, and more. Quinoa is actually a seed and a great gluten free option. It’s super quick and easy to make, and you can use it in basically anything you would use rice for. The different kinds of quinoa is also fun to switch out once in a while like red and mixed!
9. Hemp hearts
So basically there’s a slight obsession with avocado right now over social media and practically everywhere. although guacamole is normally the only thing most people think of when they hear avocado, there are so many more things that you can use them in – avocado toast, in smoothies, over everything. So what’s the fuss? Well, number one, avocados are yummmy. Number two, people are realizing their awesome health benefits including lots of healthy fats that boost brain health, good fatty acids, fiber, and nutrition.
Basically all fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and organic, nourishing foods are superfoods.
God made food to sustain, support, and help us to thrive. So please don’t just go to the grocery store and buy “organic” donuts and peanut butter stuffed crackers, but actually get (and maybe even grow) foods that truly nourish and give life to you.
There are sooo many more foods that are crazy amazing for your body than what I’ve listed, and I totally encourage you to check them out and try them. These include wild caught salmon, nuts, seeds, roots, almost all fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains including black rice, brown rice, red popcorn, and more, eggs, berries, and honestly I could put you to sleep listing them all.
I recently finished reading a awesome book called Nutrition 101: Choose Life!, and it was super eye opening and gave such good information on your body, health and wellness, and life giving foods.
I hope that you enjoyed learning about these 10 superfoods and their incredible properties for our bodies! If you did, let me know in the comments! What superfoods do you love, and do you have any recipes that you enjoy to use them in?
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