Monday, September 9, 2013

17 Top Superfoods to Add to Smoothies, Baking, and More!

As more and more of us shop at whole food and health markets and have become aware of the importance of eating clean and organic foods, we are naturally moving towards foods that have the potential to make us incredibly healthy!  Super foods are not new, in fact, they have been around since ancient times.  We are just rediscovering what our ancestors already knew instinctively.

Super foods are natural food sources with a highly concentrated, complex supply of high quality nutrients with the least negative properties.  Marketing is pushing them as diet aids in magazines, billboards and TV. The truth is, however, they are not always low in calories, but for the number of calories present, they are always high in nutrients.  They are an EXCELLENT addition to ANY healthy diet!

Super foods, of course, should NOT be the only part of your diet.  Simply, they can enhance already healthy practices.  Super foods can help nourish the brain, muscles, bones, organs, immune system, hair, skin and nails.  They also correct imbalances in the diet.  The ultimate goal would be to be able to quit taking vitamin and mineral supplements altogether and actually get all of the nutrients that you need from your food.

Super foods include:

  • Acai
  • Algae
  • Aloe Vera
  • Bee Products
  • Cacao (my favorite, as I'm sure all know by now!)
  • Camu Camu Berry
  • Chlorella
  • Coconut (a close second)
  • Goji Berries
  • Hempseed
  • Incan Berries
  • Kelp
  • Maca (adds a nice, nutty flavor to smoothies)
  • Marine Phytoplankton
  • Noni
  • Spirulina
  • Yacon

Do you use any of these regularly?  If so, which ones?  I'd love to hear.  I use cacao in baking and in smoothies as well as coconut oil in just about everything.  Other favorites in our kitchen include raw local honey and bee pollen, spirulina, and chlorella.  How do you take your favorite super food?

Be well,


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