When I first became interested in nutrition and natural health, the very first book that I read was SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life.
And looking back, it actually kind of did change my life because if forever shifted the way that I view food.
Superfoods are a class of foods that have superior health benefits due to their high concentration of essential nutrients and antioxidants. These foods have the ability to give you great energy, protect against disease, and help in preventing (and even reversing!) signs of aging.
Although I think it’s a little bit dated, I do suggest Dr. Steven Pratt’s book for learning foundational foods that are nutrition powerhouses – among these are salmon, blueberries, pumpkin, spinach, green tea and walnuts. However, today I wanted to introduce a few “fancier” – if you will – foods that offer some major benefits to your overall well-being.
AKA raw chocolate, this food is claimed as the highest antioxidant content on the Earth. High in magnesium, it helps regulate blood pressure, balance brain chemistry and keeps your regular. High in anandamide, the “bliss chemical”, cacao promotes feelings of rejuvenation and a sense of well-being. This banana cacao smoothie is one of my favorites!
Hemp seeds contain all essential amino acids, making them a fantastic vegetarian protein source. They also contain 21 trace minerals and are A rich source of phytonutrients, which are the disease-protective element of plants help to protect your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs and mitochondria. This is probably my go-to staple superfood add-in when making a green smoothie.
This Peruvian superfood is considered an adaptogen, which helps to increase energy, endurance, and libido. It’s also been used to alleviate PMS symptoms and help with fertility by naturally balancing hormones. This can be purchased in powder form at Whole Foods or other health food stores. I recently bought this in bulk at the Dekalb Farmers Market in Atlanta for cheap! If you are in a larger city, you may want to check into purchasing this at an international market.
This natural algae is 63% protein and touted as the best source of plant based protein on the planet. Containing a high level of chlorophyll, it helps remove toxins from the body and boosts the immune system. It’s also a fantastic source of bio-available iron and other essential vitamins and minerals. I must admit that I don’t prefer the taste of this superfood and always make sure to hide it well in a smoothie by adding a little extra fruit J
Bee pollen supplies almost every single nutrient that the body needs for survival. It is packed with enzymes, which help break down and digest food, making it fantastic for aiding in digestion. It’s also rich in antioxidants, minerals, probiotics and is considered one of the highest vibration foods in the world. Bee pollen is best bought locally (I buy mine at the farmer’s market,) And it even tastes delicious – no hiding flavor on this one!
Have you tried any of these super foods, or have any other favorites that you incorporate in a smoothie? Would love to hear from you in the comments below!