8 Superfoods You Should Be Eating

Not all things super wear capes and have statues resurrected in their honor. What makes something super is their inspirational and beneficial effect on the individual. Even though we all can’t be Superman, we can be super by fueling our bodies with incredibly nutritious Whole Foods. Superfoods offer the essential micronutrients that you can’t find in every kind of food. They have the natural ability to fight off illness, detox your liver, decrease inflammation, and be easily incorporated into your on-the-go lifestyle. Here are 8 superfoods that you shouldn’t be living without!

Avocados

Avocados are one of the most nutrient-dense fruits out there. They are loaded with vitamin K, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and folate. They also contain twice the amount of potassium as a banana! Avocados are also rich with healthy fats to keep your body going throughout the day and decreases high cholesterol.

Best Ways to Eat: On toast, in a smoothie, or by itself with a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon.

Blueberries

Don’t be fooled by their small size. Blueberries are packed full with antioxidants and phytonutrients that boost immunity, soothe inflammation, lower cholesterol, enhance digestion, and boost brain health. P.S the darker the berry, the more antioxidants it will have!

Best Ways to Eat: With oatmeal, in a smoothie, or in a summer salad! 

Probiotics

For optimal digestion and immunity, you need a balance of 85% good bacteria vs. 15% bad. Adding probiotic-rich foods to your diet such as kimchi, miso, coconut water, and kombucha, will help you increase the good bacteria. Re-establishing this balance will allow you to lose weight, sleep better, enjoy clearer skin, increase your stamina, reduce bloating, and have regular bowl movements.

Best Ways to Eat: Added to your salad, sandwiches, and wraps.

Raw Cacao

If you think dark chocolate is good for you, wait till you here about it’s big brother. Raw cacao contains nearly four times the antioxidant content of dark chocolate, 20 times more than blueberries, and 119 times more than bananas. It’s the highest plant-based source of iron and magnesium. It can improve your memory, reduce the risk of heart failure, shred fat, and boost your immunity. Plus it’s high doses of tryptophan acts as a powerful mood enhancer.

Best Ways to Eat: In a protein shake, mixed into oatmeal, a sugar alternative

Flax Seeds

These little babies are vital for optimal brain function. They’re full of a ton of fiber, B vitamins, cancer-fighting antioxidants, and hormone-balancing nutrients. They also help with energy production, oxygen transfer, and the reduction of cholesterol levels.

Best Ways to Eat: In a smoothie bowl, mixed into yogurt, drizzled on top of chia seed pudding

Broccoli

If you had a choice to only eat one vegetable, that choice should be broccoli. It’s the ultimate superfood powerhouse loaded with fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, and disease-fighting antioxidants. It has been found to boost immunity, support cardiovascular health, strengthen bones, and lower the incidence of cataracts.

Best Ways to Eat: raw, steamed, or as a soup

Sea Veggies

Let’s dive under the sea to try some overlooked superfood gems. Organic sea veggies like kelp, wake, and kombu are great sources of natural iodine and vitamin K. They are known to help balance thyroid function, detoxify your body from heavy metals, environmental pollutants, and help control the growth of viruses and bacteria

Best Ways to Eat: diy sushi, mixed in with rice, or dried 

Spirulina

Also known as natural green dye, this algae packs a strong odor, but it contains over 65% of complete protein – which is 300% more than your average fish or meat! It’s rich in chlorophyll iron, antioxidants, beta-carotene, and fatty acids. Spirulina also helps to improve bodily absorptions and detoxify your liver.

Best Ways to Eat: in a protein shake or smoothie (don’t worry, you won’t taste it too much)

Want to hear about something super for your skin? How about a moisturizer?