10 Superfoods You Should Be Eating

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Superfoods are a quick and easy way to get some serious nutrients into your body. Yet stepping into the world of superfoods can be a little intimidating. We get it. We’ve been there!

“How much will this cost me?”
“Do they taste good?”
“Which ones do I use?”
“Why do I need those weird things anyway?”

In short, superfoods are great for your body and great for our world. They are all natural and are filled with many nutrients that our bodies crave but don’t receive. And because they are non-GMO + organic that means they are coming from hard working farmers who take care of their crops and the earth in sustainable ways. So, to help you transition into becoming a superfood user we made a list of the top 10 superfoods we love in green smoothies.

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And here’s why…


chia seedsChia Seeds
If you are looking for a green smoothie staple then you have come to the right place. These do-it-all superseeds are good for your head with their high content of omega fatty acids that increase healthy brain function, but have also proven to be good for your heart by fighting high cholesterol and heart disease. They even boast a wide variety of nutrients, such as: protein, fiber, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, iron, calcium and antioxidants. Use up to three tablespoons of chia seeds in your smoothie for a thick consistency and a mildly sweet flavor. Buy chia seeds.

coconut oil smoothiesCoconut Oil 
If you are exercising for weight loss then coconut oil will be an important ingredient for you. The fatty acids in this superfood fight body fat by converting into energy that boosts metabolism as opposed to animal derived saturated fats that add body fat. Use one tablespoon of coconut oil in your green smoothie for breakfast and you should notice less of yourself in the mirror in no time. Buy coconut oil.

flaxseed smoothiesFlax Seeds
Flax seed is best known for its fatty acids and fiber. When talking about omega fatty acids it is better ask what they can’t do then what they can. This powder plays its part in proper cardiovascular and immune system health, brain function, joint function, soft skin, and more. The fiber in flax is also good for many things, but especially effective with eliminating toxins from your body. Add just one tablespoon of ground flaxseed or try whole seeds to your smoothie for a subtle, nutty flavor with more than subtle nutrition. Buy flaxseed powder.

goji berries smoothieGoji Berries
Perhaps one of the tastiest top ten treats, goji berries are known for their healing strength. The nutrients included in these berries are antioxidants and amino acids, but the real strength lies within their more than 20 vitamins and minerals. These precious nutrients have been used for centuries in Asian cultures to strengthen eyesight, fight against viruses, balance hormones, and even to assist with the longevity of life. Not feeling the best? Sweeten things up with 1/2 cup of these berries in your smoothie! Buy goji berries.

spirulina smoothieSpirulina
Of course, superfoods aren’t always made from glamorous plants. Sometimes they are made from pond algae, like Spirulina. Though its taste may be subpar, its high content of everything nutritious makes up for it. Spirulina’s top two ingredients are protein and omega fatty acids. We highly recommended it to anyone who has recently taken on the challenge to eat vegetarian. Use anywhere from one to two teaspoons of spirulina in your daily smoothie. Buy spirulina here.

cacao smoothieCacao Powder and Nibs
Cacao is filled with two things that we love: antioxidants and chocolatey flavor! The antioxidants boost your immune system which helps to resist those nasty colds and sickness. The rich, chocolatey flavor is delicious and dessert-like which helps to resist those sugar cravings while still satisfying your sweet tooth. Blend two to four tablespoons of cacao powder with your daily smoothie and enjoy the warm flavors. Or sprinkle some cacao nibs on top for just a hint of goodness. Or both! Buy cacao.

avocadoAvocado
We always have avocados on our counter. They are a big part of our diet. We toss them in smoothies, make guacamole and constantly eat them by themselves. These green gems contain almost 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds that will boost your smoothie real fast and make it extra creamy. They are loaded with heart-healthy fats that will keep your skin glowing and your tummy full longer.

hemp smoothie

Hemp Protein 
At times it can be difficult to receive the proper amounts of protein and fiber that our bodies need in a healthy way. Hemp protein powder makes it a little easier boasting a whopping 50% protein content and much higher levels of fiber than soy-based protein powder. The hemp content is also kid friendly, as it encourages childhood growth through its amino acids. Athletes can also turn to this superfood for its ability to repair muscles. You can add one to four tablespoons of hemp protein, which has a much stronger taste. You can also buy hemp hearts and sprinkle one to two tablespoons of top of smoothies or add to your salads for a nutty, protein packed punch. Buy hemp hearts and hemp powder.

camu smoothieCamu Powder
Camu is all about the “C” that it starts with… Vitamin C. Camu berries come from the Peruvian river regions and are packed with more vitamin C than any orange you’ll ever eat. Vitamin C has been linked with stronger immune systems and protection against viruses helping you fight off those nasty colds, and may even help to keep your skin healthy and vibrant. Camu powder’s tart taste works well with all kinds of fruits. You only need to add one teaspoon or so to your smoothies to achieve that perfect combination of tart and sweet. Buy Camu powder.

acai smoothieAcai
A-what? This smooth superfood is popular for its mispronunciation (uh-sigh-ee), but even more popular for keeping you fiery and full. These Brazilian berries are loaded with antioxidants that boost your body’s energy and ability to focus. Their protein and fiber will also keep you feeling full making the Acai berry (or powder) a weight fighting superhero. Acai has a wide range of possibilities. Its creamy consistency and almost chocolatey flavor works well with both sweet and savory flavors by adding just one tablespoon to your smoothie. Buy acai powder.

 

The Roundup: top superfoods


Bringing superfoods into your green smoothies is really all about knowing how to use them and knowing what you need in your diet. It is important to find superfoods that enhance the flavor and consistency of your smoothies, and work with your mix, but just as important to incorporate the superfoods that give you the nutrients you are looking for. Nothing beats finding that perfect combination of taste and nutrition to help you eat healthy and help our world.
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357 Responses to “10 Superfoods You Should Be Eating”

  1. Joy 7.1.2015 at 9:10 pm #

    Hello, could you include suggested super foods in each smoothie recipe please? Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.2.2015 at 5:11 am #

      Hi Joy,

      Thanks for reaching out! We’ll definitely chat with our team about your suggestion, in the meantime…experiment, the above superfoods are a great addition to any green smoothie!

      Cheers :)

  2. Rohit Chopra 6.29.2015 at 12:38 am #

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    • SGS Rawkstar 6.29.2015 at 7:09 am #

      Thanks for sharing, Rohit!

  3. sandi 6.25.2015 at 11:35 pm #

    Good morning to you, from a cold South African morning,

    Thank you so much for this website. It is winter here by us, so we do not have mangoes in season now. Please advise, what other fruit, will be the best replacement.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.26.2015 at 6:34 pm #

      Hi Sandi,

      Thanks for reaching out! When our favorite fruits are out of season we love reaching for frozen fruit, it allows us to enjoy our favorites throughout the entire year, and adding at least one frozen fruit ensures our smoothie is chilled to perfection! Can’t find frozen mango, no worries, we’ve got you covered! Papaya + kiwi are both great substitutes for mango.

      Cheers :)

  4. sandi 6.18.2015 at 11:23 am #

    Hi,
    when using the super 10 foods, do I use one product per smoothie, or can I use one or two different ones together.

  5. Lizzie 6.12.2015 at 11:19 pm #

    Hi there! I study nutrition and was just wondering why you state that coconut oil doesn’t have saturated fats? In fact, it has one of the highest saturated fatty acid contents out there!
    Cheers

    • Áine 6.15.2015 at 12:57 am #

      The saturated fats in coconut oil are actually not unhealthy like the saturated fats we are familiar with. Coconut oils saturated fats occur naturally, while the kind of saturated fats that are actually bad for you are man-made! I’ll attatch an article for you, it is quite interesting!
      ~Áine

      Source: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/10/22/coconut-oil-and-saturated-fats-can-make-you-healthy.aspx

      • SGS Rawkstar 6.18.2015 at 7:05 am #

        Thanks for sharing, Áine!

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.18.2015 at 7:04 am #

      Hi Lizzie,

      Thanks for letting us know, and pointing out the confusion! Our intention was to share the difference between animal + plant based saturated fats. We’re looking into rewording our page now – to ensure our message is clear for our community.

      Cheers :)

  6. Jackie 5.14.2015 at 3:45 pm #

    I love trying all these different smoothies, and thankfully, so does my 4-year-old! I’ve never tried any other superfood other than chia seeds, so I would like to start including them. However, I also have a 4-month-old baby that I am nursing. Do you know if any of the mentioned superfoods should be avoided while breastfeeding?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.14.2015 at 6:02 pm #

      Hi Jackie,

      Thanks for reaching out! While breastfeeding + green smoothies are usually a perfect match! We’re we’re not doctors or nutritionists. We suggest you talk with your doctor about any health concerns— I’m sure they can help you decide what is best for you and your body. Cheers to health + happiness!

  7. Rose Ranocchia 5.10.2015 at 12:59 pm #

    True, chia seeds have a variety of nutrients for health !. But should report on possible negative effects (“if they occur”).
    I say this because I read an article that some people have side effects when they consume these chia seeds. http://semillasdechiahoy.com/5-contraindicaciones-de-la-chia-y-sus-efectos-secundarios/

    Otherwise very good article and I thank you for the information needed.

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.11.2015 at 12:42 pm #

      Hi Rose,

      Thank you for sharing the article! You’re correct, like any food, individuals with specific allergies or health concerns should avoid adding chia to their smoothies.

  8. chris b 5.9.2015 at 9:31 pm #

    Why is it not ok to consume all of these things in one shake?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.11.2015 at 12:38 pm #

      Hi Chris,

      Adding all 10 superfoods into one smoothie would provide your body with much more than the suggested daily requirements of protein, healthy fats, + antioxidants. It’s important to read the benefits of each superfood + add them based on what you need to add to your diet. Is your diet missing out on protein, add a serving of chia seeds or spirulina. Looking to add additional healthy fats to your diet add a serving of avocado, coconut oil, or flax seed.

  9. Jennifer 5.7.2015 at 10:00 am #

    Hello, My name is jennifer and im interested in adding these top 10 super foods to my diet. I make two blends a day and want to introduce these into my life. Could it be harmful to use all 10 items in the same blend. what im wondering is….do all 10 ingredients coexist in one smoothie or will they neutralize each other…or spread them out threw out the week?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.7.2015 at 6:16 pm #

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for reaching out! Adding all 10 superfoods into one smoothie would provide your body with much more than the suggested daily requirements of protein, healthy fats, + antioxidants. It’s important to read the benefits of each superfood + add them based on what you need to add to your diet. Is your diet missing out on protein, add a serving of chia seeds or spirulina. Looking to add additional healthy fats to your diet add a serving of avocado, coconut oil, or flax seed.

  10. Caren 5.7.2015 at 6:35 am #

    When you add fresh ginger, do you peel it first or throw in as is? And how do you store it so it doesn’t dry out? I’ve been doing my green smoothies every morning for 1-1/2 months now and I LOVE them!! Yesterday I added 2 fresh basil leaves … AMAZING flavor! I love reading all these comments and questions, thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.7.2015 at 9:31 am #

      Hi Caren,

      Thanks for reaching out! We suggest peeling your ginger prior to blending! My favorite way to peel ginger is to scrape the edge of a spoon against the ginger to peel off the skin.When storing ginger store the whole, unpeeled ginger root in a resealable plastic bag, with the air pushed out, in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. If part of the ginger has been cut or peeled, be sure to blot it dry with a paper towel before storing.

      Yum! We love blendin’ with basil + other herbs! :)

      Cheers :)

  11. Cecily 5.2.2015 at 12:22 pm #

    Has anyone ever tried adding pepita seeds (pumpkin seeds) to their smoothies?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.2.2015 at 7:51 pm #

      Hi Cecily,

      Sounds like a great idea! Try it, and let us know what you think!

  12. Melanie 5.1.2015 at 8:31 am #

    Hi ladies,

    I use coconut oil for cooking and baking but because it solidifies so quickly, I struggle to include it in my drinks. Is there a trick to avoid oily chunks?

    Thanks,
    Mel

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.1.2015 at 10:17 am #

      Hi Melanie,

      You’re right! Coconut oil solidifies quickly, and can leave chunks in your smoothie. To help prevent this… with your blender on it’s lowest speed, slowly drizzle in melted coconut oil (melted, not hot!), after you’ve blended the rest of your smoothie. This will help prevent any clumping.

      Hope this helps! Cheers :)

  13. Nadia 4.30.2015 at 1:36 pm #

    Have you heard of Moringa? If so have you considered using it in your smoothies?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.30.2015 at 2:07 pm #

      Thanks for the suggestion Nadia! We’ll have to look into it!

      Cheers :)

  14. Corina 4.20.2015 at 6:58 pm #

    Do you have recipes with ginger? Hav’nt seen one yet? Just wondering what to mix it with so it’s not too strong. Thank-you

  15. Jutta Thomes 4.18.2015 at 12:22 pm #

    Hallo,
    I need a List of Prices and a German Konversation….Is this possible?
    I want more Infromations about your Products and the Prices to buy.
    Thanks J. Thomes

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.20.2015 at 8:09 am #

      Hi Jutta,

      We currently don’t have the capability to ship outside of the United States, so our products are priced for the U.S. dollar. But we try to use products + ingredients that are available throughout the world.

      Cheers :)

  16. claudia 4.10.2015 at 3:56 am #

    Hey there-What are your thoughts on wheat grass? Curious why I see wheat grass “shots” offered at Whole foods and other juicing shops but dont really see that for other greens?? I recently purchased a bag of frozen wheat grass shots (organic) and was told that it loses its nutritional value rather quickly when frozen or sitting in the frig. It seems like it has some amazing nutritional value but is a tricky one. Would love your thoughts. Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.10.2015 at 3:22 pm #

      Claudia,

      While we haven’t included wheat grass in our smoothies, wheat grass has some wonderful nutritional benefits!

      • Caren 5.7.2015 at 6:37 am #

        I have been putting fresh wheatgrass in my smoothies this week, tastes great!

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    • SGS Rawkstar 4.9.2015 at 10:25 am #

      Micah,

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      Cheers :)

  18. Carol 3.30.2015 at 11:23 am #

    Can I use steel cut oats rather than rolled? If so how much would I put in? Should I mill them?

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.30.2015 at 4:50 pm #

      Hi Carol,

      Of course you can use steel cut oats rather than rolled. Because of their coarser texture some people like to soak them prior to blending. I believe milling them would help with the coarser texture as well. Enjoy!!

  19. Julia 3.26.2015 at 6:19 pm #

    I love green smoothies! Some days it is the only way I get any nutritional food into my family. I would like to add to the above list one superfood “green” that we add to our smoothies for its amazing health benefits: Radicchio. It is an amazing “new” superfood that is often overlooked: http://radicchio.com/what-we-grow/nutrition/

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.26.2015 at 7:49 pm #

      Julia,

      Thank you so much for sharing! Cheers :)

  20. Jermaine 3.21.2015 at 9:51 am #

    Hi! Can you please tell me whether a smoothie would have good nutritional value if I do not add spirulina and avocado to the recipe? Additionally, should smoothies preferably be consumed in breakfast or can I consume it at anytime of the day. On the site http://benefitsofjuicing.net/starting-day-right-breakfast-smoothies/
    the author talks about how good it is to consume smoothies during breakfast as it is ‘an important meal’ however I for a fact don’t have time in the morning to make a smoothie and the best time for me to make one would be in the evening when I get back home from work; so is it okay if I consume a smoothie at night? Hoping for a reply from you soon :)

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.26.2015 at 7:48 pm #

      Hi Jermaine,

      Our recipes are here to inspire you — you don’t have to follow them to a T. Yet we do think they are mighty tasty! Feel free to use other green smoothie recipes and even make some up yourself. The key to making green smoothies your lifestyle is making it easy and part of your daily routine.

      You can drink it anytime. Just be ready for an evening energy boost. When I drink green smoothies at night, it’s like coffee for me. :)

  21. Debi 3.12.2015 at 5:03 am #

    I tried to make the chocolate pudding with chia seeds and let it sit overnight. In the morning the chia seeds had sunk to the bottom of the jar and the mixture wasn’t thick ..

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.12.2015 at 10:26 am #

      Where did you get the recipe from?

      • Debi 3.14.2015 at 8:03 pm #

        The recipe is found under 6 Reasons Why we Love Chia Seeds

  22. Kristina 3.10.2015 at 1:28 pm #

    Do you have recipes that show the super foods in the lost of ingredients and how much to use. I didn’t see any of these ‘superfoods’ listed in your smoothie ingredients and I want to incorporate them into my smoothies. I’m just not sure which ones (all?) nd how much?

  23. Kim 3.9.2015 at 8:53 am #

    Can the 10 superfoods be combined in one serving?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.9.2015 at 3:27 pm #

      Hey Kim.

      We suggest 1 superfood at a time, with one serving at a time. :)

  24. kay 3.5.2015 at 10:27 am #

    Every time I try using cocoa powder to my smoothies it does not blend well at all,it actually floats in it.Do you have any suggestions?

    • Leo Stelpstra 3.5.2015 at 6:52 pm #

      Hi Kay,

      Did you try to dissolve it in some warm spring water first and add it to your smoothies that way

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.6.2015 at 9:52 am #

        Great question. :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.6.2015 at 9:52 am #

      Are you using cacao or cocoa?

  25. Bridie 3.2.2015 at 11:55 am #

    Hi there! What is your view on buying spirulina and acai in supplement form as its not always tasty / convenient to add to a daily smoothie?

  26. Sandra Jones 2.28.2015 at 8:34 pm #

    No mencionaron la MACA

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.2.2015 at 10:46 am #

      Hey Sandra.

      Maca is a tricky one. We have tried it in the past, but there is a lot of links with fertility. We try to offer ingredients that are safe for the whole family.

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