10 Superfoods You Should Be Eating


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.


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.

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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406 Responses to “10 Superfoods You Should Be Eating”

  1. Meghan 2.11.2016 at 12:13 pm #

    I want to start making smoothies and I want a good start to it, my question is can I possibly use all of these for one smoothie each day? Taking out the avocado and maybe the chocolate flavored ones just to not throw off the taste. Or if there’s a good suggestion on which ones I can combine that would be great! I’m going for more of a fruity taste:)

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.11.2016 at 12:17 pm #

      Hi Meghan,

      Thanks for reaching out! New to green smoothies and looking for the perfect recipe to start with? Look no further than Beginner’s Luck!


      We love adding superfoods to our favorite recipes! It’s all about mixing and matching them to meet the health benefits your body needs! Looking for extra fruity flavor! Goji Berries and Acai are both a great choice! :)

  2. Allison 2.10.2016 at 7:21 am #

    That list is so helpful! But I was wondering; could you advise a newbie which are the best 3 to start with? I’m a bit overwhelmed by all 10! I am a nursing mom with weight loss on my mind :) – which would be best for me

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.10.2016 at 12:57 pm #

      Hi Allison,

      This might not be the answer you’re looking for. But as a nursing momma we suggest reaching out to your doctor first. It’s important to ensure you’re fueling your body + baby’s body correctly!

      Cheers :)

  3. Paha 2.5.2016 at 11:01 am #

    I have started making smoothies every morning. I like the health benefits, extracted from all the fruits, kale, flex seeds and coconut water. However, my smoothies lack the taste and often blend.

    Question: How can I make my smoothies a little more tastier, without adding any unhealthy elements to it?

  4. Richard 1.27.2016 at 12:39 pm #

    Hi just getting into smoothies and im looking for a powder that will include some/ most of these grains etc any ideas


    • SGS Rawkstar 1.27.2016 at 2:27 pm #

      Hi Richard,

      Looking to boost your green smoothie with a power packed superfood powder? Check out MNOS. It’s a Mega Nutrition Organic Superfood…


  5. Cath 1.23.2016 at 8:20 pm #

    I added chai seeds to my green smoothie the other morning – it turned into a green gloopy sludge. I know they are gelatinous and used as a thickener, but it ruined the smoothie “drink” for me.

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.26.2016 at 4:29 am #

      Hi Cath,

      Oh no! We’re so sorry your chia seeds over-thickened your green green smoothie. Had you stored your green smoothie after blending? If you’re adding chia seeds, we definitely suggest enjoying your green smoothie shortly after. I love to sprinkle chia seeds on top for an added crunch right before drinking, and then there’s no worry about my smoothie over-thickening, just a rawesome boost of protein + healthy fats.

      Hope this helps!

  6. kim 1.19.2016 at 10:05 pm #

    just chiming in on the moringa – my brother introduced me to it’s health benefits and now i have the tree in the yard and i add to a wide range of items (remove stems!) including omlettes and smoothies – my daughter even eats the leaves raw as i am cooking :)

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.20.2016 at 4:41 am #

      Hi Kim,

      Thank you so much for reaching out! We love hearing about different superfoods our community is enjoying!

      Cheers :)

  7. Allison 1.4.2016 at 6:30 pm #

    I am wondering if there is anything on your site about coconut manna and if it is better to use than coconut oil. Or is it good to use both? Any suggestions or information would be great. Thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.5.2016 at 11:32 am #

      Hi Allison,

      Thanks for bringing coconut manna to our attention, as we currently don’t have it included in our Coconut 101 post.


      While coconut oil + coconut manna are both loaded with nutrients, in the end they are different as coconut manna is defined as spread/condiment similar to a nut butter, while coconut oil is more associated with other oils.

      Cheers :)

  8. Carrie 12.29.2015 at 7:55 am #

    I am brand new to green smoothies. My goals are weight loss and lowere LDL cholesterol. What superfoods would you start with?

    • SGS Rawkstar 12.29.2015 at 8:43 am #

      Hi Carrie,

      Thanks for reaching out! Looking to lower your LDL, high fiber foods are the way to go! Adding oats will not only boost your fiber intake, but their protein content will keep you full longer if your second goal is weight loss.

      Did you know our co-founder Jadah lost over 25 lbs in 3 months by replacing one meal with a green smoothie? Check out her story here…


      When using your green smoothie as a meal replacement we suggest adding protein and healthy fats like chia seeds and coconut oil to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal. Check out our favorite meal replacement combos here…


      Hope this helps get you started! Reach out with any questions!

  9. Kelly 12.27.2015 at 12:02 pm #

    Can you add more than 1 super food to your smoothie? I was thinking of adding a tsp of coconut oil and flax seed to my smoothie or perhaps avocado and coconut oil, but is that going overboard?

    • SGS Rawkstar 12.27.2015 at 12:05 pm #

      Hi Kelly,

      You can definitely add more than one superfood to your green smoothie. It’s all about finding what health benefits you are looking to add to fuel your body. Coconut oil, flaxseed, + avocado are all great sources of healthy fats!

  10. Liana 12.20.2015 at 12:52 pm #

    First thing – I LOVE your site! I’ve been trying hard to get better about what I’m putting in and on (now committed to using only organic and clean skin care) my body and working on losing weight. I already enjoy smoothies and was so happy to see this list of superfoods. Is it too much to make smoothies that have coconut oil, hemp hearts, ground flaxseed meal AND chia seeds? I’m hoping it doesn’t hurt to include them all in a single smoothie. Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 12.27.2015 at 12:03 pm #

      Hi Liana,

      We definitely suggest mixing and matching your favorite superfoods to meet you needs. So it’s important to read the health benefits of each to determine the best way fuel your body!

      Cheers :)

  11. Changed 12.5.2015 at 5:29 pm #

    Hi, what is your opinion on including the avocado pit in smoothies? I have been reading that it has a ton of nutritional value.


    • SGS Rawkstar 12.5.2015 at 5:53 pm #

      Hi Changed,

      I personally haven’t blended the avocado pit, as it would be pretty tough on any blender. We would love to hear more about the research you’ve read.

      Cheers :)

  12. althea 10.31.2015 at 1:53 pm #

    I remember seeing awhile back a link in my email to a page here regarding the superfoods and what went well together to make a whole protein so that you can use the smoothies as a meal replacement. I was wondering if that page is still here and if so what the link is? thank you.

  13. Emily 10.21.2015 at 2:09 pm #

    Hi! I just read about “moringa” being the new superfood. Have you heard of it? Any thoughts? Would love to hear!


    • SGS Rawkstar 10.22.2015 at 6:49 am #

      Hi Emily,

      I personally haven’t tried moringa, but we’re always looking for new superfoods to add to our green smoothies. We’ll have to look into it more! Thank you so much for sharing!

      Cheers :)

  14. Erika 9.21.2015 at 3:45 pm #

    Hi I’ve heard that Flax/linseed should not be eaten raw as they may be poisonous? What are you’re thoughts on this?

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.21.2015 at 6:49 pm #

      Hi Erika,

      You’re right…the immature seeds of flax + linseed are poisonous. But it’s nothing to worry about, to avoid taking immature seeds, just ensure the flax or linseed product is designed for human consumption.

      • Erika 9.25.2015 at 1:32 am #


      • SGS Rawkstar 9.25.2015 at 7:36 am #

        You’re so welcome, Erika!

  15. Anna 9.8.2015 at 3:43 am #

    I started with one green smoothie a day a couple of weeks ago and love it! I make them at night and have them as a quicky breakfast and an afternoon snack. I have just gone the healthstore and bought some extra stuff to make the smoothies a bit more substantial. I was wondering how best to incorporate these in the smoothies. When I added the chia seeds the nigth before, the smoothie was too thick for my liking. Is it best to add these seeds, driedberries and powders as you are about the drink the smoothie and stir with a spoon? Additionally, I am right in assuming that you don’t necessarily have to ground flax seeds before you mix them in your smoothie?
    Many thanks! Anna

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.8.2015 at 7:54 pm #

      Hi Anna,

      Yay! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us and love to hear you’re feeling the green smoothie love. Chia seeds are definitely best to add right before enjoying your green smoothie. Those nutritious seeds gel when added to liquid + make delicious chia pudding, but will make your green smoothie too thick if added the night before. Other superfoods options are good to add the night before!

      Some argue that whole flaxseeds can pass easily through your body, therefore it’s suggested to ground the flaxseed for optimal absorption. Either way…whole, ground, or oil – your body will still be reaping their healthy fat benefits!

      Cheers :)

  16. Uju 9.7.2015 at 11:49 am #

    I am highly interested in the super foods. I live in Nigeria and can’t get the foods in here. Can It be shipped to me in Nigeria.

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.8.2015 at 7:49 pm #

      Hi Uju,

      We love adding superfoods to our green smoothies! Having trouble locating ingredients near you? Amazon.com is a great option if they ship to your area!

  17. Jak 9.6.2015 at 12:37 am #

    Can I add Linseed, Chia and Hemp seeds together to my Green shake daily and if so what amount of each do you recommend? Also would it be more beneficial for me to add different super foods to change them up daily for a multi burst of nutrition or follow a set routine?

    Regards Jak.

  18. Else 8.27.2015 at 8:51 pm #

    Should one mix all the different superfoods into one smoothie ( efficiencey:)) How many times a week should one use camu camu, maca, spirulina, beepollen etc.
    Pleased to hear.

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.28.2015 at 7:07 am #

      Hi Else,

      Great question! It’s all about finding what works for your body. We suggest reading through the health benefits of each superfood + reaching for what your body needs. I’m always looking to add protein to my green smoothies, especially while training for an upcoming 10k, so I rotate between spirulina, chia seeds, + hemp protein throughout the week. Camu powder becomes a regular in my green smoothies once cold + flu season picks up, as my body is craving that additional vitamin c. Hope this helps you decide what is best for you! Reach out with any questions.

      Cheers :)

  19. Marie 8.23.2015 at 2:01 pm #

    Am I right in thinking Flaxseed powder comes under healthy fat when using as a meal replacement? I’m just trying to work out what to pair it with

    Thanks Marie

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.24.2015 at 5:28 pm #

      Hi Marie,

      YES, reach for flaxseed in powder, oil, or whole form! All options are a great source of healthy fats + pair perfectly with a plant-based protein option to make the perfect meal replacement green smoothie.

      Here are our favorite protein options..


      Cheers + Happy Blending!

  20. Alexis 8.16.2015 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the info on these superfoods. Ordered hemp and cacao powder (from Amazon).

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