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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443 Responses to “10 Superfoods You Should Be Eating”

  1. Lenah 4.26.2016 at 3:52 pm #

    Just a quick question. Do the green superfood powders that contain these ingredients as good as seeking them out individually?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.26.2016 at 5:44 pm #

      Hi Lenah,

      Great question! We prefer to fuel our bodies with whole ingredients with as little processing as possible, but superfood powders can be a great option when looking to boost your green smoothie with major vitamins + health benefits. Just keep an eye on the ingredients to ensure the superfood powder you’re reaching for is free of added sugar, gross artificial flavors, or minimal nutrients.

      You may be interested in checking out MNOS. It was suggested to us by Jadah’s grandmother who first introduced her to green smoothies…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/mnos

  2. Karolka 4.26.2016 at 9:20 am #

    This is a great, informative article. I am just returning to making smoothies as I forgot how great I feel after them.
    I am wondering if, while using these three staple seeds, I could skip using protein powders? Please advise.
    Thanks for the great information.
    Karolina

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.26.2016 at 11:21 am #

      Hi Karolka,

      Thanks for reaching out! We’re so excited to hear you found our post on superfoods helpful. Looking to decide how much protein to add to your green smoothie? When adding chia seeds you’ll be fueling your body with a great protein boost, we suggest adding 4 tbs to any recipe, which is two servings. Curious if you should still add protein powder when using chia seeds? It’s all about knowing your body. If you’re super active, your body may need an additional boost, otherwise you should be good to go! Make sure and listen to what your body is saying.

      When adding flaxseeds, you’ll be fueling your body with healthy fats, so adding protein powder is a great option.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Jackie 4.25.2016 at 8:02 am #

    Hello,

    I am trying to jump-start myself back in a green smoothie routine. I noticed in an earlier comment you said it is not good to mix all the powders together to keep them separate.

    I was wondering if it is acceptable/healthy to buy a smoothie powder that has all of the super-food ingredients (spirulina, chia seed, etc.) in one that I can just add to my smoothies and get all of the nutrients I need?

    And, if so, what is a good organic/all-natural powder that I can buy?

    Thank you!!
    Jackie

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.26.2016 at 7:18 am #

      Hi Jackie,

      Great question! When fueling your body, variety is always a great idea! It ensures you’re body is receiving a wide range of nutrients.

      There are some great products out there that combine several superfoods for a super simple way to add a major nutrient boost to your green smoothies. If you’re interested in trying a superfood powder, check out MNOS, it was suggested to us by Jadah’s grandmother, who first introduced Jadah to green smoothies…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/mnos

  4. Sacia Ashe 4.17.2016 at 3:00 pm #

    What about smoothies to fight off stomach bugs? Also, what are the best breakfast smoothies?

  5. Nadine 4.8.2016 at 6:59 pm #

    Can coconut oil be added to every smoothie?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.11.2016 at 8:37 am #

      Hi Nadine,

      Of course! Coconut oil is a rawkin’ source of healthy fats + the perfect addition to your daily green smoothie!

  6. Nadine 4.8.2016 at 6:57 pm #

    What about old fashioned oats in smoothies, do they have to be cooked first? Can they be added to all smoothies for more fulling smoothies.

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.11.2016 at 8:37 am #

      Hi Nadine,

      You can definitely add oats to your green smoothie! They’re a great source of protein + help keep your blood sugar stable! They’re also great because you can blend them dry, soaked, or cooked! Cooking your oats prior to blending will create the creamiest green smoothie, while dry is the most convenient but you’ll find the most grit. It’s all about finding what works for you!

      Cheers!

  7. Laurie 4.7.2016 at 9:45 am #

    Great article. I’ve been doing your April 30 day challenge. I am happy to say my cabinets are stocked with 6 of the 10 already. I will be making sure I have all 10 by this weekend. I love your smoothies, I am using the super foods in my smoothies everyday because I am doing meal replacements for breakfast and lunch and have so much more energy and alertness. I don’t wake up tired anymore. Today, I just purchased the 7 day thrive program as I am very interested in the tumeric tonic and of course more awesome smoothie recipes. I have shared your facebook page and website with my friends and family members. Rawk on \m/

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.7.2016 at 12:16 pm #

      Hi Laurie,

      YAY! We’re so excited to hear you’re rawkin’ the April 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge and hope you love Thrive as much as we do!! Thanks for blendin’ with us + for sharing the green smoothie love with others!

  8. Rebecca Salinas 4.5.2016 at 4:28 pm #

    It should be noted to flax seeds should NOT be taken while pregnant, though chia seeds are perfectly safe. Flax has been shown to induce labor.

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.6.2016 at 8:54 am #

      Hi Rebecca,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out + share your concern. As everyone’s body + pregnancy is different, we definitely suggest reaching out to your obgyn prior to adding any new ingredients to your diet!

  9. Thomas Doyle 4.2.2016 at 7:27 am #

    I have found the information you provide to be very helpful and it is my hope that you can provide a little more information regarding these Super Foods. Although Super Foods seem to be mentioned everywhere these days, I am unable to locate any definitive explanation as to how much of a particular Super Food I should consume in a given amount of time, or whether it should be consumed with other foods or not, and a serving size, as is located on the package, doesn’t provide any clues. Should Super Foods be rotated like leafy greens to avoid a toxicity issue or are they safe to eat every day? And, if they should be rotated are there family groups that these Super Foods belong in? How do we navigate through these Super Foods to use them properly and get the most benefit from them?

  10. vicky 3.31.2016 at 9:03 pm #

    Hey,

    Could you please tell me, to get the best benefits do you have to soak chia seeds before use or can you blend them into things as they come?

    Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.6.2016 at 8:52 am #

      Hi Vicky,

      Great question! It’s all about finding what works for you! Chia seeds are great in that you can add them to your green smoothie in several different ways and still receive their maximum health benefits. Some great options are soaking your chia seeds, blending in, mixing in, or my personal favorite…sprinkling on top for a little added crunch!

      Cheers :)

  11. LPR 3.30.2016 at 8:06 pm #

    I didn’t know that flaxseed powder was better than regular seed. How can I grind the flaxseed to achieve powder?

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.30.2016 at 11:55 pm #

      Hi!

      Feel free to grind the flaxseed using a coffee grinder, small food processor, or an empty + cleaned pepper grinder :).

  12. lauren 3.24.2016 at 9:50 am #

    Hi Sally,

    Can I premix any of the powders to add at once, or will this effect them negatively?

    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.24.2016 at 12:00 pm #

      Hi Lauren,

      Thanks for reaching out! Each superfood has a different shelf life so we suggest keeping your ingredients separate prior to blending!

      Cheers :)

  13. Mike 3.18.2016 at 11:01 pm #

    HI there! This is a very insightful article. I make a green smoothie every morning with kale, spinach and cucumber and was wondering if adding all these to a daily drink would be beneficial or would it be too much of a good thing?

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.21.2016 at 12:00 pm #

      Hi Mike,

      Great question! It’s all about finding what’s best for you + your body. Take the time to read through each superfood and determine what health benefits you’re looking to add to your next green smoothie!

  14. sally 3.7.2016 at 7:47 am #

    Hi There,

    I am just starting out on my green smoothie journey and currently have, Wheat Grass Powder, Barley Grass Powder, Spirulina Powder, coconut oil and Baobab super fruit powder. Which of the above would you recommend I buy to compliment what I already have?

    Thanks

    Sally

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.7.2016 at 8:04 pm #

      Hi Sally,

      Thanks for reaching out! Looks like you already have great sources of greens + healthy fats! Some great compliments to the superfoods you already have on hand are either cacao, acas or goji berries for their antioxidants!

      While spirulina provides your body with a great boost of protein. Adding chia seeds + hemp are great options too!

      Hope this helps!

  15. Elmira Howell 2.23.2016 at 10:54 am #

    Do you have any recommendation for a Green Superfood powder?

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.23.2016 at 11:41 am #

      Hi Elmira,

      Thanks for reaching out! Check out MNOS. It was recommended to us by Jadah’s grandmother, the same person who introduced her to green smoothies!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/mnos

      Cheers!

  16. Lynn 2.23.2016 at 2:06 am #

    Hi,
    Thank you for your article very helpful and i love it:) i have a question about my daily smoothies.
    Would it be ok if i put all these (detail below) superfoods on the daily smoothies?
    Green Apple, Celery, Cucumber, Salad leaf, Spinatch, Cacoa nibs, Spilurina, Goji Berries, Chia seed, Acai berries, Barley grass, Flaxed seed.
    Am i overbroad? I love them all in smoothies but too much of anything could it be harm or not? Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.23.2016 at 7:47 am #

      Hi Lynn,

      Thanks for reaching out! It’s all about what’s best for you + your body! Make sure and read the health benefits of each superfood to ensure you’re receiving the nutrition your body needs!

      Cheers :)

  17. Tammy 2.18.2016 at 7:37 pm #

    Hello and thanks for the great info. Something I remember reading about flax…must be ground in order to access it’s health benefits. If not ground, it will pass through the body without any benefits and a waste of money.
    Love what you gals are doing!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.19.2016 at 4:36 am #

      Hi Tammy,

      You’re right! To receive the maximum health benefits of flaxseed it’s suggested to grind the seed prior to enjoying. We love adding ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil to our green smoothies for an added healthy fat boost!

      Cheers!

  18. JAH 2.17.2016 at 7:48 pm #

    Hey There,
    I am pretty new to smoothies but have become a bit addicted! I just want to know your thoughts, every morning i make two pretty identical smoothies. one for breakfast and one blend at work. I use spinach, kale and turnip greens then add a tbsp chia, tbsp hemp and tbsp flax, a tsp spirlina and a chunk of ginger, and about half a lemon then add water as needed. Does this seem like a good mix to you? Thanks for your time

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.18.2016 at 4:21 am #

      Hi JAH,

      Thank you so much for reaching out! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! Sounds like you have a great smoothie going. Your superfoods are providing your body with protein, healthy fats, protein, omega fatty acids, and a major immunity boost! If you are making a similar smoothie each day, make sure you’re rotating your greens to help prevent oxalate buildup. Learn more about our favorite greens + the importance of rotation here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/rotate-your-greens

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