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 all natural 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 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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228 Responses to “10 Superfoods You Should Be Eating”

  1. Patricia K 9.11.2014 at 1:20 am #

    I have just given myself a push and started a new healthy lifestyle and have been looking for some healthy ingredients to put inside my smoothie recipes. your article has helped a lot.
    Thanks Pat :-)

  2. Pat 9.4.2014 at 5:39 pm #

    Hello, I usually make a smoothies with superfood green powder, strawberries, banana , pineapple, super cocao, super maca cinnamon, honey, coffee,soy milk, chin seed, joji berries. I use all together it’s too much for me or not I just 1 cup every morning and if I drink a smoothies I have to do an exercise or not.

  3. Elaine 9.4.2014 at 8:08 am #

    I’m experimenting with superfood additions and have bought chia, flax and hemp seeds to add to smoothies. I just made a smoothie using all three, am I going overboard? Do I need all in together or should i just use one or two at a time?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.11.2014 at 6:38 am #

      Hey Elaine,

      Thanks for the comment, if you are new to superfoods, I would suggest trying one at a time, then you can figure out what you enjoy most. After that, you can combine and find the best combination for you. :)

  4. Adzam 8.31.2014 at 11:00 pm #

    I have been trying green smoothies for breakfast for the last few days, and have noticed that I do not feel hungry during lunch.
    Is there any risk if I skip lunch or do the smoothies have the required protein, etc in it to allow me to skip lunch as well as breakfast?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.1.2014 at 6:27 am #

      Hey Adzam!

      Thanks for the comment. How much are you consuming for breakfast? Our smoothie recipes make about 4-5 cups (32oz – 40oz). Jadah drinks at least 2 cups (16 oz) everyday in the morning as a breakfast meal replacement. Jen drinks hers for lunch or sometimes as a mid morning snack Since green smoothies are full of fiber, they keep us both full for a while. If either of us needs afternoon pick-me-ups, we have been known to make another green smoothie later in the day instead of drinking a caffeinated beverage.

  5. Pam 8.31.2014 at 7:02 pm #

    ok, ignore my last comment…..just reread about the individual ingredients and saw the suggested amounts. Sorry, and thanks again!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.1.2014 at 6:26 am #

      :)

  6. Pam 8.31.2014 at 7:00 pm #

    I need measurement suggestions. I did see it fort the goji berries, but how much for chia seed or some of the others. I have a recipe for a chia seed pudding and it calls for 3-4 tbsp. depending on the consistency you want, but that seems like a lot for a smoothie. Please help me, I am a recipe follower until I am comfortable using an ingredient new to me ;-). Thank-you!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.1.2014 at 6:26 am #

      Wonderful, glad you got your answer. :)

      Enjoy!

  7. Emma 8.28.2014 at 7:38 pm #

    I am just building my life into a situation where the Smoothies will be second nature to me. Yet I have type2 diabetic. Do I need to know different ingredients for my smoothies? I’m really excited to get started!
    Thank you both.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.29.2014 at 6:47 am #

      Hey Emma!

      Thanks so much for you questions. We are glad you are joining us! :) Unfortunately we are not doctors or nutritionist, but here is a link to our favorite low sugar fruits. Please ask you healthcare provider what fruits and veggies would be good to consume for diabetes and we can go from there to help guide you to the best smoothies. Hope that helps. :) http://simplegreensmoothies.com/low-sugar-fruits

  8. Jess 8.28.2014 at 2:43 pm #

    I thought to really get the benefit of flax you had to use the grounds. As I understood it, the seeds don’t break down in the body. I’m sure it would be easy enough to add the grounds to a smoothie but I was wondering if you’ve heard this too. Thoughts?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.29.2014 at 6:45 am #

      Hey Jess!

      Thanks for the question. We enjoy flax as the ground form. When taking flaxseed as a SuperFood, the University of Maryland Medical Center advises using it in its ground form, and then taking between 1 and 2 tbsp. per day. Hope that helps.

  9. Maria C 8.28.2014 at 11:18 am #

    Do you have any recipes that include spirulina? I have a hard time finding any!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.29.2014 at 6:42 am #

      Hey Maria!

      You can added 1 serving to any smoothie that you are already consuming, we do not have a specific recipe for spirulina at this time. :)

  10. La Juan 8.28.2014 at 10:38 am #

    I am diabetic and have high cholesterol. What smoothie would you recommend for me.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.29.2014 at 6:40 am #

      Hey La Juan.

      Unfortunately we are not doctors or nutritionist, but here is a link to our favorite low sugar fruits. Please ask you healthcare provider what fruits and veggies would be good to consume for diabetes and high cholesterol and we can go from there. Hope that helps. :) http://simplegreensmoothies.com/low-sugar-fruits

  11. Sharon 8.28.2014 at 10:16 am #

    Unfortunately I have a summer cold. Is there a receipt for a green smoothie that will help it to run it’s course ?

    Thanks,

  12. Amy 8.28.2014 at 9:51 am #

    Hi there- do you have a list of tried and true suggested smoothie recipes to help incorporate these super foods? Things like coconut oil and chia seeds are easy for me but when it comes to Acai and spirulina, I lack much creativity. Help? Thanks!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.28.2014 at 9:58 am #

      Hey Amy.

      I would suggest trying one at a time if you are new to SuperFoods. :) Use the suggested amount on the package for 1 serving. Then you can test the taste and texture of each one. :) I love Chia Seeds. Sprinkle them on top of your smoothie, then consume them as you drink. :) Let me know how it goes. :)

      Here is a recipe with coconut oil: http://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothie-recipes/pineapple-kale-coconut-oil

  13. Tamara 8.28.2014 at 9:48 am #

    Hi Ladies,
    Thanks for an terrific article! It was easy to read and very informative. I just tried out chia seed for the first time. I made chia pudding. Can’t wait to incorporate it into my smoothies and now I’m excited to try some of the other Superfoods. Thanks for being so rawkin awesome! Your smoothies have changed my life :0)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.28.2014 at 9:59 am #

      AWE! Thanks so much Tamara! :) We are happy you are apart of Simple Green Smoothie Community. :)

  14. Adzam 8.25.2014 at 9:22 am #

    Hi guys!

    Love your website! Just wondering if there is a limit to the number of superfoods to each smoothie. For example, is having avocado, chia seeds, goji berries and flax seeds in one smoothie considered too much? Or should I only have a maximum eg.2 super foods in each smoothie?
    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.26.2014 at 5:31 am #

      Good morning Adzam!

      Thanks for the question. I personally only put, 1 to 2 superfoods in each of my smoothies. 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. Hope that helps.

  15. SuperfoodGuy 8.24.2014 at 11:14 am #

    Yesss!

    My 2 personal favorites on this list are coconut oil & spirulina. Super green foods are what we are designed to have.

    If you cut my veins; I would bleed green 0_0

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.25.2014 at 6:40 am #

      Glad you enjoy superfoods, SuperfoodGuy! :)

  16. Emily 8.20.2014 at 4:56 am #

    Hello Ladies!
    Just writing to say I’m obsessed with your website! I have always been a green smoothie lover and maker, but your recipes streamline everything and so far, every one I have tried is better than the last. Thank you soo much! At the moment, after a summer of not so careful eating, I am using green smoothies to jump start weight loss. Can any of you comment on the caffeine habit situation? I have a strong cup in the morning and am not so willing to give it up. Do any of you have coffee? Do you think it is a necessary thing to give up?

    Happy Smoothie Making!
    Emily

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.20.2014 at 8:11 am #

      Hey Emily!

      So glad you are enjoying Simple Green Smoothies. Our smoothie recipes make about 4-5 cups (32oz – 40oz). Jadah drinks at least 2 cups (16 oz) everyday in the morning as a breakfast meal replacement. Jen drinks hers for lunch or sometimes as a mid morning snack Since green smoothies are full of fiber, they keep us both full for a while. If either of us needs afternoon pick-me-ups, we have been known to make another green smoothie later in the day instead of drinking a caffeinated beverage. Jen loves a cup of coffee every once in a while. The only time we ask to give up coffee is if you participate in the Fresh Start Cleanse. :) Hope that helps.

  17. Andrea S. 8.19.2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Hello to all you!
    I stumble on your website very early this morning because yesterday I started my green smoothies to help lose weight. I was going to take a quick look but I was on for almost 2 hours. I want to tell this is awesome and great recipes. I just had to tell you that how you did the super foods list is excellent. I love chai seed but I was looking to learn more about the others. This is great and one of thing I was wondering about coconut oil, but not now I am going to buy some to use in my smoothies.
    Thank you for doing such a great job and looking out for all of us who are trying to go green…

    You all Rock Big Time!!
    Andrea S.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.19.2014 at 4:24 pm #

      AWWW! Thanks so much Andrea!!!

      Do you have any recommendations for new post we could do? Anything you are interested in us answering?

      Thanks for checking our site.

  18. linda 8.12.2014 at 1:10 pm #

    can you tell me if soy is harmful to you i am also using a drink with soy protein.thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.12.2014 at 1:31 pm #

      Hey Linda! We prefer to avoid soy and animal products, but that’s just our personal preference; if you enjoy these foods, feel free to use them in your green smoothie creations. We recommend staying away from highly-processed soy products which can interfere with nutrient absorption and leach nutrients from your body. Small amounts of organic, non-GMO soy are fine. Hope that helps. :)

  19. Rachel 8.10.2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Hey have you found any adverse reactions to chia seeds? I was absolutely loving them for the first 3 weeks, but the last couple of times I’ve had smoothies I’ve been really sick with sharp stomach pains… struggling to think of anything that is different in my diet other than the chia! x

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.11.2014 at 6:53 am #

      Hey Rachel.

      Thanks for the question, Rachel. Are you adding the recommended about to your smoothies? I would suggest stopping using Chia seeds and ask your healthcare provider if they believe Chia Seed could be causing your stomach pain.

      Hope you feel better soon.

  20. Candice Bennett 8.4.2014 at 9:22 am #

    Hi I need the smoothies recipes for week one and two…I bought the ingredients but now the link is gone for the recipes

  21. Yesenia 8.3.2014 at 5:56 am #

    hello. I am new to chia and hemp seeds. for breakfast, I usually make a smoothie with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, banana, and vanilla protein powder. all blended with unsweetened almond milk. would it be a good idea to replace the protein powder with chia and hemp seeds? this way I’m getting protein but not more than the body can digest in a single serving? thanks in advance!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.4.2014 at 7:24 am #

      Yes, that sounds like a good idea, and throw some leafy greens in there too, try 2 cups of spinach. :)

  22. Trey 7.31.2014 at 8:40 pm #

    Can I live off of these green smoothies or are they just snacks… Or how do you eat/drink these?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.1.2014 at 5:21 am #

      Hey Trey!

      Our smoothie recipes make about 4-5 cups (32oz – 40oz). Jadah drinks at least 2 cups (16 oz) everyday in the morning as a breakfast meal replacement. Jen drinks hers for lunch or sometimes as a mid morning snack Since green smoothies are full of fiber, they keep us both full for a while. If either of us needs afternoon pick-me-ups, we have been known to make another green smoothie later in the day instead of drinking a caffeinated beverage.

      Hope that helps. :)

  23. trish 7.27.2014 at 7:00 am #

    Hi there,

    Can I use these together or am I taking the benefit away if I make a smoothie with Spirulina and Hemp Hearts?

    Thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.28.2014 at 6:09 am #

      Hey Trish!

      Those are two great superfoods.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. Protein, fiber, healthy fats and omega fatty acids is a great combination, just beware, spirulina can have strong flavor.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.1.2014 at 5:14 am #

      Hey Trish!

      Superfoods and Leafy Greens go great together! :)

  24. linda 7.25.2014 at 9:19 am #

    hello im wondering if some of these things can react with blood pressure and colesterol meds

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.25.2014 at 9:23 am #

      Hey Linda!

      Unfortunately, we are not doctors or nutritionists. Each and every one of us is different, which makes it hard to say what is right for you. We suggest checking with your healthcare provider that knows you better. You are more than welcome to tweak any of our recipes to fit what you need.

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