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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.

SUPERFOODS

 10 Superfoods You Should Be Eating

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.

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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156 Responses to “10 Superfoods You Should Be Eating”

  1. Morgan 4.21.2014 at 4:13 pm #

    Would you consider wheatgrass a superfood?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.22.2014 at 8:52 am #

      We haven’t had it much, Morgan. People seem to love it, but we don’t have enough experience with it to say yes or no. What do you think?

  2. Gisselle 4.10.2014 at 6:29 am #

    Do you consider Lucama a super food?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.10.2014 at 7:04 am #

      We have not used it before, Gisselle.

    • Gisselle 4.10.2014 at 7:20 am #

      Wheatgrass and Maqui ??

  3. kelly 4.2.2014 at 6:40 pm #

    I bought raw maca powder by mistake and now I am all bloated and in discomfort so I will take a break until I feel better and get the right stuff.

  4. Afia 4.1.2014 at 7:05 pm #

    I did a little bit of research on macca and I found reports that it can lead to thyroid problems, can increase your blood pressure, and can offset your menstrual cycle. I also read that it can lead to digestive problems such as bloating and reflux. Apparently it is not supposed to be consumed raw because it contains toxin that are harmful to people. In Peru where maca is commonly found it is always cooked. Have any of you experienced these symptoms of maca?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.2.2014 at 10:29 am #

      Hi Afia!
      Thanks for bringing this up. We’re definitely going to look into this…

      • Melissa 4.2.2014 at 3:20 pm #

        Glad you brought that up, Afia. Those are two different issues and here is some info that may help you out:

        There are pluses and minuses to eating raw foods, aren’t there? And given that each person is different, his or her body may react differently to each state. In the case of maca, raw isn’t best. When you are buying maca, look for the words “royal”, “gelatanized” or “cooked”. That is the maca you want, and all three of those mean the same thing. Raw maca can irritate the stomach and cause digestive upsets. In Peru, they don’t eat it raw. In the states, people assume raw is always best, and fail to research it further. The cooking process removes elements that can irritate the digestive process. So, that’s some info for you as far as maca and digestion is concerned.

        As far as it interfering with the thyroid, it is an adaptogenic root, which means it will ideally balance hormones, which is why it’s said to give you more energy, up your sexual drive, and increase fertility. Obviously this isn’t a one size fits all deal, so it can do the opposite for some. I have had great success with royal maca (by the way, you only need about 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp of royal maca, whereas with raw maca, the serving size is much higher. So, you save money in the end as well).

        As far as it increasing blood pressure, it can certainly do that as it has stimulating effects. Again, this is something that should be tested by the individual, and of course consult your health oriented wellness professional as well. For the first two weeks of taking maca, everything is kind of out of balance for me….when that third week comes, it’s amazing, absolutely amazing! I have so much energy and feel so alert and productive. That has been MY experience, and I hope others research and experiment for themselves. Go you for doing your own research, asking questions, and not automatically assuming everything you read on the internet is truth ;)

      • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.3.2014 at 11:14 am #

        Thanks for this response, Melissa! Definitely love hearing valuable and knowledgable input from our community!

      • Gisselle 4.5.2014 at 9:41 am #

        I put a teaspoon in my smoothie, should i stop? I read its good for you and then i read this, i am confuzed know. What should i do? I don’t have a lot of energy, so adding this i thought it would give me some. Please help me with this.

      • Afia 4.9.2014 at 11:10 pm #

        You guys are great! Thank you for your honesty and transparency. I see you’ve made some changes to the list. Thank you for listening, researching, and providing us with alternatives.

      • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.10.2014 at 7:05 am #

        Absolutely, Afia! We love learning from our community and growing in our healthy eating journey together.

  5. Mel 3.27.2014 at 6:22 am #

    I have just started adding royal maca which is gelatinised so does not cause me any stomach issues, it is highly potent only need 1/4 teaspoon to feel powerful affects. Raw macca is cheaper and not as potent so you need more. Increased energy, increases sex drive and wanting to connect with the world more, I drink hardly any coffee now. Also add to my green smoothies a rainbow blend of power berrie super foods and a green blend which has lots of barely grass in it, also all together add hemp seeds for omega oils.

  6. Angela 3.17.2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Thanks you for all the powerful knowledge. You previously warned against using more the two out of the ten superfoods in one smoothie. Why shouldn’t you used more than two? What combinations do you suggest. I have all ten and have used more than two in my smoothies numerous times. Thanks you in advance.

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.18.2014 at 6:20 am #

      Hi Angela!
      Great question! First, we don’t recommend mixing them all together because that gets super expensive and can make your smoothie taste pretty funky. We are all about simplicity with our recipes. Second, we think it’s important not to over-superfood your body. These superfoods pack a high volume of their specific nutrients, and it’s not really necessary to consume a handful of different superfoods that are all packed with protein. We generally think it’s better to let one or two superfoods do what they’re supposed to, and then you can add different varieties the next day.

      Hope this helps!

  7. chibi 3.5.2014 at 8:37 pm #

    Hi! Is there any suggestion on using sesame seed? Btw, can’t wait to start the challenge n tq for your effort.keep it up!

    • Jadah and Jen 3.6.2014 at 12:39 pm #

      We don’t really use it in green smoothies. We use it cooking sometimes :-) So glad you’re joining us for the challenge!

  8. Mimi 3.4.2014 at 9:15 am #

    Hi there, I have a question, new to this juicing thing – i need it for weight loss and overall energy and health, (high cholesterol) – I need to know what to use – the hemp seeds, coconut oil or spirulina?? and how often, or all together?? help!! ;)

    • Jadah and Jen 3.4.2014 at 4:54 pm #

      You can use one or two super foods in each smoothie. If you buy all of them at once, it might cost you quite a bit, so you might just want to grab one or two and see which ones you like then add more slowly over time. :)

  9. tara clayborne 2.27.2014 at 9:15 am #

    I’m doing the 30 day challenge, and just received the 2nd list……….the super greens powder, what brand do u recommend?!? I was in GNC and saw their brand, and i went to Wagreens and saw Barleans brand; are those two acceptable?!?

    • Jadah and Jen 2.28.2014 at 7:44 am #

      Hi Tara,
      What list are you referring to? Our last 30-day green smoothie challenge ended on January 30, and the next one starts on April 1. Just trying to figure out what list you’re talking about so we can help!

  10. Christine 2.18.2014 at 10:05 pm #

    Hi,
    I’m a nanny for a 2 and 4 yo and they have recently developed a love of smoothies! while their pretty healthy eaters their mum and I thought it can’t hurt to give them a big of a boost! Is there any you would particularly recommend for kids or any we should avoid? And what qualities should we give them?
    Thanks
    Christine

  11. Megan 2.7.2014 at 4:20 pm #

    Im going to begin doing green smoothies and was wondering if using coconut oil capsules would be beneficial and if so how many per serving of one in a smoothie?

    • Jadah and Jen 2.11.2014 at 12:05 pm #

      Hi Megan!
      We have never used coconut oil capsules, and are a little “iffy” about using them. We prefer unrefined and cold-pressed coconut oil.

  12. Terri 2.2.2014 at 3:08 pm #

    How much do I add when adding to any smoothie?

    • Jadah and Jen 2.3.2014 at 12:01 pm #

      Hi Terri!
      Depends on the superfood :-) 1-2 tablespoons per serving is a good rule, though!

  13. Angela 1.20.2014 at 1:37 pm #

    The 10 super foods – how do you incorporate them. Do I consume each of tem a day, all at once or 1 a day, a week?????

    • Jadah and Jen 1.21.2014 at 9:31 am #

      Hi Angela!
      We usually just use one at a time… definitely don’t add them all at once! Sometimes we may add two of them, but usually just one :-)

  14. Yadira 1.16.2014 at 9:06 pm #

    I can’t wait to try these dessert drinks . I’m always wanting something sweet , but regret it after.just bought some chia seeds been drinking them with water and lemon …live it !

  15. Regina 1.15.2014 at 1:54 pm #

    I have been feeling very tired and with low energy these past few months. Thanks to a co-worker I learned about the green smoothie challenge. looking for a good way to change my diet and trying a few of the super foods in my smoothies.

    Now for my question: As for the flax seeds, I have read that flax seeds are more effective in powder form. should I buy the seeds and grind the seeds, or buy in powder form and store in the refrigerator?

    thanks,

    Regina

    • Jadah and Jen 1.16.2014 at 6:37 pm #

      Hi Regina,
      So glad you found us!

      As far as the flax seeds, it is always best to buy whole and grind your own as they spoil faster when they’re already ground. But, if you must buy ground, keep in fridge or freezer to extend their shelf life. :)

  16. Carla 1.10.2014 at 10:40 am #

    I have a question regarding the fiber content. Maca powder is said to be a good source of fiber, among other things. When I go to to the Nativa website, for example, the nutritional info the serving size says 1g of fiber. Is there something wrong?

    • Jadah and Jen 1.13.2014 at 1:35 pm #

      Hi Carla!
      Where did you hear that maca is filled with fiber? To our understanding, that isn’t one of it’s top nutrients.

  17. Lor 1.9.2014 at 12:21 pm #

    Hi! I bought coconut butter, instead of oil. Are the benefits the same? What are the proportions?

    • Jadah and Jen 1.10.2014 at 9:29 am #

      Hi!
      That’s a good question that we’ll have to look into, Lor. I don’t believe they are the same, but not sure of all the differences.

  18. Teshawn 1.8.2014 at 1:27 pm #

    I am a NEWBIE at smoothies green or otherwise, my question is, do you grind the chia seeds first or are they small enough to just blend with the other items?

    Thanks,

    Looking forward to making my first smoothie soon.

    • Jadah and Jen 1.8.2014 at 1:32 pm #

      Hi Teshawn!
      You can blend them up, sprinkle them on top, or even soak them for 15 minutes in water to help them gelatinize before blending!

  19. maha 1.1.2014 at 8:27 pm #

    hi I am from india. ome of the powders r not available in india. can u suggest me some ideas

  20. jennifer 12.30.2013 at 8:09 pm #

    Can you mix them all in your smoothies every time you drink them? Is there a required amount per day?

    • Jadah and Jen 12.31.2013 at 6:29 am #

      Hi Jennifer!
      We definitely wouldn’t recommend mixing all of them in at once—usually two at the most.

      You don’t have to use any of them at all, but if you feel you need a boost of a certain nutrient, then go ahead and add some as often as you see fit.

  21. Megan 12.22.2013 at 7:18 pm #

    The top two reviews on the maca powder are one star and they say it shouldn’t be eaten raw. Do you have thoughts on this?

  22. Julie 12.19.2013 at 8:55 am #

    We have just started using coconut oil in our house. Mostly we just drop a big spoonful on top of roasted vegetables when they come out of the oven and let it melt. Should we melt coconut oil before adding to our smoothies? Or just put a big blob in?
    Many thanks.

    • Jadah and Jen 12.20.2013 at 6:52 am #

      Hi Julie!
      If you melt it, it will most likely harden pretty quickly while blending (if any of your contents are cold). So melting, to us, seems a bit unproductive. It may help with blending it a bit quicker, but not by much.

  23. Nick S 12.15.2013 at 1:56 am #

    Since I’m new to all of this, I want to order nearly all of the superfoods you list here… but I keep making the mistake of actually reading the Amazon reviews for each. It sounds like Navitas has poor quality control, a lot of the products have reviews about either finding worms/bugs in the bag, or even several pellets of rat poop.

    Do you actually consume Navitas products daily, of your own decision, or are these sponsored/affiliated recommendations? If you use them, have you ever had any issues with the products?

    • Jadah and Jen 12.17.2013 at 7:27 am #

      Hi Nick!
      This is a great question, so thanks for asking :-) We don’t have any kind of affiliation with Navitas or any of the other brand names that we recommend on this list (though I think Navitas is the main recommendation). We suggest Navitas because we love using their products! I haven’t seen those reviews before, nor have either of us ever encountered worms, bugs, rat poop, etc. (at least, not to our knowledge). Thanks for bringing it up, though! We’ll keep our eyes open, for sure.

      • Nick S 12.22.2013 at 12:11 pm #

        Thanks! Just ordered six of these (hemp powder, acai, maca, camu, goji, coconut oil). Went with a different brand for the Goji Berries, just to be safe.

        Healthworks brand Goji berries: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BPX4OPS/

        I think I might try what another commenter suggested and blend these all up (minus the oil), put them in a jar, and add a scoop to my smoothie mix. Sounds easier than measuring each of them individually and possibly overusing. Hopefully they all keep well being together.

    • Donna 3.10.2014 at 9:24 pm #

      Hi Nick,
      I’ve been using Nativas Naturals products for many years now. I’ve used many of their different superfoods and have never had a problem. I too love their products.

      • Gisselle 4.10.2014 at 7:19 am #

        Wich products do you normally use??

  24. vivian davis 11.14.2013 at 11:08 am #

    I have been reading up on the Chia seeds and I’ve read to soak them overnight. Is this something that you do for your smoothies?? Is it beneficial to put in blender with other ingredients? Could I eat them without soaking them?
    Thank You, for always replying and giving advice :)

    Vivian

    • Jadah and Jen 11.15.2013 at 12:59 pm #

      You can do it either way, Vivian! Soaking makes them more gel-like, but doesn’t really affect the nutritional content.

  25. Marcy 11.8.2013 at 6:59 am #

    I have 8 super foods I mix in a small container. Then when I fix my smoothies I put a scoup or 2 in. The 8 that I mix are Chlorella, Moringa, Maca, Spirulina, Cacao, Wheatgrass, Camu-Camu, and Acai.

  26. Megan 11.6.2013 at 10:46 am #

    Hi! I am loving your recipes and have totally transformed my mornings the last three weeks into drinking a green smoothie a day. My Whole Foods and I have a great relationship now. :) I have one question: I LOVE the idea of incorporating these superfoods into my smoothies on a daily basis, however, I’m not sure what and when to use. Can several of them be used in the same smoothie? Are there some that should not be combined? For example, what types of smoothies would you use cacao nibs in? I use Chia Seeds, Coconut Oil and Flax Seed in my smoothies almost every day, but I am unsure about the rest. Thanks for the tips!

    • vivian davis 11.7.2013 at 11:52 am #

      Megan,
      What do u mix the chia,coconut oil and flax seed in every shake u drink? Im also wondering what type of Chia seeds do you buy? I wentonline to order but was a bit confused since there was white,milled and black chia seeds. Can you help??

      Thanks,

      VIVIAN

      • Jadah and Jen 11.7.2013 at 2:00 pm #

        You can buy any chia seeds white or black is fine. :)

    • Jadah and Jen 11.7.2013 at 1:59 pm #

      Hi Megan,
      Great questions! You can incorporate any of these into your green smoothies but we always suggest just starting out with a tiny amount first, then add more as needed. Sometimes the super foods over power the green smoothies and a little goes a long way.

      I would use the cacao nibs for very sweet smoothies and the others in pretty much anything else. Hope that helps! :)

  27. Maricris 11.5.2013 at 1:40 pm #

    I’m currently using maca powder, flax meal, chia seeds and acai in my green smoothies and they taste so good. I’m also adding turmeric. I’ve been suffering from low energy and fibromyalgia and I am so thankful for these superfoods because I feel so much better and the pain is gone. they will be staple food in my pantry for me and my family

  28. Sharon Gerrard 10.24.2013 at 5:24 am #

    Thanks for the informative article. I purchased and used some hemp seed in my green smoothie. Found it left very bad breath, is this normal? Should it not be mixed with certain things? Is there anything else I can use it in/for where that won’t be a problem? If I don’t find a solution, I will be returning the hemp and keep trying other superfoods. I have been using chia seed for a while with no problems.

    • Jadah and Jen 10.25.2013 at 8:34 am #

      Sharon, if you find that you don’t like the hemp seed, then go with something else :-)

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