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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263 Responses to “10 Superfoods You Should Be Eating”

  1. Sheila 11.25.2014 at 9:01 am #

    Thanks for all the great recipes. I can’t wait to try them. I am about to receive a Ninja with Auto IQ and am so excited to start making green smoothies. I have a few of the superfoods already in my home. I have some frozen fruit as well. I was also happy to see the pre-prep how to page on here. I really wanted to comment about how many people are taking your super healthy recipes and ideas and wanting to go way over board with them. I have doing some research regarding smoothies and their benefits as well as looking at the best blenders. Mine will be a Christmas present from my son. He is super awesome. Anyway, the article was dead on when it mentioned how people tend to take something good and immediately start finding ways to make it bad. Replacing all meals with smoothies is not a good idea and could turn toxic. We are designed to chew our food and should. There are many sources of information regarding the value of eating vegetarian as well as the danger of going completely raw. So many of your commentors fall in the “lets take this way too far” category. I’m sad for them. I am looking for a healthier lifestyle, maybe because I’m older. I have liked veggies for most, not all, of my adult life. (junk food junkie) I am overweight, tired, can’t focus, depressed, etc.etc… I am looking forward to making healthy smoothies and I will be visiting here often for tips and recipes. I need to know how to store the extra serving, and for how long, different flavor ideas, pre-prep ideas and so on. I will also try to take the 30 day challenge. Thank you for creating such an informative site! BTW, I have made a few smoothies but my current blender is of the cheap, low wattage kind and you more or less have to chew them. LOL.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.25.2014 at 5:47 pm #

      Hi Sheila.

      Thanks for reaching out to us. We love hearing from our community. We are super excited that you are receiving a new blender for Christmas! That’s awesome, what a great son! :) Answers for your questions: Some people say you have to drink it “right away” to get the optimal nutrients from each blend. But if left in the fridge over-night for one to three days, the taste and satisfaction is still there. You also may add a small amount of lemon juice to preserve and keep the smoothie blend as fresh as possible. Your body is still reaping the benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables even if it is not consumed right away. Also if you would like to prep ahead, here are our tips. :) http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/make-ahead-smoothie-prep

      Cheers + Happy Blendin’!

  2. Vivi 11.25.2014 at 12:39 am #

    10 points for the pronunciation of Acai!! Very funny
    Super helpful post. Now I know how much to add and what they are good for. Thanks!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.25.2014 at 7:16 am #

      :) Cheer, Vivi. Enjoy your Acai! :)

  3. Alex 10.30.2014 at 2:15 pm #

    Hey!

    How many of these super foods is ok to use in one smoothie? If I want to use all of these, what would be the best way to do it? The chia is already a staple in my smoothies, now I’m going to start adding the coconut oil, is adding a third one every once in a while too much?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.30.2014 at 8:49 pm #

      Hey Alex.

      We would suggest listening to you body, if two is going great, then try three if you would like. It is up to you! :) Cheers!

  4. bellanira 10.30.2014 at 1:45 pm #

    I’m just starting on the green smoothies since they removed my thyroid due to papillary thyroid carcinoma and still have to go into radiation anyways I want to eat healthier I’m scared of gaining weight or going hypo..do I have to add Chia, coconut oil and all the other things at the same time and what about the flax seeds it’s not the same as Chia seeds?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.30.2014 at 8:47 pm #

      Thanks for the comment, Bellanira. You have come to the right place we are all about making healthy lifestyle choices. :) Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of community with health concerns to speak to their healthcare provider to confirm that green smoothies are for them. Please add 1 serving of 1 superfood to any smoothie. :) Please do not add all of them at one time. :) Cheers.

  5. Erin 10.30.2014 at 4:51 am #

    Great ideas! I love green tea in my smoothie- makes it soo amazing. I use matcha green tea and buy it from http://www.zengreentea.com.au! I get their six month supply as I use so much yum yum

  6. Natalia 10.28.2014 at 1:48 am #

    Great list but I have a substitution recommendation! Acai is from the rainforest, but a berry called Aronia (aka Black Chokeberry) is native to the US, and usually grown as an ornamental hedge. This berry hasmore antioxidants and anthocyanins than its tropical friend, easy to grow, and the leaves give a beautiful red color to the garden in fall. Dont have a yard? Go out and urban forage, or pick then up at the health food store :) Environmentally better as well.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.28.2014 at 5:13 am #

      Hey Natalia.

      Thanks for the comment and for the suggestion. I haven’t heard of Aronia before, I will have to check it out. :)

  7. Autumn 10.21.2014 at 3:10 pm #

    Where do you find these items?
    I know where to get the chia seeds, flax seeds, avocado, and coconut oil, but where do you find the other items?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.22.2014 at 4:56 am #

      Hi Autumn. Thanks for reaching out to us. Please click on the green link after each Superfood that states ” Buy Acai Powder” or “Buy Camu powder.”

  8. Virginia 10.21.2014 at 9:53 am #

    I have a question about chia seeds-I have been putting 1-2 tablespoons of it in my smoothies and blending them in-is it healthier to just sprinkle them on top and consume them whole, rather than blending them?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.22.2014 at 4:48 am #

      Hey Virginia.

      Either way works. :) It is based on your personally preference.

  9. Penny Dancer 10.18.2014 at 3:55 pm #

    FYI – goji berries are a nightshade food — for those allergic to nightshade family they cause achy joints.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.22.2014 at 4:54 am #

      Thanks for the tip.

  10. emily timothy 10.17.2014 at 10:29 am #

    I love your site!! I use it often and am so impressed how you sincerely response to each post. Keep up the great work!! One thing that would be helpful is to the site is have a search button on the page. Sometimes I have a fruit or veggie or something I want to put into a shake and wish I could type in the name of it and the recipes with that item would come up. Just an idea!! :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.17.2014 at 7:37 pm #

      Great idea, Emily! We are working on a search and ‘on hand’ section to better serve our community! Thanks for bring this up! :) Happy Friday!

  11. Seth 10.15.2014 at 3:48 pm #

    For cacao I use Crio Bru! It’s basically nibs, but ground more finely so you can brew it into a drink first and then you can throw the brewed grounds into a smoothie and get the rest of the nutrients. It’s so perfect.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.16.2014 at 7:24 am #

      Great tips, Seth! :) Thanks for sharing.

  12. Emily 10.1.2014 at 9:09 am #

    Do y’all use just one of the ten or use more than ones? I want to try some, but don’t know which to add!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.2.2014 at 10:17 am #

      Hey Emily.

      Try using 1 at a time, then once you have tried a few you can mix and match. :)

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