My 3 Favorite Daily Superfoods

Recipe at the bottom…

I add Superfoods to my daily diet because they make me feel good and they are quick and easy!

What is a Superfood?

Well, there is no official definition for superfoods but basically they are food that is extraordinarily packed with nutrients for it’s size and weight, and because of which, generally have strong healing components. Many of these have been used for hundreds or thousands of years like quinoa and Maca root which grow in the high altitude of the Andies in Peru.

Some SuperFood examples are: quinoa, gogi berries, chia seeds, hemp seeds, wheat grass, wild blue-green algae, spirulina, chlorella, dark green leafy vegetables, acai, coconut and coconut oil, noni, lucuma and so many more!

 

There are many superfoods out there packed with different healing components so explore as you wish! Remember to do a little research first so you know what you are eating!

So here at My 3 Favorite Daily Superfoods:

  1. Chia Seedschia seeds superfoods

Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, protein and omega 3’s! Most Americans are deficient in fiber because the processed foods are generally stipped of it! Fiber is essential for proper detoxification, hormone balancing cholesterol lowering, a well balanced and flowing gut and so forth.

Chia seeds are fun to get creative with. They swell in liquid in about 20 minutes. If you are making something that you want to give a thicker consistency too, like a healthy tasty treat, use chia seeds. I use them in my morning smoothies and sometimes on salads and in homemade energy bars.

You can find them…everywhere! They even have them at Costco now, as well as many grocery stores, definitely all health food stores and of course on line.

     2. Raw Cacao

Cacao SuperfoodsRaw cacao has one of the highest levels of antioxidants in the world, and is loaded with magnesium. Magnesium is of the most deficient nutrients in the American diet. It’s essential for a healthy heart. It’s the mineral of relaxation, improved sleep, aiding tight crampy muscles, proper elimination and so forth. Magnesium levels drastically affect all areas of your body, mainly your bones, muscles and brain.

Antioxidants are components in food that have the ability to inhibit the oxidization of other molecules. What happens to an apple or an avocado after it has been cut and left sitting out? It turns brown from oxidization. Antioxidants stop that process from happening inside the body.

Raw cacao is the raw form of chocolate, however it is very bitter in taste before anything is added to it. When they process it for commercial chocolate, cocoa, they heat it up at really high temperatures killing off the beneficial components and then they add dairy and sugar.

You can find the raw cacao in powder, nibs or chunks. I use the cacao powder daily in my smoothies. I also use it while making tasty treats which I sweeten with dates or honey. I use it in raw chocolate mousse, homemade energy bars, puddings, and anything I want a chocolate flavor to.

You can find this in any health food store as well as online. Amazon even sells it. Just remember you are looking for Raw cacao not cocoa!

     3. Maca Root

Maca Root is an ancient Peruvian Superfood. I wish I knew about the power of maca root and quinoa 10 years ago while I was in the mountains of Peru! It’s really one of my favorites because it helps to stabilize hormones and enhance mood and energy. It is used to increase sexual function Maca Root Superfoodsand increase stamina and endurance. It aids in menstrual and menopausal symptoms and enhances immune system function. However if you are pregnant, lactating or have liver or blood pressure issues, avoid using maca or research it well first and talk to your health care provider.

Again, I use the powder in my smoothies and in homemade treats and energy snacks! If you add it to hot food or drinks, allow them to cool a little first.

 

You can easily find Maca Root Powder in Health Food stores or online. Amazon has many brands to choose from as well as private stores. I like znaturalfoods.com also.

 

These are probably my top favorites and most used, and I want to emphasis the importance of variety. Variety is essential to make sure you are getting a well rounded nutrient intake, as well as not piling up too much on one thing. There are many superfoods out there to experiment with and try new things. I also eat a lot of raw honey and acai pulp in breakfast bowls or smoothies.

 

What’s your favorite Superfood? Leave a comment below and tell us about it!

Also try my new favorite power packed on-the-go breakfast or tasty treat!

Chocolate chia pudding

 

Chia Seed Pudding with Cashew Cream and Berries
(Prepare the Night Before)

Ingredients for pudding:

  • 1 ½ cups of nut milk (almond, coconut, walnut…)
  • ⅓ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup cacao
  • 2-4 tbsp maple syrup or sweetener of choice (can use pitted dates if going to blend for extra creamy texture)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • pinch sea salt

Directions:

If you like your pudding extra creamy you can blend ingredients. If you like a little texture skip the blender and mix together in bowl.

Non-blended:

  • Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl except for sweetener, and whisk together well. Then add sweetener of choice little by little for your desired taste.
  • Let sit covered in fridge for a few hours or overnight until it gains a pudding consistency.

Blended:

  • Add all ingredients to blender except for sweetener and blend until completely smooth and creamy. For best results, mix ingredients together lightly and let sit for 15-20 minutes before blending so chia begins to swell.
  • I recommend using dates as sweetener, but either way add little by little until desired sweetness.
  • Let sit covered in fridge for a few hours or overnight until it gains a pudding consistency.

I like to store them in small glass containers (serves about 4) so in the morning I can grab-n-go!

Top with cashew cream, fresh organic berries, granola or whatever you like.

Cashew Cream recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews (soaked for about 2 hours)
  • ¼-½ cup filtered water
  • 2 pitted dates (optional)
  • 1 tsp Maca Root Powder
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch sea salt

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients to blender and puree until thick and creamy. Start with only ¼ cup of water and add as you go depending on desired thickness.
  • Store in glass container in refrigerator

(if don’t have a high powered blender, soak cashews for much longer like 4-6 hours)