Superfoods: A Complete Guide To 8 Basic Superfoods

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Superfoods are literally what they say they are- a super food. They pack an extraordinary amount of nutrients in an extremely condensed amount of food. Thus, containing more vitamins, more minerals, and more benefits for your overall health and well-being when compared to your average day-to-day foods; which is what makes them so super.

When you eat superfoods you have more energy, you are more alert, you have more mental focus, your brain works better, your ideas come quicker, and you have more mental clarity…. just to name a few positives. Superfoods are with out a doubt the healthiest foods on the planet.

With the extremely easy capability to obtain exotic plant based superfoods in our day and age, there is no excuse not to boost your overall health and nutrition by quickly adding some superfoods to your meals. If you need some extra energy, or if your looking for a natural way to eat a wider variety of essential vitamins and minerals, look no further! I truly believe in the importance of getting your vitamins and minerals from actual food sources rather then pill form. Your body recognizes, digests and accepts it easier then it would a foreign object- such as a pill.

Now, I know you’ve all heard and are familiar with superfoods such as blueberries, kale and quinoa (and if you haven’t then your mind is about to be blown), but were talking exotic here.. The real superfoods.

We’re going one step further and really digging into great nutrition for optimal health from food sourced all around the world. We’re finding the most nutrient rich foods from all the best places around the world to inspire you to live a happier, healthier and fully abundant life! These foods are obtainable with just a short trip to your nearest health food store, (or a click of a button online). 

I have put a few links to my favorite brands of superfoods (tried and tested) so that you don’t have to do all of the confusing work. Trust me, I know how hard it is trying to decide which one is best. I have spent my own money on all of these products trying them all out over the years, so my opinion is 100% honest. These are the brands I truly love, and use on a daily basis! My favorite brands run on the more expensive side (as you would expect from companies producing high quality and high nutritional superfoods) but I honestly believe they are worth every penny. Annnnnnd.. a lot of these brands I love are sold for a discounted price on thrive market.

Thrive market is an online shop where you can buy everything and anything natural, organic, and healthy at a discounted price! They buy wholesale and sell at a wholesale price, which means tons of savings for us. So far this year I have already saved almost 400$ whilst buying products I love and truly believe in. Which is completely life changing for me. By using this link you can get 20% off your first 3 orders! Talk about savings on savings.

When it comes to superfoods, you can easily add them into your everyday meals such as smoothies, oatmeal, baking, and salads- bringing your meals to a whole new level of health. Get ready to feel energized and reap all the benefits these foods have to offer.

Below you will find 8 basic superfoods to help you take your first step into the world of superfoods, along with some of their nutritional content, benefits, and how you can incorporate them into your diet easily. We’re starting off this superfood series guide with the more basic and well known of these exotic foods. If you haven’t tried any of these yet- now is the time!

Treat your body kindly, eat super foods.

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Acai Berry

This is probably one of the most socially popular and well known of all superfoods-  and for great reason.

Acai is packed full of antioxidants- the ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), which measures the antioxidant levels in foods- has one of the highest ranking of all fruits and veggies. It has 10 times more antioxidants than grapes, helps fight against free radicals and help with supporting your immune system. This Brazilian berry, native to the Amazon, is a powerhouse of nutrition containing essential fatty acids making it great for your nervous system and heart health. It’s low in sugar and high in fiber, vitamins (including vitamins A, C,  E and various B vitamins), and essential minerals (including iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper). You can also find essential amino acids in these powerful berries which can help give you energy, endurance and strength.

What does it taste like?

Due to the naturally occurring polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, acai has a sort of creamy feeling- making it great for smoothies. The berry itself is somewhat tart and taste similar to other popular berries without all the sweetness, and has dark chocolate or cacao undertones.

How to use it?

The most famous way to eat this superfood is by making acai bowls or acai smoothies (which if you haven’t noticed has been going viral over the internet and on social medias).

Add it in with your favorite smoothie fruit combos and some plant based milk (coconut is my fave with this) and top with more fresh fruit or other superfoods.

You can find it frozen (Sambazon is my favorite brand), or you can buy it as a freeze dried powder (which makes it a lot easier to use since there is no mess).

Shop freeze dried acai powder here or here.

Or shop on Thrive Market here at a cheaper price + get an additional 20% off discount your first 3 orders here



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Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds have been ignored for their nutritional properties in the past due to their relationship and more well known “drug” association with marijuana. Only more recently hemp seeds have become the craze in the health world. Hemp does not have the psychotropic reaction that marijuana has. Although very closely related, hemp and marijuana are two different strands of Cannabis. Hemp does not contain the high amounts of THC that you will find in marijuana. Hemp is an extremely versatile plant, and every part of the plant can be used including the fibers, core, seeds and flowers. Materials can be used from the plant to make anything from food to paper, and clothing to carpeting. In fact, the first American flag was supposedly made from hemp fabric!

Hemp seeds have an amazing fatty acid profile, and actually have the perfect balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids and including the rarely found GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid).  Hemp seeds are even a complete protein, containing all amino acids essential for optimum health. This plant based protein is extremely easier for your body to digest and absorb compared to proteins found in meat, eggs, cheese, milk and other high protein animal products.

Hemp is known to balance hormones, improve digestion and metabolism, promote weight loss, and reduce inflammation. They can benefit cardiovascular health, and can prevent aging and disease such as diabetes and hypertension. Hemp seeds are known to improve your immune system, circulation and can give you increased and sustained energy. They contain vitamins E, D, various B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, chlorophyll, carotene, iron, zinc, fiber, sulfur, potassium, phosphorous, copper and enzymes. Hemp is such a perfectly and naturally balanced food, that can be used in so many versatile ways.

What does it taste like?

Hemp seeds have a nutty earthy flavor, with somewhat of an herbal taste. The texture is softer than most nuts and seeds, but still have a crunch and are slightly chewier than sunflower seeds.

How to use it?

Hemp seeds work great in energy bars, granola, as a salad topper, or even make a superfood pesto with them.

Blend some into your smoothies for extra protein, or top your tacos with them.

You can find other hemp products such as hemp oil, butter, milk and hemp protein powders.

Shop hemp seeds here.

Or shop on Thrive Market here at a cheaper price + get an additional 20% off discount your first 3 orders here



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Mm chocolatey goodness. This wonderful superfood is chocolate in its completely raw, natural and unfiltered/unprocessed form- and since cacao is raw and not heated, none of the nutrients are damaged or lost… yes this is chocolate you can enjoy guilt free.

Raw cacao is an amazing aid for optimal health and promotes longevity. It is extremely, extremely high in vitamin C, and can help boost your mood by releasing endorphin’s. It releases a compound called anandamide (the “bliss chemical”), which only exists in human metabolism. The only food source it exists in, in all of the foods in the world that we know of yet is cacao. Anandamide produces feelings of euphoria, bliss, contentment and relaxation. Cacao is amazing for your heart health, and has anti-aging properties. It is one of the highest ranking antioxidant foods in the world, containing 20 times more antioxidants than blueberries and green tea, and contains a high amount of vitamins and minerals including: various B vitamins, vitamin E, extreme amounts of vitamin C, protein, calcium, carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, magnesium, manganese, sulfur, zinc, flavonoids and essential fatty acids.

Eating this superfood will leave you feeling healthy as opposed to guilty. If you are in need of a mood booster, this superfood is for you!

What does it taste like?

A very rich chocolate taste, but more bitter and not as sweet as your “regular” chocolate.

How to use it?

You will find cacao as nibs or as a powder, the nibs are nice for sprinkling on to smoothie bowls or using in raw cookies as chocolate chips, and the powder is nicer to use in smoothie bases, or in drinks and what not. I personally use both, but my powder goes quicker, and does not taste as bitter. 

Add this rich and chocolately yumminess to smoothies, cookies, or oatmeal.

You can sprinkle on ice cream (so good!)

Make raw hot chocolate,

Or even make raw chocolate bark with it!

*Just be sure not to cook it as it will lose its nutrients and benefits

Shop cacao nibs here or here.

Shop cacao powder here.

Or shop on Thrive Market here and here at a cheaper price + get an additional 20% off discount your first 3 orders here



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Goji Berries

Goji berries are so good for your body, your skin and they pack a punch of vitamins and nutrients.

These vibrant red berries are known as “the fountain of youth” and are especially good for your skin because they contain beta-carotene, which is anti-aging and beneficial for healthy, clear, beautiful and glowing skin. These berries are the number one in Chinese medicine out of all foods, herbs…everything– and still are to this day.

Goji berries are very high in vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber and iron, and contain a high amount of antioxidants that help fight against free radical damage. This small plant based berry is even a complete protein! Yep, you heard right- a complete protein with all the essential amino acids containing 4 grams of complete protein in just 1/4 of a cup. They can help boost your immune system, are anti-inflammatory and are even beneficial for your eye health. These little berries really are super!

What does it taste like?

A sweet but bitter and slightly tart flavor, with a herb like after taste. The texture is similar to a raisin since you will most likely find these dehydrated.

How to use it?

I like to sprinkle them on top of my cereal, coconut yogurt and smoothie bowls for a beautifying boost of nutrients.

You can add them into smoothies, trail mix and baked goods or even salads.

I also love to enjoy them straight out of the bag.

Shop goji berries here or here.

Or shop on Thrive Market here at a cheaper price + get an additional 20% off discount your first 3 orders here


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Maca is a root native to Peru grown in the Andes mountains and belongs to the radish family. It is the highest altitude crop in the world.

This superfood is beneficial for regulating hormone balance in both men and women since it contains an astonishing 20 amino acids and essential building blocks for regulating hormones and ovulation cycles. Another common use for Maca is to relieve symptoms of menopause since it is a great hormone balancer. It is one of the most invigorating endocrine supporting foods in the world.  Studies have shown that Maca can reduce depression, stress and anxiety. It can also increase fertility and is an aphrodisiac-which basically means it can stimulate sexual desire and has been known to increase libido in both men and women. Black Maca is suggested for men, while red Maca is suggested for women. I personally use red maca or yellow maca.

Maca has known benefits for increasing stamina and athletic endurance, it can increase energy, improve circulation, helps with memory and can help give you enhanced mental clarity and focus. Since it is an adaptogen it can help your body take on challenging and stressful situations. Maca is also great for your hair, skin, nails, teeth and bones and contains a huge array of minerals.

What does it taste like?

It has an earthy nutty taste, with hints of butterscotch, maple or caramel- with a slightly bitter after taste.

How to use it?

Since maca comes mostly in a dehydrated raw powdered form, you can easily add it to smoothies. My favorite combo is peanut butter, banana and maca.

Make a superfood caramel sauce with it,

Or add it to your morning oatmeal.

Shop yellow maca here, red maca here or black maca here. (yellow is great one to start off with)

Or shop on Thrive Market here at a cheaper price + get an additional 20% off discount your first 3 orders here


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Chia Seeds

These extremely detoxing little seeds are so powerful, versatile and good for your body. Once these tiny seeds are submerged in liquid they expand multiple times their size and form a gelatinous coating. This gel-like coating is what makes these tiny seeds so detoxing.

Since chia seeds expand and are so gelatinous, when they move through your body they can absorb toxins while they move through your digestive tract. They can help improve digestion and can also help you feel fuller longer, making a great natural appetite suppressant. Plus they have a whopping 11 grams of fiber per ounce! These tiny little seeds are a great source of plant based protein containing almost 5 grams per ounce, and contain the highest level of Omega-3’s found in any plant. They even contain 5 times more calcium than cow’s milk in one serving!

Aztec and Mayans used chia seeds as a main part of their diet. The Aztec warriors would survive most solely on chia seeds as they are extremely light, nutritious and gave them an abundance of  endurance and energy. Chia seeds were even used as trade currency! Containing vitamins A, E, D, various B vitamins, copper, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, sulfur, iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese, thiamine, essential fatty acids and amino acids, antioxidants-  these seeds really pack a punch of nutrients. The antioxidants will strengthen your immune system and fight against free radical damage, preventing premature aging and inflammation.

What does it taste like?

The taste is extremely mild, and has almost no flavor, which makes them so easy to sneak into almost anything. Dry chia seeds are reminiscent of poppy seeds, and when soaked they have more of a texture to tapioca.

How to use it?

Chia seeds are so versatile! A popular way to eat them is by making chia seed pudding.

You can also add them into smoothies, oatmeal, or top your smoothie bowls and yogurt with them.

I sometimes just add some into my water or juice for extra hydration and nutrients.

You can even make a plant based egg replacement with chia seeds for your baking. I do this quite often actually since it is healthier then eggs, and works just as well for most baking needs. Just mix 1 tbs of chia seeds with 3 tbs of water and use it in your baking as you would 1 normal egg.

Shop chia seeds here, (this is the best deal I’ve found for a large amount of high quality seeds) 

I also really like these chia seed packets because they are easy for an on the go boost of nutrients. I enjoy them and I always give them to my 2 year old niece. She loves them! Even the green ones 😉

You can find them even cheaper per pack here on Thrive Market + get an additional 20% off discount your first 3 orders here


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Spirulina is a fresh water blue-green algae. It is commonly recognized as one of the world’s most nutritionally complete and potent superfoods available when harvested correctly from non-contaminated fresh water. Offering health benefits to practically every organ and bodily function, this natural algae is an incredible superfood.

Spirulina is largely made up of protein and essential amino acids. It’s contains over 65% protein by weight, making it an incredible plant based complete protein option. It is extremely, extremely beneficial for detoxing your body, and can even help detox heavy metals and arsenic out of your body. It has been known to prevent cancer because it increases the production of antibodies, infection-fighting proteins, and other cells that improve immunity.

Spirulina has been known to reduce cholesterol, and reduce the risk of stroke. It can also give you increased energy and an increased metabolism. Since spirulina contains the rare Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), it can help fight against inflammation, and can help ease PMS symptoms. It contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals including various B vitamins, vitamin A, E and K, potassium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, zinc and high levels of calcium (26 times more than cow’s milk!)

What does it taste like?

An intense pond scum like flavor (gross, but true). But if you can get over (or mask) the flavor, I believe it’s benefits far outweigh the not so appealing taste.

How to use it?

Sneak a little into your morning green smoothies.

Or make a salad dressing with it!

Shop high quality spirulina here.

Or shop on Thrive Market here + get an additional 20% off discount your first 3 orders here

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Turmeric is one of those weird spices you probably have hanging out in your pantry. It often used in Indian cooking, and is what gives yellow curry its color. This herb has been used in India for thousands of years in cooking and as a medicinal herb.

This herb is so so good for your skin. It is anti-aging, helps neutralize free radicals, helps lighten acne scars (or stretch marks), and can help control oil production. It is also an anti-inflammatory making it great for eczema, psoriasis, arthritis or any other inflammation that may occur. Due to the curcumin (the property naturally found in turmeric which gives it it’s yellow color) it is said to help stop the growth of cancers and tumors. It naturally detoxes the liver, and can also aid with depression. Turmeric has been known to increase brain function and lower the risk of brain disease.

What does it taste like?

It has a bitter and slightly earthy aromatic taste.

How to use it?

Cook with it as you would any spice, especially in the ever popular curry dishes.

I love juicing raw turmeric to easily absorb all of it’s nutrients. My favorite combo is carrots and oranges for a detoxing juice that leaves me light, glowing and feeling amazing.

Turmeric oats- cook your oatmeal to your liking and mix in a teaspoon or two of turmeric powder for an extra boost of nutrients in the morning.

Indian food- make a delicious curry or lentil dal using turmeric for that classic yellow color.

Golden milk- Mix your favorite heated plant based milk (macadamia is my favorite for this) with turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, peppercorn, and maple syrup or other liquid sweetener.

Be sure to eat your turmeric with peppercorns as this helps absorb the beneficial nutrient curcumin. Or find it with bioperine which will enhance the absorption of curcumin by 2000%. If you don’t take your turmeric with one of these substances, it just passes through your body without being fully absorbed.

I love buying a pre-made golden milk mixture as it is so much easier to make and tastes amazing! I just add macadamia nut milk or coconut milk and some agave. It’s sooo good! I drink it every morning in place of coffee. 

Shop my favorite golden milks here or here.

Or shop on Thrive Market here + get an additional 20% off discount your first 3 orders here




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