The Cleveland Clinic defines superfoods as “[foods that] help promote health by increasing your immune function and decreasing your chance of disease prevention or progression.” It also states that superfoods are often associated with:
- heart health
- a strong immune system
- cancer prevention
- reduced inflammation
- lower cholesterol
These claims make sense considering superfoods are high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals as well as fiber and healthy fats. You likely consume many of these foods in your every day life: avocados, berries, beets, cinnamon, green tea, ginger, garlic, lentils, kefir, etc. These ordinary food items may not be what comes to mind when you think “superfood,” but they are incredibly nutrient dense.
Another category of superfoods includes seeds, herbs/spices, powders, medicinal mushrooms, and more. Here’s a list of some of our favorite, most powerful superfoods that may be a little more obscure:
- Acai: You’ve probably heard of Acai bowls – trendy for their deep purple color and fun, fruity toppings. Acai berries come from Acai palm trees, native to South American rainforests, and has tons of nutritional value. Most notably, Acai berries are incredibly high in antioxidants, which is known to support heart health and protect against disease. Acai can be purchased frozen or in powdered form to add to drinks or smoothies.
- Chia Seeds: Chia has also gained popularity in recent years in chocolate chia puddings, overnight oats recipes, or in water/juice. These small seeds are packed with fiber and protein and perfect for a nutritional boost in any meal. They are flavorless but take on an interesting, gelatinous texture when added to any liquid. Chia seeds are accessible and affordable- find them in store!
- Cacao: The tastiest superfood, if you ask us. You know cocoa powder… cacao is made from cocoa beans that have not yet been roasted. The difference is in the nutritional value; cacao powder is raw, unprocessed, and contains higher levels of antioxidants and minerals. Replace your cocoa powder with cacao in your smoothies, breakfast recipes, and hot chocolate for an extra boost of nutrition.
- Hemp Hearts: Hemp seeds have a subtle nutty flavor and are a great source of plant-based protein. Over 25% of their calories come from high quality protein. They are easy to add onto cereals, smoothies, yogurt, salads, and grain bowls.Shop with us in store and online for superfoods!