I don’t subscribe to the whole “good” food / “bad” food paradigm, because bad foods can be good for the soul sometimes, and good foods can stress you out if there’s no balance.
But let’s face it, some foods are statistically better than others, and some foods are wayyyyy better than others: oh hey, superfoods! I see you!
If you’ve already removed a lot of the basic offenders (processed foods, gluten, dairy, food additives, sugar, etc.) then challenge yourself to step it up a notch...
Superfoods get their designation because they carry megadoses of the vitamins and nutrients our body most needs to thrive and heal. They also contain antioxidants and other disease fighters that protect us today and into future!! Want to be the cutest one at the nursing home? Better get you some supa-foods.
I want you to add in two new superfoods to your daily routine. To aid you in this challenge I’ve include some info on some of my favorite superfoods including how to work them into your diet. Ready? Let’s goooooo.
*Stick to organic products
This is an herb used heavily in Ayurvedic medicine for its many amazing properties. This powerful herb is called an adaptogenic herb -- think adapting to your body’s stress needs -- and used primarily to help the body combat chronic stress (think: adrenal fatigue).
Give it a try: You can use the herb by mixing the root or the leaves in boiling water, but I’m not gonna lie, it tastes like death meets tree bark. The easier way to get its benefits is to take it in supplement form.
My fav stress combating product is Adaptocrine, which mixes ashwagandha with some other super powerful nutrients to help your body become more stress resilient. Apex Energetics doesn’t sell this supplement online but I will ship them to you from our office! Just let me know here if you want to try it. Shipping is on me! :)
This super-green superfood lovingly known as “pond scum” is the most nutrient dense food in the world. This green algae is full of protein, B vitamins, iron, and calcium, not to mention other nutrients like magnesium, selenium, zinc, and the inflammation fighter amino acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA).
Spirulina is also known for removing heavy metals from your system, increasing fat burning, and balancing blood sugar.
Give it a try: You can get more spirulina in your life by either using the powder or pill form. You can add the powder to your smoothies or green juices. I love the Brand Nutrex Pure Hawaiian Spirulina, which you can get online or at Whole Foods. I take six tablets every day!
Think nutrient dense antioxidant powerhouses with the power to help stabilize blood sugar, detoxify the liver, and increase your energy… just to name a few.
Give it a try: Whether you buy these tart little berries fresh or dried, you can add them to your homemade trail mix, to your chia seed pudding, or use them to flavor your brisket.
They are high in fiber and protein, but they won’t get you high (yay?)! These tiny little seeds are full of soluble and insoluble fiber which feeds your good gut bacteria and helps you poop. The seeds also have a beautiful balance of omega-3 fats and (GLA) that helps fight inflammation and boosts your immune system.
Give it a try: Add them to your salads, your smoothies, your chia pudding, or anything else your heart desires.
Start getting in these powerhouses and start reaping those benefits! Did I miss a favorite superfood of yours? Head over to my Facebook Page and let me know which ones you love.