Stock Your Pantry With These 20 Essential Superfoods
It’s true — you are what you eat. When you devour food packed with powerful nutrients, your body responds. You feel stronger, healthier, and possibly even lose weight. Bonus!
Of course, figuring out the best grub to pile on your plate can be overwhelming. A simple Google search or scan of Pinterest will turn up thousands of articles about healthy eating.
Rather than wade through mountains of content, keep it simple. Set yourself on a healthy path by keeping your pantry stocked with these 20 incredible superfoods. When mealtime or the urge to snack rolls around, you’ll have oodles of healthy food on hand.
1) Almonds and Almond Butter
You’ll find protein, magnesium, fiber, zinc, iron, and B vitamins packed into raw, organic almonds and almond butter. Plus, almonds are a fantastic source of calcium, which is a plus for plant-based eaters.
Bite into an apple, and you’ll be filling up on the fiber pectin, and giving yourself a dose of Vitamin C and potassium. Eating apples has been shown to lower body weight and improve cholesterol levels and heart health.
Avocados help reduce inflammation in your digestive tract and arteries and help prevent sugar cravings. Plus, they are filled with vitamins B and E, as well as potassium.
You’ll fight illness and strengthen organs with beets, which are loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, as well as betalains, which give them their purple color and are thought to help fight cancer.
“Super” Berries, including acai, blueberry, blackberry, tart cherry, cranberry, goji berry, hawthorn berry, pomegranate, raspberry, and strawberry, pack a powerful punch with antioxidants, natural phytonutrients, such as anthocyanins and flavonoids, vitamins and minerals. This Super Berry powder blend contains 10 exceptional berries. Blend it with water, smoothies or your favorite beverage for a refreshing, healthful drink.
Nutrients in broccoli have been shown to help prevent cancer. Plus, this cruciferous veggie is filled with calcium, protein, chlorophyll, magnesium, Vitamin C, and fiber.
Cacao is chock full of antioxidants, and can help fight sugar cravings and boost your mood. Snack on delicious, crunchy Super Cacao Nibs; you can eat them plain or add them to trail mix, smoothies, and cookies.
Whether you enjoy them raw or cooked, carrots offer your body immune-boosting antioxidants, as well as beta-carotene (vitamin A), vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium.
9) Chia (or Flax)
These popular superfoods are an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids and contain soluble and insoluble fibers which help regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and help you feel full longer than many regular grains.
10) Coconut (Shreds, Butter, Oil)
Raw, organic coconut is a great source of fatty acids. Plus it’s a natural hormone booster, and anti-microbial food. Avoid processed coconut, and instead, eat whole forms of coconut, like these Toasted Coconut Chips, which are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, and no sugar added.
This spicy root adds a delicious spark to meals, teas, and smoothies. This anti-inflammatory food can be a remedy for practically anything: nausea, diarrhea, and even upper respiratory infections and pain relief.
12) Golden Berries
Tangy Golden Berries — also known as Inca berries, Cape gooseberries, or ground cherries — are packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, fiber, and high in vitamins A, B, and C. Eat ’em plain or add them to trail mix and smoothies.
13) Green Tea
Sip on Super Matcha Green Tea for a potent source of antioxidants, immune-boosting flavanols, and catechins (EGCg). Plus, it’s high amino acid concentration (L-theanine), alkalinizing pH, and chlorophyll-rich composition helps boost your energy and focus.
14) Kale and Other Dark Greens
Kale is, hands down, one of the trendiest superfoods — and with good reason: it’s filled with vitamins A, C, and K, plus magnesium, fiber, iron, and potassium. Wow! Other dark greens with similar properties include mustard greens, Swiss chard, spinach, collards, and turnip greens.
15) Maca Powder
Maca Root has been used for thousands of years by native Indians of Peru as an indispensable to promoting health and stamina. In fact, Incan warriors would ingest the root before battle to help increase endurance and strength.
The beta-glucans in mushrooms can stimulate and strengthen your immune system. You’ll find a blend of 20 potent, organic mushrooms in Super Shrooms powder, which you can use to make tea, or add to smoothies and applesauce.
Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween. These gourds are loaded with beta-carotene, antioxidants, and vitamins.
These tiny, powerhouse seeds are bursting with proteins and amino acids. They make a great substitute for less nutrient-rich grains, like rice.
19) Sacha Inchi
This Peruvian superfood is actually a nut-like seed which contains three different types of Omega 3 fatty acids. It’s said to help lower cholesterol, prevent heart disease, promote weight loss and aid in regulating blood sugar. Snack on sacha inchi in the addictively tasty Chocolate Chip Trail Mix — trust us, you won’t be able to grab just one handful of this crunchy, sweet, and savory treat.
20) Sweet Potatoes
Because sweet potatoes are, well, sweet, they help satisfy sugar and carb cravings — perfect for people eliminating processed sugar from their diets. Sweet potatoes are also a great source of vitamins A and C, magnesium, Vitamin B6, manganese and certain antioxidants believed to help fight cancer.
Of course, you can also enjoy a potent blend of nutrients found in these 20 foods with a simple scoop of Super Food powder added to your smoothie, shake, juice, or water.
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