While you may know a thing or two about superpowers and probably have some superpowers of your own, how much do you know about superfoods? If you are a longtime member of The 30 Clean, you’re most likely already consuming them on your model T30C plate; making you super ahead of the curve! However, if you are new to our community or just starting on your path to blissful living, including superfoods in your diet is super important!
While there is no scientific definition for the term ‘superfood’, it’s widely recognized that if a food contains one of more of a certain nutrient, it can be considered a superfood. What does that mean for you? Increased energy, natural pain relief, a better chance at preventing heart disease, improved gut health, and of course superpowers. And that’s just the beginning!
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Chia seeds – An excellent source of omega 3 fatty acid. Why do you need omega 3? There is increasing support for omega-3 fatty acids in protecting against heart disease. Plus, omegas have anti-inflammatory effects. The body can’t make all of the omega-3 it needs, so it’s important to get it from your diet.
- Flax seeds – A great source of fiber, omega-3s, and plant based protein. Consume flax seeds ground.
- Hemp seeds – A complete protein, hemp seeds can be used as a plant-based protein source.. It’s chock full of fiber, iron, manganese and vitamins B1, C & E.
- Cacao – Available as nibs and a powder, cacao is not only sugar free and delish, but has mood boosting benefits too. Cacao contains polyphenols and flavonoids which are potent antioxidants that are important in a preventive diet.
- Acai berries – A plentiful source of antioxidants, fiber and vitamins A & C and may promote anti-aging. Acai berries are difficult to find fresh, so look for frozen Acai in the freezer section of your grocery store. Be sure there are no added sweeteners to the ingredient list.
- Spirulina – A plant-based protein from the sea, spirulina is in the blue-green algae family. Added to your juice or smoothie…it’s another excellent source of omega 3. It promotes eye health and is used to treat iron deficiency and anemia.
- Maca & Matcha powder – Two powdery boosts we LOVE. Terrific source of vitamins A, B-complex, C, K and E. Just one tablespoon added to your smoothie, chia pudding or paleo yogurt can help improve focus and provide a boost of energy. Both are delicious as a latte too!
- Turmeric – Curcumin is a key chemical compounds in turmeric and offers a very long list of health benefits. But the body cannot absorb curcumin alone. By adding black pepper it becomes significantly more bioavailable. Look for turmeric with black pepper added.