9 Superfoods You Need to Stock Up On

 9superfoodsheaderDo you know that superfoods give you super powers?

They do and that’s what I tell my kids as I am trying to educate them on proper nutrition.

Superfoods are important in the American diet; we miss out so many nutrients because our grocery store bought foods are grown in nutrient depleted soils.

Really, a superfood is a food that is super rich in nutrients.  A real superfood has been proven to deliver the nutrition the body needs to function properly.  Below is a list of superfoods, but it is definitely not a complete list.  These superfoods are some of my favorites. They are foods I keep stocked in my cabinet and hide in my family’s smoothies.

These foods are some of the ones that give my children their superpowers:

Camu Camu – Found throughout the rivers of the Amazon in Peru and Brazil, this low growing shrub is one of the best ways to get your vitamin C.  This powerful superfood contains 30-60 times more vitamin C than an orange.  Camu Camu also contains beta-carotene, potassium, and amino acids.  It has a sweet and sour taste.  I often add it to smoothies or make homemade sour “candies” with it. — Where to find

Chia Seeds – These babies are loaded with both fatty acids and fiber. These bad boys are known for absorbing 10x their weight in water and are fantastic for making puddings.  They are also super amazing to aid in proper digestion due to their gelatinous nature.  They bind to toxins and are helpful in moving them out of the body.  Chia seeds also contain essential minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and potassium.

Moringa – Known as “the miracle tree”, this amazing superfood has been eaten for centuries.  According to the Ayurvedic system of medicine it is known to cure or prevent close to 300 diseases.   Moringa leaves are very high in protein, calcium, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C.– Where to find


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Maca Powder – Maca is incredible for hormones, fertility, energy and stamina.  It has been used for thousands of years for these purposes. Maca can naturally balance the pituitary gland during times of stress. — Where to find

Nettle – My favorite herb and an absolute nutritional powerhouse, nettle is a must have superfood for every cabinet.  Nettles are a blood builder and supply much needed iron, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin K.  Nettle is known to encourage healthy blood, kidneys, and help the body adapt to stress and expel toxins.  One of my favorite ways to use Nettle is with a DIY ‘Kool Aid’ HERE. — Where to find

Ningxia Red –  Sustains energy with the combination of wolf berries and other fruits.  Supports healthy cells.  Contains powerful ingredients that may help prevent oxidative stress. Delivers d-limonene (google this one) which is a powerful component in citrus oils. This powerful formula includes wolfberry (also known as Goji berry) which is known for its vast amount of health benefits and nutritional value. — Ningxia Red is one of Young Living’s most amazing products.  Get started here. 

Raw Cacao – Jam packed with antioxidants, Raw Cacao is known to lower LDL and dilate blood vessels which is extremely helpful in improving cardiovascular health.  It is one of the highest sources of magnesium which can help the brain, build strong bones and regulate blood pressure.– where to find

Spirulina – An organism that grows in both fresh and salt water this powerhouse is often referred to as blue-green algae.  Spirulina contains plenty of protein, B1, B2, B3, copper and iron.  It also contains magnesium, potassium and manganese.  This superfood can help protect the body against oxidative damage and has amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.  Basically this superfood seems to do it all! — where to find

Shitake Mushrooms – An immune system stimulant, this mushroom can be used in cooking or taken as a supplement. These mushrooms have been found to shrink tumors, contain antiviral and antibacterial properties, balance blood sugar, protect the liver, and help maintain proper digestion. — Where to find


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