There are (fortunately) many superfoods that are healthy, tasty and give you lots of good energy throughout the day.
But, if you want to know the top 10 best, here they are.
Why are these considered the best? Simply because they have a great balance of essential nutrients and they also taste amazing!
Besides being packed with protein, most nuts contain also unsaturated fats (omega-3 fatty acids), the kind of fat that does good to you!
A golf ball-sized portion (about 30g) of unsalted nuts makes a vitality-boosting snack at any time of the day.
You can add nuts to your breakfast cereal bowl, to your smoothies, to your main meals, or just eat them as a snack.
To get the most health benefits, try eat a mix of different types of nuts: almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, walnuts, etc.
2. Goji Berries
All berries are great superfoods, but goji berries are full of beta-carotene, which gives you a glowing looking skin.
Goji berries have also been known to help boost the immune system and protect the eyes.
You can add them to your breakfast cereal bowl, to a salad or just eat a handful during the day.
3. Spirulina Powder
Spirulina is a blue-green algae with many health benefits!
Its benefits include: detoxing heavy metals, helps prevent cancer, lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, lowers chance of stroke, boosts energy and speeds up weight loss.
4. Raw Cacao Powder
The benefits of cacaco are amazing: it can improve your memory, increase your bliss, reduce heart disease, shed fat, boost immunity, and create loads of energy.
However, the benefits of cacao are only in its raw form, it seems that adding dairy blocks the absorption of antioxidants in chocolate.
So, make sure you buy only raw cacao powder.
Quinoa is considered a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids.
It is naturally gluten-free and contains iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E, and fiber.
Quinoa is heavily consumed in a vegetarian or vegan diet but it can be consumed by anyone that simply wants to eat healthy.
6. Matcha Green Tea Powder
Matcha Green Tea Powder seems to be a very popular choice nowadays and it’s green rich colour is very appealing.
Matcha Green Tea is the highest quality powdered green tea available.
Its amazing benefits include: high in antioxidants, enhances calm, is loaded with cateching, EGCg, boosts memory and concentration, increase energy levels, burns calories, detoxifies the body, fortifies the immune system and improves cholesterol.
A word of caution though: if you’re highly sensitive to caffeine or normal green tea, you might want to be careful with Matcha Green Tea.
7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats, the healthy fats that convert “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols.
Its benefits include: prevents heart disease and high blood pressure, proven Alzheimer’s disease natural treatment, protects the liver, cancer prevention and treatment, reduces inflammation and arthritis, boosts the immune system, improves memory and brain function, improves energy, improves digestion, prevents gum disease, prevents oesteoporosis and helps in weight loss.
Coconut oil benefits and uses go beyond what most people realize. You can use it for cooking, as a hair mask, a skin mask, add to smoothies, tea or coffee, make-up remover, massage oil, to do popcorns, treat dandruff, rub on cuts to heal, etc.
8. Manuka Honey
Manuka honey, produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, is one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world.
Manuka honey’s nutritional content is up to 4 times that of normal flower honeys.
Here are its benefits: natural antibiotic qualities, helps with acne and eczema, heals burns, wounds and ulcers, help cure gingivitis and periodontal disease, heals sore throats and boosts immunity, help with seasonal allergies, boosts energy, improves skin tone and texture (either by eating it or use it in skin products) and improves sleep.
Add it to your favorite herbal tea, over yogurt, on pancakes on top of fruit or on your toasts.
Acai berries contain antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats.
They may have more antioxidant content than other commonly eaten berries, such as cranberries, blueberries and strawberries.
Other benefits include: ability to lower cholesterol levels in the blood stream, helps in weight loss and also in maintaining a healthy weight, promotes skin health, helps digestion, reduces irritation, boosts the immune system, boosts energy, boosts sex drive, has anti-aging effects and improves mental function.
10. Chia Seeds
Like flax seeds, chia seeds are very high in Omega-3 fatty acids, the good type of fat.
Chia seeds contain even more Omega-3s than salmon.
Other benefits include: its loaded with antioxidants, full of fiber, high in quality protein, helps lose weight, high in calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, can significantly lower blood pressure and can improve exercise performance.
They can be eaten raw, soaked in juice, added to porridges, ato açai or smoothie bowls or to baked goods.
You can also sprinkle them on top of cereal, yogurt, vegetables or rice dishes.
Because of their ability to absorb both water and fat, they can be used to thicken sauces, and even used as egg substitutes in vegan recipes.