Superfoods. We love talking about them, and boy do we love eating them! They usually have a funky name (camu camu, moringa, and more) and there’s a good chance you’ll have to hit up an eclectic natural food store on the other side of town to get your hands on them. Needless to say, we were pleasantly surprised by the simplicity of these wellness experts’ favorite superfoods (though we had to throw on a couple exotic ones at the end). Read on, healthy human, read on.
“This orange spud has great amounts of complex carbohydrates that help meet my physical activity needs and a ton of beta carotene, which also supports immunity, bone and eye health. It also has filling fiber to help keep my runner hunger under control and is potassium packed! Potassium helps to break down carbohydrates into glycogen during high intensity exercise.”
– Starla Garcia, M.Ed, RDN, LD // @starla_shines
Sweet Potatoes have gotta be my favorite Carb 😋🍠 Sliced, mashed, baked, loaded, and (sometimes) fries 🍟. Don't be afraid of carbohydrates guys!! We need these to help us have ENERGY throughout our day⚡️,fuel our brain, they have fiber🌱 and helps us have consistent blood sugars. BUUT it is recommended to pay attention to portions. . . 🔶Carbohydrate tips🔶 ✔️Limit to 1/4 of meal or plate to carbohydrates ✔️portions should all equal to fist sized portions or 1cup ✔️choose 100% whole wheat or whole grain products when possible ✔️carbs are: starches/grains, beans and legumes, dairy products incl soy milk, fruits and juice, And cereals
“I am a huge advocate for lentils, which don’t get enough press for their super-nutrients! Not only are they a good plant-based protein, but they also contain both types of fiber – soluble and insoluble. The former promotes satiety, helps manage cholesterol levels and blood sugar control, but even more exciting, supports the good bacteria in our digestive tract. The latter keeps us regular, preventing bloating and constipation. In terms of nutrients, they are a great source of iron, which is especially important for active females, as well as Vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, folate and manganese. They also contain choline, a nutrient important for muscles, memory and fertility that many people don’t know about.”
– Kelly Jones, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN // @kellyjonesrd
chia seeds & ginger
“My 2 favorite superfoods at the moment are chia seeds and ginger! Ginger is a mighty root packed with spunky spice and flavor, which I absolutely love! Not only do I love ginger’s yummy taste, but I also love that it is awesome for digestion and soothing to an upset tummy! Some of my favorite ways to enjoy ginger are in to a berry smoothie (add in some cinnamon and it tastes like a berry crisp!), in a turmeric ginger lemonade, or just as straight up fresh pressed ginger juice as a gut shot!
Chia seeds are a favorite superfood of mine not only for their amazing health benefits, but also just because I absolutely adore chia seeds in the form of chia pudding! Chia seeds are also great for making berry chia jams, as a nutritional boost in smoothies, or as an egg replacement for any egg free folks!”
– Macy Diulus, nutrition student & food blogger // @paleocrumbs
“My new daily go-to when it comes to super foods, is CAULIFLOWER! I’ve been steaming it and adding it to smoothies, sauces, and pairing it with main dishes too. I’ve even made crunchy cauli chips! I love that it packs such a nutritional punch without being calorie dense. My favorite “cheese” sauce right now is steamed cauliflower, tofu, nutritional yeast, walnuts (I never measure) all added to the food processor, with salt and pepper to taste!”
– Emily Louise, NASM, CPT // @heyemmylou
So I ditched the shell this week and went straight for the good stuff. . I got quite a few questions about bowls after I posted on my story on Tuesday- so here are my top 3 tips: . 🌮Don't over complicate it. Choose 4 or 5 main ingredients, warm them over medium heat with a little evoo (extra virgin olive oil) and season with taco seasoning or cumin, salt, and lime. . 🌮Dont be afraid to get creative. Here we used purple cabbage, cauliflower, and couscous as a base! . 🌮Don't be afraid to kick the heat up or add some spice with jalapeños, your favorite hot sauce, or fun seasonings. Get spicy!
“That would be nuts. I eat them everyday – I try to mix them up – almonds, pistachios, brazil nuts, cashews etc. The nuts would be for taste. I just love them. There are a few on the list that I don’t love but eat them for health benefits.”
– Michelle Pittman, RDN, LD, spin instructor // @spinmeaneatclean
winter squashes & starchy vegetables
“When summer turns to fall I always gravitate towards winter squashes and starchy vegetables like sweet potato, kabocha, butternut, and yams. The thing that really puts it over the top is the spices though! Antioxidants in spices make them especially great, and cayenne, smoked paprika, cinnamon, and ginger tend to go really well with the earthy flavor of winter squash.”
– Lauren Ross, RD // @how_to_eat_rd
“I’m loving quinoa right now because it doesn’t take long to cook, it’s super versatile, and there are TONS of health benefits. I don’t like to eat meat every day, so quinoa is a great way for me to get some extra protein and fiber. It’s also a healthier side or base (for a bowl) than rice or pasta!”
– Lauren Nolan, wellness blogger // @lakeshorelady
Whether you're a regular meal prep-er or not, I promise you'll love this Rustic Tabouli Salad that I whipped up for @corepoweryoga's blog 😋 It's got a boost of fiber from quinoa instead of bulgur wheat, a little less parsley, and even more veggies – aka the perfect lunch yo power you thru your work week! Check it out on CPY or LSL now! (swipe up in my insta-story!) #sponsored #LSLrecipe #whyIyoga
“I honestly really love the taste of maca – it has a nutty caramel taste – so I use it because of that and also the health benefits it has. I wrote an article about that here – just scroll down some.”
– Kelly Nardo, health & wellness blogger // @eatthegains
Post workout eats! Made this salted caramel apple oatmeal the other morning to refuel after some lifting and a WOD – packed with some simple and complex carb sources and protein. Some of you guys asked how I use maca and this is one of them! It has a nutty caramel flavor and goes great with oats! Today starts @wholefoods 3 day Supplement Sale and I'm going to be stocking up on some of my favs, like the maca and collagen in this oatmeal! Directions on how to make it below!⠀ -⠀ 1/2 cup soaked rolled oats, drained and rinsed⠀ heaping cup of @yourtaylorfarms cauliflower rice⠀ small green apple, chopped⠀ 1 tablespoon @soomfoods tahini, divided⠀ 1 tablespoon @sunfood maca, divided⠀ 1 serving @vitalproteins collagen peptides⠀ 1 date, chopped⠀ salt, to taste⠀ -⠀ add oats and cauliflower rice to a pan with a little water and cook up until soft – add 2/3 of the chopped apple, 2 teaspoons of tahini, 2 teaspoon maca, collagen, date, and salt and mix well and cook until combined and warm – mix the remaining tahini with remaining maca – top oats with the rest of the apple and tahini mixture! [471 cals/31p/64c/11f]⠀ #eatthegains
“Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides have seriously been a game changer in my life. I am such a skeptic when it comes to supplements and superfoods but my skin has been doing wonderful things along with these never before seen eyelashes! I’ve also encouraged my mother to start taking it due to her many joint pains.”
– Isabel Hsu, RDN, LD // @hsucchini
“I take it for the wonderful benefits it brings to my hair, skin, and nails. But I also feel that it helps with digestion as well, thanks to the probiotics in it. I love to add it to my morning coffee along with nutpods dairy free creamer or a splash of Chai Cashew Milk.”
– Andrea Martinez-Overturf, Whole30 Certified Coach & wellness blogger // @loubiesandlulu
Coffee + collagen has become a welcome part of my morning routine!☕️ Using my @nespresso milk frother to warm and froth my @nutpods has taken this drink to the next level…top with a sprinkle of cinnnamon, yum!! Give it a try and let me know what you think… See my detailed post on the blog for more details or shop this pic instantly with the new LIKEtoKNOW.it app 👉🏼 @liketoknow.it http://liketk.it/2rHJ9 #liketkit 📸:@sothentheysayblog / #whole30 #whole30approved #vitalproteins #lifeafterwhole30 #nutpods #dallasblogger #beautyblogger #fitnessblogger #targetstyle #collagen #coffee #dairyfree #LTKfit #LTKhome
“I use it as an alternative to sugar (to roll truffles in or add to smoothies or overnight oats). It’s been used forever in South America – it’s a fruit that is then dried and powdered so you can buy it in a package. It has a considerable amount of calcium, potassium and magnesium.”
Don’t you feel healthier after just reading this? Because we do. What are some of your favorite superfoods? Let us know in a comment!