It may be Bitch About Superfoods Month online, but I’m still on board of the superfood-express. Why?
- A ‘Superfood’ is ANY food that contains (extremely) high amounts of some vitamins or minerals or that has a very high nutritional value for its relative serving size.
- ‘Superfoods’ is NOT a scientific term. HOW is that not common knowledge? It’s a word that came into existence partially because people needed a name for this good stuff they were eating, and YES,because it is useful phrase for marketing.
- Superfoods are NOT necessarily weird berries harvested by Tibetan nudist monks in the full moon whilst chanting. Broccoli, blueberries, salmon, walnuts, almonds, spinach, parsley and kale are widely regarded as superfoods because of their great nutritional values.
HOWEVER. I happen to like the weird superfoods like raw cacao, mulberries and such. They are healthy. They give me an extra energy boost and most importantly, I ENJOY EATING THEM. They taste good.
No, they don’t replace the staples of a ‘normal’ healthy diet, like lots of vegetables, fruits, some lean or non-animal protein, complex carbs and unsaturated fats. Therefore, you can have a great healthy diet without ever touching superfoods.
But for me, these new weird foods replaced a bunch of old, unhealthy habits AND what I eat with superfoods complements the rest of my healthy lifestyle.
My last iHerb order was over a year ago and running out of a bunch of my favorite things all at once, I decided to do a big iHerb order.
You can see the
iHerb Haul (lol) super foods I bought below, from high priority to low priority. I added the description of why, when and how I usually eat it.
CHIA SEEDS High in calcium and fatty acids. Also, I love the jelly texture of chia pudding: SO FUN. I enjoy having that for breakfast. It’s easy to make the night before, it’s delicious and a nice way to switch it up from smoothies or yogurt.
My favorite chia pudding is a couple of table spoons of chia seeds (and hemp seeds!) in almond milk with a tea spoon of raw cacao and maca powder, and a handful of raspberries and raw cacao nibs. Nice for breakfast or to have as an afternoon snack.
RAW CACAO POWDER I think raw cacao is great stuff. Lots of antioxidants, magnesium and two compounds that help our happy neurotransmitter production (serotonin and dopamine.)
However, it is strong stuff: Too much can give you an upset stomach or…an almost drug-like mental state. I experienced the latter a couple of times. Trust me, it takes a fuck load of raw cacao before it happens, so don’t worry about it. Plus, it’s a very nice, natural high. Nothing too creepy and no hangovers.
I like making raw cacao chia pudding as mentioned above, but also like it in my smoothie: Almond milk, cherries, banana, kale and a table spoon of cacao powder.
RAW HONEY YUM pretty much sums up how I feel about raw honey. It’s highly alkalizing, very natural sweet and contains all the enzymes that may get lost in the pasteurization of regular honey.
But whatever. I drink lukewarm water with lemon, ginger and raw honey almost every morning and put it in my tea when I have a sore throat. I also make lemonade with the same ginger-lemon-raw honey concoction, with a little grapefruit. Great for pre- and post-yoga.
MULBERRIES Apparently have a high amount of protein for a fruit, as well as iron and vitamin C. I just really like to mix them in my granola.
GOJI BERRIES They’re toted as the ultimate healthy berry for body and brain. They’re not my personal favorite, but I think they’re good once they’ve been soaked in stuff like almond milk or yogurt.
SUPER COOKIES I totally admit these were kind of useless to buy, but I like having healthy snacks around to take with me when I’m on the go, and I was curious about these. I can report the Masala Chai are quite good, and I’m saving the Chocolate ones for an emergency. I don’t think I’d buy them again, though.
FUN FACT I was mostly motivated to place the iHerb order because I was out of raw cacao nibs, as Manfriend and I have them in our yogurt all the time. But I wasn’t paying attention and accidentally bought the Navitas raw cacao powder instead of the nibs. Whoops.
That’s how I ended up buying the raw cacao nibs from the Body&Fit Shop that Angel told me about, as well as the hemp seed and sunflower seeds.
I quite like the products in the Body&Fit Shop, they have quite a variety of good things! However, it’s a shame they could not live up to their Buy Before 22:00, Have It Delivered The Next Day Policy but I read on Twitter this is because they are currently getting CRAZY amounts of orders.
ARE YOU NEW TO SUPERFOODS? Here’s the deal. Don’t break your bank account or max out your mom’s creditcard to buy a bunch of weird things, hoping they are completely going to change your life.
Just pick one or two to try out and see if you like them. If I can recommend anything, it’s these:
(UNSCENTED) EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL Because it’s great for grilling vegetables and the best damn thing to put on your skin ever.
MACA POWDER. A hormone stabilizer and an energy/libido booster. Allegedly. Okay, totally. Pro tip: Less is more when you start out.
CHIA SEEDS. Because chia pudding is one of the coolest and most delicious things to eat, as mentioned above.
SPIRULINA. Seaweed powder that’s superhigh in protein, iodine and chlorofyl. I put it in smoothies, orange juice and whatever else I can find: I’ve come to really enjoy the taste.
If you want to try some new healthy foods, you can use my code EKE571 on iHerb for your first order to get a 5$ discount: I then too will get a 5$ discount on my next order. I hope that’s okay, iHerb is my favorite on-line health food store.
And there you have it, the latest additions to my superfood pantry.
I was thinking of maybe doing an article about Foods In My Fridge/Pantry, about the things I always have in the house (kind of like the Almost Daily Foods thing I did before), would you guys be into that?
Let me know. Or not. I’ll probably do it anyway. Ok bye!