Healthy eating isn’t all about leafy greens and fresh fruit, and some of the best superfood staples are staples you probably already have. Pack your pantry with these 15 best superfoods, and you’ll be eating healthy even when you’re too busy to think about nutrition.
1. Chia Seeds
A plant-based protein powder that doubles as a superfood supplement (Vega One’s has alfalfa, spinach, broccoli and kale) is a must. Add it to smoothies, yogurt or homemade energy balls on days you’ll be very physically active (or on days you know you won’t be eating so healthy).
3. Wheat Germ
The minerals, fiber and protein in wheat germ make it perfect to add to smoothies, or to replace some of the flour in baked goods or breadings.
4. Bee Pollen
For a quick energy boost, mix bee pollen into smoothies or yogurt. They’re packed with amino acids and B vitamins, and can also be helpful in combatting seasonal allergies.
Having a hard time getting all your greens? This handy nutrient-dense powder has chlorophyll, protein, calcium and all the other goodies that leafy greens provide.
6. Goji Berries
Snack on a handful or prepare them in a soup, salad or baked good—either way, you’re getting all the essential amino acids, plus antioxidants, plant-based protein (more than any other fruit!), fiber and iron.
7. Coconut Oil
Who knew these tiny fish were packed with vitamin B12, omega-3s, protein and essential minerals? There’s low risk of contaminants like mercury, and they’re healthy for your heart, too.
9. Hemp Hearts
Omega-3-rich hemp hearts can be used just like sunflower seeds or pine nuts. Blend them in pesto, sprinkle on salads, or add to smoothies.
10. Flax Seeds
These add a nutty flavor to foods and provide iron, fiber and omega-3s. Make sure to grind them for optimal digestion and to release the oils inside the seed.
Raw honey is antiseptic and antibacterial, making it a good option to sweeten smoothies and cocktails, or even to use as a DIY face wash due to its acne-fighting properties. If you can track down a local version, a spoonful will help your body fight against plant allergens in your region. (Note: don’t give raw honey to children under 1.)
12. Maca Powder
Nutrient-rich maca root can help combat stress and fatigue, and its subtle butterscotch powder mixes beautifully into desserts and smoothies.
You know all about green tea’s benefits; this concentrated bright green powder contains 10x the nutrients of other teas. Use it as a facial treatment, or add it to smoothies or tea-flavored baked goods.
15. Raw Cacao Powder
Raw cacao powder takes the antioxidant power of dark chocolate up a notch—sprinkle it on yogurt, ice cream or use it to dust baked goods and energy balls. It’s also perfect for chocolate shakes, smoothies and smoothie bowls. Make sure to look for the raw stuff, and ensure it’s sustainably grown.13