When you have a bunch of items to tackle on your to-do-list or need a midday pick-me-up, try these 5 superfoods that will naturally boost your energy and flood your body with essential nutrients.
If you’re a chocolate lover, you’re already familiar with this popular superfood—when processed and combined with milk and sugar, cacao transforms into sweet chocolate candy bars. Raw cacao powder on its own though is super nourishing and is created by grinding up cacao (or cocoa) beans, which are native to the Americas, into a paste and then extracting the oils to make a fine powder. Not only does cacao contain the neurotransmitters dopamine and phenylethylamine (PEA), which will increase your energy and mental alertness, it’s also packed with fiber, sulphur, magnesium, and calcium.
Indigenous to Peru, this energy-boosting root vegetable is high in calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and vitamins E, C, B1, B2, and B12. For centuries, maca has been eaten to enhance energy and focus, in addition to balancing mood, regulating hormones, supporting the immune system, and acting as a natural aphrodisiac. Try adding this potent superfood to your diet with all three of the Philosophie superfood and protein powders, which you can blend into your smoothies, soups, and salad dressings.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae found in alkaline lakes that has been hailed for its healing properties and aids in detoxing the body, aiding in digestion, decreasing bad cholesterol levels, lowering blood pressure, and reducing the risk of depression, diabetes, and cancer. A nutritional powerhouse, spirulina is loaded with proteins, antioxidants, vitamin B-12, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, selenium, and chromium. As a great source of iron, it also helps fight fatigue and is highly concentrated with antioxidants (even more so than blueberries), which helps the body curb oxidative stress and increase energy levels. To incorporate spirulina into your diet, you can try taking it in tablet forms or as a powder.
The goji berry plant of Asia produces bright orange-red berries, which are also called wolfberries. For thousands of years, traditional Chinese medicine has used the nutrient-dense berries, which are high in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and iron and work to boost the immune system, increase brain function, and prevent heart disease. The berries, which are usually found in dried form and make a wonderful smoothie topping, contain B-complex vitamins, which are essential for converting food into energy.
Hundreds of years before chia pets were all over tv, the ancient Mayans and Aztecs grew these superfood seeds, which were a staple within their civilizations’ diets. The seeds have a mild, nutty taste and are loaded with protein, fiber, magnesium, and calcium. They aid in promoting healthy bones and minimizing the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Chia is an excellent source of long-lasting energy and is even the Mayan word for “strength.” Try soaking the seeds, blending them up, and mixing in cacao, dates, and almond milk for a nourishing pudding.
Sophie Jaffe is a certified Raw Food Nutritionist and Raw Food Chef. She’s a member of the Yoga Alliance as an advanced teacher and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer. After managing a raw-foods store in Los Angeles that specialized in group cleanses, she became dissatisfied with the “one size fits all” model of detox regimens and created her own company, Philosophie.
Since then, she has found great success and amazing results in providing personalized detox cleanses to a wide variety of clients, including George Clooney, Stacy Keibler, Gerard Butler and Billy Corgan. She has created several superfood products for use in supercharging every meal and two convenient, effective quick cleanses that can be delivered anywhere and utilized easily.
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