Last night I went through my entire receipt file in order to make room for 2010′s receipts. I threw out everything I wouldn’t need to keep anymore but had to actually look over all the papers again in order to do this. (I have a pretty good habit of keeping receipts just in case I ever need to return anything.) Boy did I have A LOT for online superfood and supplement orders! And this was all actually pretty fun by the way – instead of saying to myself the whole time: “wow I spend a lot of money on food” I said: “wow I am so grateful to be able to treat myself to all this amazing food so often!”)
What I noticed was that there were some items I bought just once and never bought again. This is because I like to try things out at least once if they seem like a good idea. Other items I saw come up month after month in the receipts (or perhaps every other month). So there was definitely a pattern of mainstay superfood staples :-) Today, I thought it would be fun to list out all of my personal favorite raw products of 2009 and going into 2010. Maybe you’ll agree or find a new favorite yourself!
1) Cacao: Especially cacao nibs and powder. I rarely spend money on raw chocolate bars but when I do it’s always Sacred Heart. Those are my absolute favorite! I use cacao in smoothies, desserts, quick snacks, hot chocolate in the winter, you name it! Dates mushed with nibs are the simplest of treats! (I also like to make my own chocolate.)
2) Sun Warrior Protein. I know I’ve blogged on my fitness challenges a lot so far but this raw protein powder has been amazing for me. I feel like it really sustains me and helps me put on the muscle I’m working on right now. I’m not going to lie to you – it makes your smoothies taste a bit “altered” to say the least, but you can mask up the slightly chalky taste with fruit, goji berries, vanilla stevia, cacao, etc.
3) Nori Sheets. I have been eating A LOT of nori lately! I love it as a snack with some raw cashew cheeze rolled up in it, I love it as an entree with some sprouts, avocado, bell pepper, cucumber, and Braggs in it, and I love it as a late night snack with some Braggs sprayed on it. I get 100 sheets at a time and go through that in a month – no problem.
4) Spirulina. Maybe because I’m half Mexican and heritage is thus Aztec or Mayan, I LOVE spirulina. I love it poured (yes poured) over my salads with some salt, over diced cucumber and/or bell pepper with some salt, or mixed with some hemp seeds and bee pollen as a protein and enzyme rich snack. I can’t be without my spirulina! (It’s also really good in smoothies!)
5) Chia Seeds. I’ve been eating Chia seeds more than hemp seeds lately. I get a little bowl and mix in some powders like maca or cacao or lucuma, with a little agave, mix it up and eat it just like that! I also will add some of the gel to my smoothies and even my water for the extra hydration. When you add two cups of warm water to just 1/3 a cup of chia seeds, you have a weeks supply of chia pudding snacks pretty much – about 3 cups – a little goes a LONG way with Chia :)
6) Vitamineral Green. This will be my super green food powder forever I think. I was “raw food born and raised” on it so I just love the taste! I add heaping tablespoons to my post workout superfood smoothies and anywhere else I think I can sneak it in for the added nutrition and mineralization.
7) Greener Grasses. This is another product by Healthforce Nutritionals. I’ve linked it up at least a dozen times on this blog before because I honestly love it and use it all the time as a green juice legal-cheat. I just add two tablespoons to a 16 oz jar of cold water, shake it up, and drink it down (almost) everyday and I don’t feel so bad if I didn’t make it out to the juice bar that day :)
8) Marine Phytoplankton. I’ve blogged about this one before. It’s still my go-to supplement in the morning when I need a pick me up or any other time during the day for that matter when I’m feeling an energetically low. Learn about it here. Try it out for yourself here or here if you join Earthshiftproducts.com (a wholesale superfood club that totally rocks!)
9) Omica’s Ionic Minerals and Fulvic Acid. Maybe you saw the post I did on this super supplement a week or two ago, if not here it is again. I love how good this makes my water taste and go down. The ionic minerals and fulvic acid are almost a bonus to me. I just reordered some two days ago :)
10) Colostrum. Raw Vegan controversy alert! j/k But seriously, this is a non-vegan, totally raw, product I’ve added into my diet relatively recently and I LOVE it. Too bad it’s pretty pricey but this is a superfood unlike any I’ve tried before. I could live on this stuff (and I did for a day or two a week ago because it’s all I wanted to eat.) Before you nay it, download the audio on this site and hear for yourself why so many are trying and getting hooked on colostrum.
Now every time I make an online superfood order, I’m pretty much always tempted by all those other fun raw foods, crackers, cookies, spreads, bars, etc. What to do? My advice is to treat yourself to one or two extra goodies each time you make an online order if you really want to (because it won’t cost much more or anything for the shipping). But invest in good food processor, blender, and/or dehydrator so you can make them yourself after that. That will save you a lot of money (and heavy caloric raw food in your belly). I also ask myself: “If I tried to make this spread/cookie/bread myself tonight, would I even eat it?” Usually my answer is no. I like to keep it relatively simple with smoothies, salads, and a few handful of superfoods and super supplements. Spreads and weird nut butters usually don’t fit into my daily meals. I think it’s just the packaging that attracts me a lot of the time… Can anyone relate to this?
Question for you: What have been your favorite superfoods in 2009? And have you tried colostrum yet?