So now that you know the basics of Clean Eating, I’m excited to share with you some of my favourite foods to add to your shopping list, with lots of amazing superfoods! I know that you will end up incorporating many of these into your daily routine because they taste great and make you feel even better!
Make sure to get unsweetened, and read the ingredients to make sure there’s no other added sweeteners. Watch out for carrageenan, which can cause gastrointestinal inflammation. Use in your smoothies and chocolate mountain climbers breakfast cereal.
Raw Cacao Powder
Not to be confused with cocoa, raw cacao is unprocessed and filled with lots of important minerals and enzymes, with no sugar or other additives. It’s an excellent source of magnesium, which has so many benefits! I like to call it magic magnesium. It’s a natural relaxant, helps with constipation, reduce PMS symptoms and muscle cramps.
Add raw cacao to chocolate smoothies. Download my free Green Smoothies and Gratitude Guide if you don’t already have it for the amazing Chocolate Collagen Smoothie.
A great source of complete protein, high in essential fatty acids, and rich in antioxidant Vitamin E. Add to smoothies or in your salads.
Very rich in zinc, an important mineral that many of us are deficient in. It’s important for digestion, is anti-inflammatory, and detoxification of environmental toxins. It’s also fantastic for your skin because it helps promote collagen formation, and helps with maintenance of the skin’s oil glands.
Eat with nuts for an afternoon snack or toss a handful into your salad.
Besides being high in fibre, protein and calcium, chia seeds are also a fantastic source of healthy fats and magnesium. And so easy to incorporate into your diet!
Add to smoothies or applesauce (organic and unsweetened of course), mix with fresh berries to make jam, or make chia pudding (recipe coming soon!).
Apple Cider Vinegar
Great to help with digestion, it helps increase your stomach acid which is required for digesting protein.
Use it in your salad dressings with extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil.
I always add add avocados to my green smoothies! they are full of heart healthy monounsaturated fats that can actually help reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad stuff) and increase HDL cholesterol (the good stuff). Also great to add to salads. Studies show they enhance absorption of nutrients and antioxidants in the greens.
One of my favourite super foods, and also DIY beauty product ingredient (more on that in future posts). It’s the only oil I use for cooking, because it can be heated to high temperatures without becoming rancid like most other oils when heated. You can also add it to smoothies for an energy boost pre workout, or recovery post workout.
Add lemon juice to your morning lemon water, or use in your salad dressings.
I’m sure you’ve heard all about the amazing health benefits of kale. In fact you may be sick of all the kale media hype. But I assure you, it truly lives up to it’s reputation. It’s one of the most nutrient dense foods out there, and is extremely high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and can help reduce cholesterol.
Great addition to salads and smoothies, or make some delicious kale chip treats!
Organic Mixed Greens
Similar to kale, other greens like spinach and collard greens are very nutritionally dense, and full of minerals that alkalinize your body, making you less prone to cellular damage and disease. Greens are on the Dirty Dozen list, so make sure to buy organic. Use in your salads and green smoothies.
A member of the cruciferous family, purple cabbage has anti-cancer properties, is rich in minerals, and high in Vitamins A, B and C. It also helps promote heart health and improve brain function. It’s a staple in my salads. Besides being healthy and delicious, the purple adds a great punch of colour to your salads. And pretty food always tastes so much better 🙂
A great source of compete protein, meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids that your body can’t produce on it’s own and needs to take in through food. Quinoa is great to add to salads or as a hot breakfast cereal.
Super healthy! It’s a complete protein, and also contains all of the B Vitamins, great for increasing your energy. Include in Delicious Dairy Free Pesto, add to salads, and my new favourite – add to air popped popcorn along with melted coconut oil and sea salt!
Please share your tips with in the comments so that we can all learn something new! Let us know your favourite healthy and superfood staples in the comments below, and how you incorporate them into your diet. Many thanks in advance.
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About Leanne Weaver
Holistic Nutritionist & Founder of Radiant Botanics
Leanne is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Iridologist, Reiki Level 2 practitioner and wellness speaker and writer. She has spent 20 years in the corporate world as an engineer and project manager while pursuing her true passion—holistic wellness. What started as an interest in green smoothies and wellness turned into a dedicated, life-changing journey.
She is a First Class Honours graduate of the Toronto Institute of Holistic Nutrition and founder of Radiant Botanics, a line of chakra-based spiritual skincare that combines natural ingredients with intentional affirmations.
She desires to help people feel radically, radiantly healthier and happier.
Leanne resides in Mississauga, Ontario with her dog Bailey. They enjoy hiking on the weekends, kayaking, stand up paddling, and remaining present.