I want to preface this post by stating that all the following superfoods I am going to chat about have been either recommended by my Naturopath or at the very least, cleared and supported by her and my trainer.
Because of my autoimmune diseases, in particular my Celiac Disease, my nutrient absorption is less than ideal. There was so much damage done to my digestive lining that I need to support my diet with extra nutrition. I like to think of “Superfoods” as the Super Heros in my diet, as they pack a serious nutrition punch and enable my body to perform as well as it does!
The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. – Ann Wigmore
Much of my diet is focused on reducing inflammation in my body to alleviate my symptoms. This means that I follow a plant-based diet that is rich in nutrients and diversity. I do enjoy a little grass-fed and organic meat + fish as protein sources along with fermented tempeh and sprouted tofu. The superfoods that I take are geared towards inflammation reduction, hormone balancing and thyroid + gut support.
Read on for a summary of all the superfoods that I take everyday!
Collagen is a miracle building block for our bodies. It is essentially our bodies most abundant protein that is essential for optimal skin, nail, and hair growth along with supporting our gut health. It is important to note that collagen is not a complete protein as it only contains 3 out of the 9 essential amino acids. It is however a critical protein because it is the glue that holds our cells and tissues together. This is important for joint health and repairing damaged tummies. Interestingly, I have noticed that my body has become more efficient at recovering post work-out with collagen added into my diet.
I add my collagen into my coffee every morning along with my coconut yogurt to get a nice serving every day!
Maca is a root similar to the radish family. It is a plant that is native to peru and is used to support hormone function: it increases libido and regulates estrogen in women. It is also used to regulate energy and stamina. Maca is highly nutritious and each serving packs carbs, protein, fiber, vitamin C, copper, iron, potassium, vitamin B6 and manganese all into one little teaspoon. Maca is also rich in antioxidants such as glucosinolates and polyphenols.
Along with my collagen powder, maca powder finds a way into my coffee every morning…sneaky little super root powder that it is.
Alkaline Greens/Ultra Cleanse
Greens powders are great ways to sneak high quality vitamins and minerals into your diet. Many greens blends are rich in chlorophyll which aids in cleansing and support healthy immune and digestive functions. Greens are a valuable source of phytonutrients and contain a full range of essential amino acids. I love adding greens powder into my smoothies at seamlessly blends into the mixture and I know I am getting quality nutrients with every sip.
Talk about an antioxidant power house! Açai contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals and is a natural energy booster. Açai contains powerful anthocyanin and plant sterols which combat free radical damage in the body. Also, açai is known for boosting the radiance of one’s skin and contains powerful natural detox properties. I noticed boost to my skin’s glow and tone after a few weeks of adding this purple fruit into my diet. I am all about that #glow.
BCAAs are also known as branched chain amino acids and help with muscle recovery and growth. I look for ones with added electrolytes to keep me hydrated. I noticed a significant POSITIVE difference in my riding endurance at SoulCycle when I started drinking BCAAs during classes. The TONE BCAA+ from Tropeaka also has passionfruit, pomegranate, sea buckthorn and sea mineral complex for vitamin C levels, electrolytes and immune boosting properties. The coconut water powder in this blend helps to restore sodium and potassium levels after an intense sweat- perfect for SoulCycle!
Vegan Protein Powder
As I have mentioned before, protein is a key macronutrient for performance and health. It took a while to find a vegan protein powder that didn’t give me any digestive issues. I love the Vega Sport Protein, Tropeaka Lean and Botanica Health Perfect Protein. Vega Sport relies on pea protein along with alfalfa, pumpkin and sunflower seed proteins. Tropeaka uses pea, sprouted brown rice, maca, and sacha inchi for protein sources. Lastly, Botanica Health utilizes a blend of brown rice, quinoa and coconut proteins, all of which are sprouted for optimal digestion. I like to switch up my protein powders every few days (I have big stash at home!) so that I vary the micronutrients I get from my diet. It also prevents me from becoming bored.
This dark green powder is an algae. I know that is really not an appetizing word. And you know what, it smells like pond. I am really selling this one I know…I’m cool like that. Spirulina is packed with amazing qualities: it is rich in chlorophyl which helps remove toxins from the body; it is high in plant based protein; rich in iron and B-Vitamins; packed with powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidants; contains GLA and Omega 3 fatty acids; and vitamins A, C, D and E. WOW. A little goes along way and spirulina is a staple in my morning breakfast. I like to add it to a smoothie with banana, cinnamon, and vanilla protein powder as all of these help mask the pond-ish flavor.
So there you have it! All the superfoods I take!
I know it seems like a lot, because it is. There is no way around it. It takes a lot of help for this bod to function. But you know what? I am ok with it. We are blessed to live in an age with great research and resources available for us to use. Sure, it would be amazing to live a life with no health issues, no chronic illness, but it has shaped, coloured and diversified my life! It is all about your perspective.