CHIA SEEDS. Chia seeds are a powerful superfood once used as currency for their exceptional value. The Aztec warriors used this endurance seed, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein to run great distances. Studies show that eating chia seeds slows down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrate calories into simple sugars. Look for Salba Chia, the most nutritionally consistent and nutrient dense form of chia on the planet.
COCONUT OIL. Coconut oil is made of lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid found in mother’s milk that supports healthy metabolism as well as offering anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. The medium-chain fatty acids get used as energy rather than stored as fat in the body. Unlike other fats, extra virgin coconut oil is high in medium-chain fatty acids that help you lose weight, lower cholesterol, improve diabetic conditions, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
COCONUT SUGAR. Coconut sugar is made from the sap or nectar of the palm tree flower. The Food and Agriculture Organization has even named this sugar the world’s most sustainable sweetener. Measuring low on the glycemic index (35), it is also nutrient-rich—high in many vitamins and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and B vitamins. Coconut sugar is my favorite sweetener to use for any sugar substitute due to its taste and health properties. It’s also simple to swap into any recipes as it has a 1:1 ratio to regular sugar.
HEMP SEEDS. Hemp seeds were first used in China more than six thousand years ago as a staple food. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and protein, hemp seeds are considered a perfect food. This superfood is also rich in sulfur, known as the beauty mineral, as well as iron and vitamin E. I love throwing hemp seeds on top of salad, soups, cereals, even pasta for added nutrition, crunch, and nutty flavor.
QUINOA. Quinoa, an ancient grain considered sacred to the Incas for its exceptional nutritional value, was believed to increase the stamina of their warriors. Quinoa is considered a complete protein, which makes it a perfect food for vegans and those on a gluten-free diet! This superfood is also high in B vitamins. Quinoa is a great substitute for typical rice dishes and adds more versatility to the kitchen.