My Top Ten Superfoods

by Gena on July 14, 2010

Thanks to everyone who commented yesterday. So much of my relationship with nutrition and health is founded upon having an open mind; without it, I would never have explored raw foods in the first place! And yet nothing irks me more than inflammatory or misleading health claims, be they conventional or alternative. Glad to hear your perspectives on the agave controversy and superfoods.

Writing about lucuma and maca has me thinking about the real superfoods: that is, foods that have a high phytonutrient content. Last night, I began a mental list of my top ten. Not supplements or fancy schmancy dried fruits, mind you: just the top ten nutrient dense foods that I rely on most to keep me going.

They are, in descending order of affection:

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Kale. It is my favorite food. Rich in calcium, iron, beta carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and antioxidants, kale is a king among vegetables. All hail.

2)

Avocados. I mean, how do I count the ways? I could talk about the folate, magnesium, potassium, Vitamin E, and polyunsaturated fats, not to mention the fiber. But let’s look at these magical fruits from a culinary angle. Avocados are also versatile, rich, and satisfying. And since they’re the stars of so many of my favorite dishes–chocomole, guac, pudding, and dressing, just to name a few–I’d be lost without them.

3)

I love winter squashes of all shapes and sizes. For a long time, butternut and acorn were my favorites. Acorn will always have a special place in my heart, since stuffed acorn squash was the first vegan thanskgiving meal I ever made for my mother and me. But lately, I’ve discovered the joys of kabocha squash, too, and life hasn’t been the same since. These naturally sweet and comforting vegetables are also rich in Vitamins A, C, potassium, fiber, manganese, and have trace amounts of other B-vitamins. They are, in short, as nutritious as they are flavorful.

4)

My favorite fruit. Without bananas, the infamous soft serve would never have been born. And without them, I don’t think I’d ever have been able to get cozy with smoothies. Bananas are famous for potassium, but they’re also excellent sources of Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. Most of all, they lend natural creaminess to raw smoothies, puddings, and desserts. They’re sweet and light, like all fruits, but they offer more density, heft, and satisfaction than some of their more watery fruit cousins. Best of all, they’re portable, and you can almost always find them when traveling.

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’ve never met a whole grain I didn’t like love. Whole grains provide us with countless minerals (especially selenium and manganese), and with fiber. They’re frequently rich in protein, too. Stellar sources of fiber (soluble and insoluble), they help to keep elimination regular and strong, and they also give comfort, satiety, and density to vegan meals. God bless ‘em.

6)

Where would I be without hummus? I don’t know. And what would I do if I couldn’t add chickpeas, navy beans, black beans, and lentils to my salads, soups, and spreads? Well, I know for a fact that I’d be missing out on a lot of protein, iron, fiber, and minerals–not to mention tastes and textures that I love. Thank goodness for legumes.

7)

If you haven’t heard it a million times before, I’ll say it again: hemp is a nutritional powerhouse. Hemp oil is a rich source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (aka, the “good” fats). Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids. And hemp proteins are similar to proteins found in the human body, which makes them easy to digest and assimilate quickly, so they’re a great alternative to whey and soy proteins, which are often heavily processed. I sprinkle hemp seeds on salad, enjoy hemp protein in smoothies, and use hemp butter in soups and dressings.

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I’ve heard that excessive carrot consumption can turn people orange. I’m still waiting for it to happen to me. I love carrots. They make for easy, portable snacks, their juice is delicious in soups or with other vegetable juices, and hell, I just like the crunch.

9)

Almonds are most definitely my favorite nut. It’s not only because they’re high in protein and in Vitamin E, or because they’ve been linked to heart health, or because they have more calcium than any other nut. It’s just because I like the mellow flavor, the versatility, and the many gallons of almond milk I make in my kitchen each year.

10)

How is it that I didn’t taste a fresh young coconut until I was about twenty-six years old? Tragic. Thankfully, I’m making up for lost time, hacking open at least a coconut or two each weekend and feasting on them in soups, puddings, and salads. Coconut water, which I’ve written about many a time, is also quite dear to me. Young coconuts are great sources of calcium, magnesium, and potassium, and the medium chain triglycerides aid in metabolism regulation and muscle/tissue repair. There’s suggestive evidence that the fatty acids in coconut have antibacterial properties, too. Though it’s true that coconut fat is saturated, clinical evidence shows that the saturated fats don’t have the same impact on LDL cholesterol that saturated animal fats do. In short? Coconuts are where it’s at.

That was actually a really hard list to assemble. There are so many foods that I love! Runners up for the top ten spots included:

11: Broccoli
12: Tempeh
13: Sesame Seeds/Tahini
14: Blueberries (used to hate them!)
15: Flax seeds/flax oil

OK. Your turn. What are your favorite “super” foods, and why?

xo

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hannah July 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Great post. As usual, your photos leave me drooling. What is in the dish with the hemp topping? I’d like to replicate it ASAP.

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Gena July 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm

It’s my hempesan topping. It’s in the recipes!

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hannah July 15, 2010 at 8:55 am

Thanks! what is the sauce/dressing though?

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Gena July 20, 2010 at 6:31 am

I really don’t remember! Search for the hempesan in my recipes, and I’m sure the post will say.

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Mama Pea July 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm

I think you got all the winners in my book! I think spinach goes hand in hand with kale, so I won’t get nitpicky on that one. But what about dark chocolate?!

(and *cough, cough* coffee?)

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Gena July 14, 2010 at 8:47 pm

HA! Coffee WOULD make the list, but I don’t think it has enough phytonutrients. And chocolate is amazing, but probably not top 15 – top 20 for sure!

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Evelyn July 14, 2010 at 6:24 pm

You have a good list here. You listed some foods that I like..well love! :)

I’d have to say my very favorite of all time is the avocado. I don’t know what I’d do without it. It is simply a powerhouse.

Take care!
-Evelyn

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Ian July 14, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Where kale used to be my favorite green ever, it has been replaced by dandelion greens. They truly are my favorite and so versatile that they can replace or enhance the presence of my 2nd favorite: kale :)

All whole grains are deliciousness to me, but I think my personal favorite is spelt. Almonds are also my favorite nut (good to know about the calcium), and of all legumes, white beans and chick peas are my two favorites without which I could not thrive. Hummus is a mainstay in my life (made with almond butter, yum) and Tuscan beans and greens with cannelinis and dandelion greens, spiked with some carrot chunks is probably my any-time comfort food.

Hope I didn’t overwrite my welcome ;)

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Danielle (Runs on Green) July 14, 2010 at 6:34 pm

I completely agree with all your foods. Before I even scrolled down to see the list, I was thinking “Kale, kale, kale!” Lo and behold…it’s #1

I would also add sweet potatoes :D

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Ilana July 14, 2010 at 6:35 pm

love this list – most of my favorites. still haven’t tried hemp at home though. i love broccoli, kale, spinach, bananas, blueberries, flax, tahini, avocados, and carrots – i eat all of these on a daily basis for sure.

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Evan Thomas July 14, 2010 at 6:36 pm

I’m all for peanut butter. I’ve heard about how they’re hard to digest but honestly the combination of fat and flavor with a little protein and fiber is just too good.

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Juliane July 14, 2010 at 6:42 pm

I totally agree with most foods of your list. But where is cacao, dark chocolate? Best tasting medicine ever ;)

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hemp products July 14, 2010 at 6:48 pm

That hemp dish does look tasty.. I would not mind the recipe to that!

For those who are trying to eat better, give hemp a good look – you may be surprised by the facts.

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Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA July 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Great list! I love everything on here. And I also looove flax seeds, I think they’re delicious.

Kale would definitely be on my list, as would brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes.

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Andrea July 14, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Our top ten are almost identical! I would replace the winter squash with sweet potatoes (I hate opening winter squash) and I would replace the hemp seeds with dandelion greens (because I can’t find hemp seeds at the Whole Foods in Chicago).

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Heather (Heather's Dish) July 14, 2010 at 7:43 pm

i ADORE everything on here, but the thing i’m looking forward to MOST is winter squash! mmmmmmmmmm…kabocha in winter is mighty fine indeed :)

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Marina July 14, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I noticed you put tempeh on your list. I had assumed that all soy products were less than great for you, save for a little organic miso or soy sauce. Is tempeh different because it’s fermented? If so, I would love to start eating it!

as for the food list…i think it’s pretty much impossible for me to narrow it down. my likes go in phases- one month it’s spinach, the next it’s kale, the next all i want is cauliflower. go figure.

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Gena July 14, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Marina,

Why’d you make that assumption? Excessive consumption of processed soy foods isn’t great, and some women have good reason to avoid most soy. But non-GMO, organic tofu and tempeh are quite alright in healthy moderation.

G

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nelly July 14, 2010 at 8:27 pm

oh gena!!! what a perfect list…i wouldn’t change one thing…i love all of those, in that exact order…kale and avos are two ingredients i can’t live without…i would add seaweed (rich in vitamins and minerals that also include calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, iron and zinc. these are the edible ocean plants. they have vitamins such as vitamins c, niacin, bB1, B2, B6 and B12)…cherries (vitamin C, vitamin A, bioflavonoids, ellagic acid, perillyl, anthocyanins, melatonin)…

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Anonymous July 14, 2010 at 8:46 pm

raw cacao nibs I just love I will eat those straight from the bag sometimes mix it with goji berries and snack away.

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Dorry July 14, 2010 at 8:50 pm

This list should help people realize that eating raw is a delicious way to live! Very inspiring to me…

And avocados? I eat one a day!

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Kristina July 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm

…along with your Apple A Day??

:) I always think of you now when I eat an apple… XXO

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Kristina July 14, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I love all of these !!

another one?? DARK CHOCOLATE.

for real… ;)

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Ricki July 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Would life be worth living without chocolate? Barely. So I guess I have to put cacao nibs in there (chocolate in its whole food form). I love your list–kale tops my veggies, too–and love to eat everything on it (though haven’t yet been able to find kabocha squash–sniff boo hoo!) But I’m wondering about hummus. Not too be tooooo anal, but isn’t it technically a combination of foods? Of course, the chickpeas, as representatives of the legume family, are a great superfood, as is the tahini for the sesame seeds. And let’s not forget the garlic in there! :)

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Gena July 14, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Ah, but Ricki, I put LEGUMES in bold, not hummus! It was just representative :)

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Ange July 14, 2010 at 8:54 pm

What a great list! I would add Chia seeds to that list simply because I don’t have to grind them before eating and they provide all the benefits of flax seeds!

Oh..and my morning coffee!

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BroccoliHut July 14, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Great list! My list would definitely include hummus, tofu, sweet potatoes, and almonds.

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Pure2raw twins July 14, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Great list! Kale and collards, coconut, hemp, and avocados!! Oh and we love garbanzo beans!!!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 14, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I love ALL of these foods (except carrots). ;)

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Kenzie (Healthy Purpose) July 14, 2010 at 10:05 pm

oh you have some of my favorites on here! kale is my #1 too. i’ll be having 4 kale salads this week! avocados and bananas also make the top of my list :)

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Katie July 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm

This post is perfect. All of my favorite. The most delicious superfood is definitely the banana soft serve. It is much better than ice cream.

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Michelle July 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Great blog! You really make each one look so delicious….wish I could find a young coconut here in chilly Western Canada :)

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Serena July 14, 2010 at 11:11 pm

My excessive carrot consumption actually did begin to turn me orange. My mom looked at my feet and screamed, “Serena, what the hell happened to your toes!?” They were yellowy-orange… at that point I was eating up to three packs of baby carrots a week…maybe more! Since then the color has faded, but not my love of carrots.

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Marcia July 14, 2010 at 11:26 pm

kale, avocado, strawberries, bananas, hummus (anything with chickpeas, really), sunflower seed butter, lettuce, walnuts, fresh tomatoes in season, and fresh corn from the East Coast

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Nachos July 14, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Great post Gena… But I kept waiting for zucchini to come up and it didn’t!

Most of those things would be on my list too. I have found over the past few weeks I have been CRAVING kale. Sounds a bit CRAZY, I know.

Your list is pretty sound! All of those things would make it on to mine except hemp (can’t get it in Australia unless it’s in beauty products). I’d have to add savoury yeast flakes, raw cacao powder, olives & goji berries!

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Mel July 17, 2010 at 2:32 am

Yes, I’m also upset that we cannot buy hemp seeds for human consumption! We grow a lot of it and export it and there have been recommendation papers to change the legislation. Silly government. You can buy ‘cold pressed food grade hemp seed oil “for external use only” ‘ if you want to get around it.

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Nachos July 20, 2010 at 2:14 am

Ah, I didn’t know that. Thanks Mel!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) July 14, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Dang, Gena, you’re turning into a posting machine!! Is this 3 in 3 days? I am pleasantly surprised when I see new post from Gena each and every day the past few :)

You missed a fave of mine…NOOCH!
I love broccoli, brussels, cruciferous veggies in general.

Also, I’m with Mama Pea on the Coffee :) And I do like dark choc but coffee, have to have.

Oh and for me tomatoes, I eat one per day. Have to have them.

Carrots and turning people orange? I turned Skylar orange when she was 11 mos old…she was eating lots of carrots, sweet potatoes, squash and anything else I could whir in the Vita…well, she went for her 1 yr physical and her dr. asked me if I was feeding her lots of orange veggies? I said yes, why?! Well, b/c she looks orange to me! hah! It was a subtle orange I guess b/c I didnt notice it but apparently a trained eye did. So, there, Orange Person story for you!

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Tanya July 14, 2010 at 11:53 pm

I’m totally addicted to kale and broccoli :) I put them in everything. Great list! I’ve never tried hemp…if I can find it somewhere, I should give it a try. My husband eats like 10 carrots a day and he’s not orange, haha. I’m trying to eat more avocado these days, since I’ve tried to omit MOST fats from my diet.

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Katie July 15, 2010 at 1:34 am

I could have written this list. Except, I would take out the almonds, because I just don’t like em. I try to, but it doesn’t happen.

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Eimear Rose July 15, 2010 at 2:36 am

I can tell what my favourite superfoods are by looking at what I grow in my allotment, it’s nearly half kale, half winter squash…go figure! I love hemp too, both seeds and oil. I’m so glad hemp grows very well in the UK. I use it as a local olive oil. I have only just gotten to like avocados! I used to hate them. I eat everything in your top 10 quite regularly, except coconut, because it’s just not quite worth the air miles. For that reason, I don’t eat or buy ‘superfoods’ like lucuma, maca, goji etc. I love how your list is made up of easy to find, WHOLE foods! Thanks for being there to educate about good clean (tasty!) food:)

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Mikkan July 15, 2010 at 3:58 am

Oh, coldpressed coconut oil is my number one for sure, followed by rosehip, or the nordic orange as we call them here in Sweden. :)

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Steph July 15, 2010 at 4:50 am

Great List!! I would have to add apples as well. They rock my world.

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kate July 15, 2010 at 6:17 am

Hmm..it’s a tough one. I’d have to say avocados, hemp oil, virgin coconut oil, quinoa (I love, love, love the stuff), dulse, broccoli, watermelon (I know it’s got a high GI but still..), cucumbers, almonds, gomaisho (spirulina and sesame seed combined).. and I’ve already hit 10..
Also wanted to say how much I love your blog/ recipes/ posts – the whole lot! It’s such a delight to find a balanced raw/vegan blog that celebrates the eating of healthy fats…. I’ve recently started to eat a high raw diet and your blog and recipes has made the whole process easy, enjoyable, and, oh yes, tasty.

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Melissa July 15, 2010 at 6:27 am

Avocados, blueberries, almonds, kale, sweet potatoes, any other sweet winter squash, quinoa, hazelnut milk, raw ice cream(ha, but that’s not necessarily a super-food), dried mango, coconut (in all of its forms), cilantro (with sweet potatoes and coriander sprinkled over with EVOO is one of my staples), Asian greens (e.g., bok choy), hemp seed or almond butter, flax….I guess I second your list of foods. Thanks for your great posts! And if you are ever in London, I can totally be your foodie host.

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Melissa July 15, 2010 at 6:28 am

ah yes, I forgot to list Dulse. Yum!!

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Sarah July 15, 2010 at 7:46 am

Awesome post! I’m surprised zucchini isn’t among the top ones…

I would have to include apples, extra-virgin olive oil, dark chocolate, and cashews (love cashews) :)

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Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen July 15, 2010 at 7:52 am

Awesome list! Mine tends to change with the seasons. Right now, raspberries are topping mine as they grow like weeds around my cottage. Can’t get enough!

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Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 15, 2010 at 8:55 am

This is my perfect list!! I would say I eat lots of greens, avos, bananas, legumes, and whole grains everyday and of course, cacao nibs. :)

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Kathleen July 15, 2010 at 9:23 am

I’d have to say my favorite “superfoods” are broccoli, avocados, hemp, dark leafys (LOVE bok choy), berries of any kind, chia seeds (so I don’t have to grind the flax for my am smoothie!), and whatever bean and grain seem to be floating my boat (lately millet, amaranth, and pinto).

On the orange thing – it’s true! It’s actually called Carotenemia. It’s very common in infants but if you are eating high amounts of orange, yellow or even green vegetables high in beta carotene the excess of the vitamin that your body doesn’t convert into Vitamin A can show up as an orange, yellow hue. While the issue has been resolved, back when I was drinking a lot of vegetable juice with carrots and comforting myself with warm winter squashes and sweet potatoes on a daily basis, my hands were a very odd color! Beta Carotene overload! I’m very fair, however, so perhaps it was more obvious in my skin tone?

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delaney July 15, 2010 at 10:11 am

This is funny because my family is always commenting on that. They are all olive skin-toned and I’m fair. I thought I was just finally able to take a tan but nope… It’s the greens and carrots. Either way. I like it! But my hands do look funny sometimes.

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Jin July 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Im quite orange as I speak-my excessive love of kabocha during the fall switched to sweet potatoes in the winter and on to grapefruit,watermelon and now summer squash. Everything I like seem to be high in beta carotene! As much as I try to avoid them, I always end up thinking that being a little orange as opposed to having unhealthy habits trump everything!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 15, 2010 at 9:43 am

All hail kale!!! It might take my number one spot too…although I haven’t been eating much of it lately, ha!

Thanks for the list, Gena!

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scherrystarr July 15, 2010 at 10:01 am

Yay for young coconuts & hemp. The other choices left me scratching my head a bit. Cacao would be in my top five. Still haven’t look up David Favor’s story I see……

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delaney July 15, 2010 at 10:09 am

Good call on Kale, squash, avos, and bananas. I’d like to add spirulina. It’s weird but I love the taste. I love Nori, too. In a gushy avocado salad? DEE-lish!

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Lauren July 15, 2010 at 10:47 am

Ha, could of wrote this list myself! LOL! :) We share some of the same favorite..shocking! :)

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Christine (The Raw Project) July 15, 2010 at 10:55 am

Great list and so happy to see foods I eat daily on it! :-) Hemp, kale, spinach, tempeh, carrots, watermelon, tomatoes, garlic and ginger are just some of my super foods.

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Michelle (Raw Housewife) July 15, 2010 at 10:58 am

LOVE this list. Kale is #1 in my book too. I’d add chocolate, cilantro, green tea and mangos. Living in San Antonio (high hispanic population= high demand), I can buy mangos for 3/$1. We eat a couple a day.

Thanks again for an inspiring, yummy looking post!

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Angela July 15, 2010 at 11:12 am

As so many others pointed out, this list is practically perfect. Avocados, legumes and hummus are definitely tops on my list. All berries, most grains, but especially quinoa, sunflower seeds (and just seeds in general, pumpkin, chia, etc). And the list goes on. Love that you provided the health benefits or each. Definitely some surprises there!

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jenny (green food diaries) July 15, 2010 at 11:20 am

goodness i think you’ve pretty much named my top ten/fifteen as well, those seem like the staples that i always have/use. except hemp and coconut, i’m still pretty new to those (can’t ever find coconut near me). i can’t do bananas just yet (too sweet) but i used them daily when making sweet green smoothies. and we know how incredible they are with nut butter…

i’m with you on the carrot thing, sometimes i eat a pound of those things a day, especially when they are cooked and not raw… (like when i made carrot fries two days ago for the first time – oh god my carrot consumption is going to skyrocket). it’s one of those things i eat so much that i always buy organic.

im glad you mentioned tempeh… i want to sneak it into my meals as much as i can… i love flax oil too… i tried udo’s dha oil last month and i actually really like the taste. and tahini is the one seed butter i always have a jar of because i find it way more digestible than nut butters.

i’d like to add to my own list: spinach, simply because there are days when kale is too much roughage. also, apples, because they were what made me realize that fruit/food is amazing, when i was recovering from my eating disorder.

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Steph July 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

Kick ass list Gena!
Mine are; hemp (any seed), avocados, broccoli, parsley, mango, goji berries, sesame/tahini, zucchini, quinoa, literally any greens. Wow so hard to narrow it down!

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Diana (Soap & Chocolate) July 15, 2010 at 11:38 am

I will take it as a good sign that I totall drooled over this list of superfoods. I would be very happy with this as my own list, only coconut would get bumped to the top. Coconut is definitely my #1 fave superfood. If I were to add any to this list, I might need to squeeze in sweet potatoes and my dear love, EGGPLANT. I feel lucky that I genuinely love so many “super” foods! Now if only I didn’t also love some of the not-so-super foods…but hey it’s no fun to be perfect. :)

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Annie@stronghealthyfit July 15, 2010 at 11:47 am

Spinach, bananas, sweet potatoes, nuts, apples and carrots! And dark chocolate :-)

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LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils July 15, 2010 at 11:51 am

What a great list, and question! I’d have to add EVOO, red wine vinegar, cucumbers (!!), bok choy, tofu, and brussels. Oh and corn tortillas, even though I don’t know if it’s exactly a superfood, I just love them.

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LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils July 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm

OMG and GARLIC! Can’t believe I forgot that one hah.

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Christie July 15, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Sweet potatoes!

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Melissa @ Vegan CacaoBee July 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Love your blog! My favorites are cacao, blueberries, spinach, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, almonds, hummus, lentils, avocado and cinnamon.

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Christy (The Blissful Chef) July 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Yum yum yum I love these too! Beans in general are one of my fav superfoods, so much fiber and nutrients without any of the saturated fat!

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elizabeth July 15, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Nice to see a top ten superfoods list comprised of real foods. I’m a big fan of bee products, and I also like Brendan’s Vanilla Chai smoothie mix, but otherwise, my list is a real foods list too.

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Michal July 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I love this post! Your favorite “super foods” are similar to mine which are in no particular order…

tahini, bananas, tempeh, spinach, kale, almonds, oats, raw chocolate, baba ganouj (amazing stuff!)

ah… now i’m really hungry :) And I guarantee that i forgot at least a dozen or so.

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Rachel July 15, 2010 at 7:20 pm

my list is so similar to yours minus a few things i haven’t tried yet. i happen to love a lot of orange foods: mangos, carrots, and SWEET POTATO!! my mom tells me i’ll turn orange one day, i’m the palest thing ever and see no hint of orange. if i wake up looking like an over tanned jersey shore girl then i’ll try and tone it down.

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Stefania (Ingredients for Life) July 15, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Great list. Really great list. Love every food on your list. Love your sandwich idea. We use sweet potatoes instead of squash, cucumbers instead of zucchini and add some basil. It’s awesome and so filling.

Love your blog.

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Alexander July 15, 2010 at 11:58 pm

GINGER and GARLIC!!! :D :D :D

little vid incorporating simplicity:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZcwj4hoZqI

also

Maple Water is heavenly

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melissa July 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm

great post! my mom turned orange from carrots!

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Jamie July 24, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Hmm. I’m just gonna straight up say: Vegetables, grains, legumes, seeds, fruits, nuts, and more vegetables.
Because I love ‘em all.

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Lisa July 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm

This makes me happy, because although I neither vegan nor raw, I love all of these foods and eat them most of the time, with the exception of hemp and coconut. Not because I haven’t liked it when I’ve tried it, but just because I haven’t come across them much more than…coconut water, which is lovely.

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Julie @SavvyEats August 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm

I’ve never had young coconut, but it sounds delicious. I love all things coconut!

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Travis September 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm

1.marine phytoplankton – what all else derives from
2.Goji Berries- rich flavorful – been used in chinese medicine since forever, and is the root of their everything.
3.Maca
4. CoCao- chocolate but the nut from which it comes from – the most rich antioxidant food in the world
5.NONI
6.Bee pollon

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Gena September 19, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Travis, I think you may have missed the point :) But I appreciate your weighing in!

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Tina November 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I LOVE Chia seeds. They are so full of health benefits and make wonderful drinks and natural thickeners.

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