Not long ago, “superfoods” weren’t on my radar. I didn’t even know what the word meant. Perhaps foods that fly, wear capes and perform extraordinary acts of bravery?

Nahhhhh … superfoods are foods that are considered exceptional for our health! Superfoods boast numerous health benefits, but you may not have heard of them before. Here’s a cheat sheet introduction to 5 superfoods I incorporate into my diet every week.

1. Chia Seeds

Get ready to get to know chia seeds; you’re going to find them indispensable soon! They are rich in fiber, helping everything flow agreeably through your digestive tract. One 28-gram serving of chia seeds has 4.4 grams of protein, nearly 10% of your recommended daily value. Vegans, eat your hearts out on this plant-based source! Chia is a powerhouse in a tiny package.
Perfect addition to smoothies, added to overnight oats or used as a vegan egg substitute.

Chia egg substitute: Mix 1 tablespoon chia seeds with 3 tablespoons water. Allow to gel and use as a replacement for eggs when baking.

2. Hemp Hearts

Hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds) are rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) and other polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Packed with Vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron and zinc, the gamut of health benefits include weight loss; increased and sustained energy; reduced inflammation; improved circulation, immune function and natural blood sugar control. They are great in a smoothie, sprinkled over avocado toast and added to overnight oat.

3. Acai Berry

Acai berries are comprised of antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats, which strengthen immune functions, nourish skin and boost energy. I love it in smoothies—just blend 2 tablespoons of acai berry powder with 4 frozen bananas and a splash of water!

4. Spirulina

Spirulina is a complete protein source, making it a great addition to anyone’s diet. These algae’s high gamma linoleic acid levels help lower inflammation. Spirulina has also been linked to an increase in fat metabolism during exercise. It comes in tablet form, making it a super easy add-in to your diet.

5. Cacao

Don’t you just love chocolate? I honestly don’t think I could live without it. Thankfully the chocolate we can find in our stores is actually a version of the highly nutritious superfood cacao. Chocolate is a processed type of cacao—which is delicious in raw form! Cacao is extremely high in antioxidants, your body’s best friend in fighting off free radicals (the things responsible for disease). It has also been known to improve cardiovascular health and reduce inflammation.

Several of my favorite dessert recipes that use this sensationally yummy superfood are featured in my Lifestyle Evolution bundle!