When I first started food blogging two years ago, the majority of my followers were health nuts like myself. At this point in time, I usually posted recipes that contained a vast amount of superfood health products that were: a) expensive, b) hard to find and c) unnecessary for optimal health.
Once I started telling more of my friends and family about my blog, I started to gather a following of people all looking for simple but delicious healthy recipes. All of a sudden, the majority of my followers were no longer ‘health nuts’, but people looking for nutritional and weight lose guidance. This group of people had no flipping clue what items like ‘bee pollen’ or ‘camu camu’ powder were. This is when I decided to get down to the basics of wholesome food and forget all the other additives.
To this day, the number one question I get asked is: “Is it expensive constantly buying specialty food products?”.
My answer is always “no”. If you chose to constantly buy items like spirulina, chlorella, maca, goji berries, mulberries, acai juice…. Yes! It will be expensive. That being said, I know which products are worth stocking up on and which ones are more a money grab. I should also note when you start investing in long term health by cutting back on red meat and alcohol, you will notice you’re saving a lot of money.
Here are the few products, I think, are worth investing your health in.
Loaded with omega-3-fatty acids, magnesium, calcium, protein and fibre, these little seeds are worth every cent. Chia Seeds make a wonderful breakfast pudding with plant milk and they also pair well with salads, soups, baking, and smoothies. You can find chia seeds at almost any regular grocery store these days for about $13.
Cacao (Raw Chocolate):
Possibly one of the best antioxidants on this planet, cacao is a must have in the kitchen. You can get cacao in many different forms including powder, nibs, beans, bars, and more. Personally I suggest either powder or nibs form. Cacao is so easy to throw into oatmeal, smoothies, cereal, or your baking! Cacao is high in natural caffeine, a wonderful mood stabilizer, and it has been proven to lower blood pressure. These are just a few of the benefits. Note: when purchasing dark chocolate, make sure the label says anywhere between 70-88+% cacao for the most benefits. You can find cacao at most higher end grocery stores for as low at $9.
I know quinoa is technically not a ‘superfood’, but it is pretty dang great for you! This complete protein is high in fibre, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, and calcium! You can enjoy quinoa on its own or in porridge, stews, salads, and soups! Quinoa can be found at almost any local grocery store for as low as $9.
I am not only talking about coconut milk, coconut water, shredded coconut, coconut flour, coconut flakes etc. I am also talking about coconut oil! I use coconut oil on a daily basis – even outside the kitchen! I use coconut oil on my eyelashes (for length and hydration). I use coconut oil as a body lotion. I use coconut oil as shaving cream. I blend coconut oil with my coffee sometimes! You name it, coconut oil does it. Coconut is filled with healthy fats, fibre, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, calcium, selenium, magnesium and phosphorous. I could go on. I really recommend investing in coconuts in all forms. For coconut oil you are looking at about $12 per small jar.
These four specialty items are always at the top of my grocery list. I do substitute my chia seeds with flax and hemp seeds sometimes. That being said, chia seeds have more useful properties. I also really enjoy the taste of Matcha – but this is not for everyone.
As for ‘non-specialty’ items, here is a small list of things I always keep stocked in the pantry as well:
- Buckwheat Groats
- Green Lentils
- Medjool Dates
- Chick Peas
- Black Beans
- Maple Syrup (the real stuff)
- Brown Rice.
If there is any superfoods you swear by, comment below. I would love to hear!
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