If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that these are all superfoods I use in my own recipes. I keep these staples stocked in my pantry and readily available for when I need them. They last a long time so they’re worth keeping on hand.
Except for the Raw Living Spirulina which I will explain down below.
If you know me well, you’ll also know that I am not a fan of powders because the majority out there are highly processed with little to no nutritional value. These are a complete waste of money, so opting for a raw alternative is your best option. Otherwise, they are useless.
When it comes to powders and specialty ingredients, I always select the highest grade possible and make sure it is raw or as close to raw as I can get. This way, I know that I’m still getting a good amount of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
I’ve done a ton of research over the past 8 years in sourcing reasonably priced raw superfoods for myself and my family and friends, so what I share with you is exactly the same as I would use for myself and recommend for loved ones.
10 superfoods to keep in your pantry
RAW LIVING SPIRULINA // This is the most powerful superfood you will ever consume. It’s full of life and loaded with living nutrients, vitamins and minerals to get your body on its way to healing. This is not one you would use in your recipe ingredients but you can add it to a smoothie or glass of coconut water. I would recommend using Harmless Harvest coconut water. It not only tastes better, it’s the best 100% coconut water out there aside from getting it straight from a young Thai coconut.
It’s my #1 recommended supplement for anyone looking to boost their body’s natural ability to heal. I would recommend using an ice cube tray to preserve it’s longevity.
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RAW SPIRULINA POWDER // This is the alternative to the raw living spirulina but in raw powder form and what I used to help my mom reverse her diabetes. Great for anyone who would prefers the powder over the wet stuff.
Personally, I prefer the raw living spirulina because it’s easier to consume and it doesn’t have a fishy odor like the powder. It’s also more potent and nutrient dense. However, the powder is still good and has a longer shelf life. It can last 2-3 years if stored properly. It’s also the least expensive out of the two.
RAW CRACKED-CELL CHLORELLA POWDER // Chlorella is extremely nutrient dense and works to detoxify and cleanse the body of toxins and heavy metals right alongside spirulina. It’s high in chlorophyll, antioxidants, and amino acids as well as protein and vitamin B12. All of which are essential for promoting optimal health.
Just like the spirulina powder, it does have a fishy kind of smell and is strong in taste so adding it to your green smoothies would be ideal. It will also go well in soup.
RAW MORINGA POWDER // This powerhouse superfood is known as the “miracle tree” and has been used for centuries as a medicinal treatment with it’s anti-fungal, antiviral, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties. Just like spirulina and chlorella, Moringa is great for diabetics and is also known to reverse iron deficiency.
Goes well in smoothies, salad dressings, sauces and soup.
RAW LUCUMA POWDER // This superfood powder is a must have pantry staple. Lucuma is an exotic Peruvian fruit known as the “Gold of the Incas.” It has a creamy citrus flavor with a hint of maple syrup and is known for regulating sugar levels, supporting heart health and comes packed with antioxidants and is high in beta-carotene.
It goes great in smoothies, puddings, ‘nice cream’, baking recipes and just about anything you want to add some sweetness too!
RAW MACA POWDER // Maca powder is among the most potent powerhouse superfoods you’ll want to add to your pantry list. It is known to deliver amazing health benefits that includes reducing chronic fatigue, fully supporting the endocrine system, increased stamina and energy, increased strength, muscle growth and is commonly used among athletes to boost athletic performance. It’s also commonly known to boost the libido (women and men) for anyone wanting that extra push! 😉
Goes great in smoothies, dressings, sauces or soup.
RAW CACAO POWDER // If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll want to make this one a permanent staple in your kitchen for sure! Cacao is what cocoa junk is made from before they highly process it with sugar and dairy.
It’s perfect for use in baking recipes, smoothies, puddings, chocolate nut milk and comes loaded with antioxidant power and healing properties that help lower blood pressure, reduces the risk of diabetes, supports brain and heart health, circulation and blood clot prevention.
RAW CACAO NIBS // Cacao nibs are what I like to add to my chocolate smoothie for an added chocolatey crunch. They’re sooo good and just like cacao, they’re extremely rich in flavonoids and antioxidants which are essential for a thriving mind and body. They go great in baking recipes or smoothies.
Don’t let these little nibs fool you though, they don’t just make for a delicious chocolate smoothie, they have tremendous power for curbing cravings, balancing stress levels, they’re anti-inflammatory and reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
RAW GOJI BERRIES // Goji berries are also another favorite and go great in salads which is how I typically like to eat them. I also like to add them to smoothies to add sweetness or as smoothie toppings.
They’re an excellent source of antioxidants and amazing for fighting off premature aging, supporting the immune system, preventing liver damage, improving symptoms of depression and anxiety, boosting sleep and supporting eye health among so much more. Definitely not one you want to do without.
DRIED ELDERBERRIES // You may have started hearing about elderberries at the beginning of covid when the elderberry craze exploded and people were clearing the shelves for what was left of elderberry supplements. And, with good reason. Elderberries come packed with some pretty potent health benefits but are most commonly known for supporting immunity and preventing cold and flu symptoms.
The difference between this superfood and the others on this list is that elderberries cannot be consumed raw. They must be cooked in order to reap the benefits. Consuming them raw can lead to nausea, diarrhea and vomiting because of the toxic chemicals lectin and cyanide which is why you’ll see them sold in the form of syrup, elixirs, gummies or tablets.
This is definitely one to keep on hand and take on the daily in syrup form. All you need is just 1 teaspoon a day. The syrup recipe is easy to make and will cost you much less buying the berries and making the syrup yourself versus buying it ready-made; but if you choose to buy it, make sure you get your money’s worth and not just a concoction of junk stuff. They can be very expensive but not always worth it.
The best one I’ve found out there has been from Back to the Basics Healing if you choose to buy instead of making it yourself. The only thing I don’t like about this one is that they use honey which isn’t vegan and is not good for children under 2. All you have to do is swap the honey for agave.
Honey contains toxic bacteria that may cause infant botulism, a serious form of food poisoning that can end in death.
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