15 Clean Eating Staples and Superfoods

So now that you know the basics of Clean Eating, I’m excited to share with you some of my favourite foods to add to your shopping list, with lots of amazing superfoods!  I know that you will end up incorporating many of these into your daily routine because they taste great and make you feel even better!

Almond Milk

Make sure to get unsweetened, and read the ingredients to make sure there’s no other added sweeteners.  Watch out for carrageenan, which can cause gastrointestinal inflammation.  Use in your smoothies and detox breakfast cereal.

Goji Beries

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Super high in antioxidants, goji berries are also high in betacarotene which helps promote healthy skin.  Sprinkle a few in your detox breakfast cereal or add to your green smoothie.

Raw Cacao Powder

Cacao

Not to be confused with cocoa, raw cacao is unprocessed and filled with lots of important minerals and enzymes, with no sugar or other additives. It’s an excellent source of magnesium, which has so many benefits!  I like to call it magic magnesium.  It’s a natural relaxant, helps with constipation, reduce PMS symptoms and muscle cramps.

Add raw cacao to chocolate smoothies.  Download my free Radiant Beauty Guide if you don’t already have it for the amazing Brains and Beauty Chocolate Smoothie.

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Hemp Hearts

A great source of complete protein, high in essential fatty acids, and rich in antioxidant Vitamin E.  Add to smoothies or in your salads.

Pumpkin Seeds

Very rich in zinc, an important mineral that many of us are deficient in.  It’s important for digestion, is anti-inflammatory, and detoxification of environmental toxins.  It’s also fantastic for your skin because it helps promote collagen formation, and helps with maintenance of the skin’s oil glands.

Eat with nuts for an afternoon snack or toss a handful into your salad.

Chia Seeds

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Besides being high in fibre, protein and calcium, chia seeds are also a fantastic source of healthy fats and magnesium.  And so easy to incorporate into your diet!  

Add to smoothies or applesauce  (organic and unsweetened of course), mix with fresh berries to make jam, or make chia pudding (recipe coming soon!).

Apple Cider Vinegar

Great to help with digestion, it helps increase your stomach acid which is required for digesting protein.

Use it in your salad dressings with extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil.

Avocados

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I always add add avocados to my green smoothies!  they are full of heart healthy monounsaturated fats that can actually help reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad stuff) and increase HDL cholesterol (the good stuff).  Also great to add to salads.  Studies show they enhance absorption of nutrients and antioxidants in the greens.

Coconut Oil

One of my favourite super foods, and also DIY beauty product ingredient (more on that in future posts).  It’s the only oil I use for cooking, because it can be heated to high temperatures without becoming rancid like most other oils when heated.  You can also add it to smoothies for an energy boost pre workout, or recovery post workout.

Lemons

Refreshing Ice Cold Water with Lemon ready to drink

Add lemon juice to your morning lemon water, or use in your salad dressings.

Kale

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I’m sure you’ve heard all about the amazing health benefits of kale.  In fact you may be sick of all the kale media hype.  But I assure  you, it truly lives up to it’s reputation. It’s one of the most nutrient dense foods out there, and is extremely high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and can help reduce cholesterol.

Great addition to salads and smoothies, or make some delicious kale chip treats (recipe coming soon!)

Organic Mixed Greens

Similar to kale, other greens like spinach and collard greens are very nutritionally dense, and full of minerals that alkalinize your body, making you less prone to cellular damage and disease. Greens are on the Dirty Dozen list, so make sure to buy organic.  Use in your salads and green smoothies.  

Purple Cabbage

A member of the cruciferous family, purple cabbage has anti-cancer properties, is rich in minerals, and high in Vitamins A, B and C.  It also helps promote heart health and improve brain function.  It’s a staple in my salads.  Besides being healthy and delicious, the purple adds a great punch of colour to your salads.  And pretty food always tastes so much better 🙂

Quinoa

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A great source of compete protein, meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids that your body can’t produce on it’s own and needs to take in through food.  Quinoa is great to add to salads or as a hot breakfast cereal.

Nutritional Yeast

Super healthy!  It’s a complete protein, and also contains all of the B Vitamins, great for increasing your energy.  Include in Delicious Dairy Free Pesto, add to salads, and my new favourite – add to air popped popcorn along with melted coconut oil and sea salt!

Please share your tips with the Radiant Health Revolution Community so that we can all learn something new!  Let us know your favourite healthy and superfood staples in the comments below, and how you incorporate them into your diet. Many thanks in advance.

With lots of love,

Leanne xox

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Comments

  1. Diane Weaver

    Happy to say I use almost all these super foods every day. Still have to try nutritional yeast. Will be looking for it!!

    • Thanks so much for the feedback Rosie! White vinegar is made from fermenting grain alcohol, and it contains yeast, which is not great, especially for those prone to candida and yeast infections. Apple cider vinegar on the other hand is made from fermenting apple cider, which has a lot of health benefits, some from the apple. Raw apple cider vinegar is also unrefined and contains the “mother” which includes beneficial enzymes and good bacteria. Hope that helps answer your question!

  2. I’ve been trying to “get healthy” (I know, a bit generic) and all the various seeds and grains with their impossible to pronounce names (I don’t even know how to pronounce “cacao” 🙂 ) makes for a bit of a barrier (although not a very big one) for me. This article makes the whole thing so simple and friendly, I feel like I could actually have a conversation about it. BTW, I especially liked the pix of the two items with the word balloons! 😀 Thanks for posting.

    • Thanks so much for the feedback Carl! Very much appreciated and glad you found it helpful. Hope you incorporate a couple of these into your daily routine :). Those word balloon pics are from my local bulk food store (Bulk Barn) where I buy lots of my staples and superfoods. I know they are so cute that I couldn’t help taking pictures of them 🙂

  3. Excellent list! I have recently made the switch to almond milk (from cows milk) but unfortunately, I can’t get the kids to do the same. I really missed cows milk to begin with but Almond Milk is starting to become more ‘normal’ for me now. Blueberries are another super food that we love in our house. Might have to try adding some raw cacao into our diet. Thanks for the great info!

    • Thanks Kimya!! I used to drink a lot of cow’s milk too, but almond milk is great once you get used to it. Blueberries are a great superfood! If you’re going to try raw cacao, add it to a smoothie with your blueberries. Delicious!

  4. Great roundup! I definitely want to try goji berries. Question – do you prefer almond milk to coconut milk? Do you have a recommended brand for almond milk? I’m not such a big fan of the options at the grocery store.

    • Thanks for the feedback and comment Rosanna! I personally prefer almond milk, but it’s more of a taste thing. I like Silk brand almond milk, unsweetened. It’s one of the only ones I’ve seen without carrageenan which I try to avoid. Even better is homemade almond milk! It’s super easy to make and you can’t beat the taste.

  5. Katie

    Thanks for the fab list of superfoods; I’m proud to say that I’ve just completed a 3 week detox and now incorporate most, if not all of these into my diet daily. I can’t believe I never did before the detox, I love the way they taste and I especially love the way they make me feel. This probably isn’t a new idea to most of you out there but it was for me and it was so yummy I feel the need to share it! Whenever I am making a recipe that requires a breadcrumb or crust, instead of using bread I use a food processor to finely chop up nuts (such as walnuts) and seeds (pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are great) and sprinkle the mixture on before baking. It turns golden just like a breadcrumb crust and has a gorgeous nutty texture and taste.
    Try it with chicken Kiev; stuff the chicken breast with a garlic butter (made with coconut oil of course) and then using spelt flour, a whisked egg and the nut/seed mix, coat the chicken just as you would with breadcrumbs and bake for around 30 mins until the chicken is cooked. Yum yum!

    • Katie, congratulations on the three week detox! That’s really amazing and I’m so happy to hear that you love the taste of all these superfoods, and that you can feel the difference. That’s what it’s all about 🙂 Thanks so much for the awesome tip! I’ve never tried chopped up nuts and seeds as a bread crumb substitute, but I will definitely try it out.

  6. I should definitely tried chia seeds, never did because I somehow thought you had to cook them.

    Instead of the cacao powder, I’d like to suggest cocoa beans: it’s my after-dinner go-to treat. They are a bit bitter when you first try them out, but you get quickly used to it, and the crunchiness is a plus. I just love them!

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