Kale is one for me. I eat it every day and feel like I wouldn't be as strong without it. I also need my two eggs yolks/day, and lately a pint of bone broth. I know it is mostly psychological and no doubt related to some fallacious magic-bullet idea. And I am of course not talking about the bulk of your diet: grass-fed beef, fish, etc..., but those extras that you have imbued with special powers. Others in my list (per day): handful of goji berries, .5 oz raw liver, dulse, 2 brazil nuts, tsp. chlorella, collards...
I am thinking of this because whenever I travel home for the holidays, I worry about how I am going to get these "necessities" in. I know someone who, like me, has a Vitamix blend for breakfast in the morning (mine contains everything except the bone broth that I have mentioned so far). She freezes individual portions and then overnight mails them to her destination so as to never be without. There is something both appalling and fascinating about this level of control and with the holidays coming it lead me to wonder if anyone else feels very attached to certain foods they feel they can't do without.
Incidentally, I feel exactly the same way about me exercise regimen and only a recent Mark's Daily Apple about taking a week off here and there has helped me let go of this. I shudder to think what deep psychological explanations there might be for this.
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Fresh oysters. I'm starting to feel like Johnny Seed-Oyster on that subject these days. The food that is also a vitamin and mineral supplement.
Beyond that, almost anything that's local is a superfood, preferably fresh and wild. Any vaccinum family berry. Whatever seafood is in season. Dug some excellent clams Friday night. The freezer is full of wild coho and sockeye salmon to last the winter. Roasted hazelnuts mixed with dried cherries.
Totally fascinating question. I definitely "need" my daily spinach and kale salad. To the point where even if I've been eating like crap, having a spinach and kale salad magically makes everything better by sort of canceling out all the bad stuff. Hellooo. Can we say therapy?
Avocado has been doing wonders for me...1/2 to 1 full per day. I've been able to sleep better, keep energy up, get a little more regular and, of course, stay fuller for longer. Yay?!
CLO + High Vitamin Butter Oil.
Avocado, bacon, sardines, apples, broth based soups, and a wide variety of veggies including fermented. I need to have a few servings of those things at least a few times a week.
Kale, 2 eggs, 2 raw nori sheets, coconut butter and although not daily, about 8 ounces of liver throughout the week every other week.
pop-eye was defintately onto something with the spinach by the sounds of things here!
also, coconut oil, sardines, and eggs.
I just feel so.... incomplete without them!
Kale, olive oil, eggs (specifically yolks), bivalves, and ginger. But I really have a number of 'superfoods' I don't go more than a week without eating, even in small quantities. (Like the bivalves--I get a couple pounds' worth of mussels or clams weekly, and though my family of four has to share them all I feel like it's totally worth eating only a few for the meal.)
I have heaps of superfoods I love, but I was reading through the GAPS protocols recently with the idea of healing ma gut in mind, saw bee pollen on the avoid list, and was like "oh heeeelll no that ain't going nowheres!" At this stage, the thought of giving up my half-teaspoons of almond butter dipped in bee pollen granules (which I have twice a day as a sort of delicious multi-vitamin) was off the cards no matter who-said-what-about-what-now. If you are not a strict GAPS-type paleo, and are bee-product friendly, this is a delectable must-try in my nompinion. :)
For me it was a small bunch of flat leaf parsley and a green smoothie. I felt like it made my skin glow and kept me regular.
Not a superfood, but I wont feel quite right if I don't eat fruit in a day. If I eat anything other than fruit for breakfast, I feel dehydrated and weighed-down.
Quinoa. Cooking it in rice cooker with a frozen handfull of kale and/or spinach or peas with a little bit of lemon juice and vegetable, chicken or beef stock to replace water in about a 2.5:1 quinoa to liquid ratio ratio.
I'd also steam salmon on the top of this since my rice cooker has a little steamer plate. Hard to find a good size rice cooker that has these. I lucked out at Bed Bath & Beyond years ago. I often place some spinach or kale under the salmon so the fish taste does not leak into the quinoa. I only leave the salmon in for 5-7 minutes and it comes out amazing.
That said, so far my super foods are: Quinoa, Salmon, Sardines, Oysters, Avocado, Spinach, Kale, Grass fed beef (for chili), Almond Butter, Kefir, Saurkraut, Pickles, Kombucha, Green Tea, Hot Peppers of any kind- although I need to see if they are often a cause of my stomach aches-just hard to give up.
My super foods change seasonally-- right now it's butternut squash roasted in brussel sprouts (with ham or BACON)-- I simply cannot get enough. I know they don't have anything special going for them, but the meal is so filling after a great workout!
Another one of my super foods is this sautee mix I do of kale, shave brussel sprouts, broccoli, hickory, and sunflower seeds. It is delicious and such a great way to get in all my greens :)!
This isn't really a food, but I couldn't live without my daily cod liver oil supp and mag cit. supp before bed. Both have helped in so many ways.