Woman with a green smoothie

Food trends come and go like lightning.

I bet you’ve tried your share of recipes or even raw superfoods that promise instant, radiant health and don’t really deliver.

We all have different biological structures, lifestyles, and habits, so there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for good nutrition.

However, there are some foods that really pack a punch in terms of nutrients and healing qualities.

I’m going to share with you a list of raw superfoods that improve physical health, energy levels and mood for almost everyone.

1. Maca: The Power Root of the Inca Warriors

A heap of maca powder

Maca was used in Peru for energy, strength, and immunity to disease, dating as far back as 3800 BC.

The root of the maca plant, a distant relative of broccoli and cabbage, is usually dried and ground into a powder.

The taste is earthy, and although it has a slightly bitter aftertaste, it always leaves me wanting more.

But I don’t just love it for the taste: I love it for the ever-growing list of its health benefits.

These include enhanced mood, energy, and feeling of being awake and alive, making it a great “jitter-free” alternative to coffee.

Maca is known to balance hormones, increase fertility, as well as boost digestion, metabolism, and the immune system.

It even helps the body adapt to stress, both physical and mental.

Plus, it’s an aphrodisiac.

Maca is an amazing supplement for your morning smoothie.

There are also many recipes that make use of its rich taste. Grab a maca chocolate bar or mix up a coconut maca mate tea, maca hot chocolate or maca coffee.

2. Acai: The Energy Berry of Brazil

Acai breakfast superfoods smoothies bowl with chia seeds bee pollen goji berry toppings and peanut butter. Overhead top view.

Coming from the hot tropics of Brazil, acai is used both for cooling and energy.

When I traveled through Brazil, I was taken by this berry both for its taste (somewhere between a blueberry and a grape but much stronger) and its refreshing, heat-relieving effects.

These berries were probably the only thing that kept me from melting away in the hot Rio de Janeiro sun!

Acai boasts an impressive chemical profile, containing more than 10 times the antioxidants of red grapes, as well as omega fatty acids and dietary fiber.

It’s an immune system booster, great for your heart and gives your skin a healthy glow.

Acai can usually only be found frozen or in juice in the US.

You can add it to a smoothie or enjoy it in an acai bowl. It’s a great meal for cleansing or detox, or just during hot weather.

3. Local Organic Fruits and Vegetables: Raw Superfoods Found Locally!

Farmer Market Place with raw superfoods

Never underestimate the power of local produce!

Fruits and vegetables start to lose their peak nutritional value as soon as they’re picked. Many vitamins even start to decay.

If you eat an apple that was shipped halfway across the world, it’s not the same fruit as the Macintosh your local farmer picked this morning.

Fresh, living organic food supports a lively and energetic body.

According to certain streams of Eastern thought, these delicious foods have more of the life energy that’s called chi in Chinese medicine or prana in Indian Ayurveda.

Taking a page from traditional medicine, you need this life force in your diet as much as the right balance of proteins and carbohydrates.

So check out what’s at the farmer’s market!

You’ll put some spring in your step from the fresh vitality of local produce and from supporting your local economy.

Conclusion

These are my top raw superfoods, but don’t take my word for it. Try them yourself and see how you feel.

I recommend starting the day with a superfood smoothie, drinking it first thing in the morning. It’s best not to eat for at least an hour afterward.

You might find that you don’t need stimulants like caffeine to get you going anymore, and unlike coffee, they can keep you shining all day.

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