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What are the Best Superfood Supplements?

People sometimes ask me, what is the best superfood or supplement your recommend? Or what do you think of this product or that product?

I always reply that nature didn’t create supplements, and that the best “supplements” you can take are fruits and vegetables.

As far as superfoods are concerned, my favorite “super-foods” are the following:

Green Smoothies. Nothing beats the nutritional value found in green smoothies. Who would have thought that fruits and greens could taste so good? For some sample recipes, sign up for your mini-course at: http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/greenforlife.html

Berries — Berries are so rich in anti-oxidants, they are a true anti-cancer food. The best are the wild varieties. Avoid big commercial strawberries, as those are laden with pesticides. Frozen wild berries are excellent and available in many grocery and health food stores.

Raw Soups — Raw soups are delicious blended concoctions using raw vegetables, juices, nuts and seeds and avocados. Here’s a good one to try:

Popeye Cream

1 large tomato, diced
1/2 orange or tangerine, juice of
4 cups of spinach
1/2 inch fresh ginger
2 green onions
1 avocados
1 pinch sea salt (optional)

Blend the tomato and orange juice, and then add the
spinach progressively. Blend with the other ingredients.
Add water only if necessary. This is a nice green soup!

If you’d like more, consult my book “Raw Soups, Salads & Smoothies” available at http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/starterkit.html

Cooked Greens — Other “super-foods” include all steamed greens, such as brocoli, chard, spinach, and especially kale (which is rich in tons of minerals). Some raw-foodists shun all cooked foods, but I personally enjoy eating lots of mineral-rich, lightly steamed greens.

Here’s an amazingly delicious, super-food soup:

Kale-Broccoli Soup

2 cups water
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
3 cups kale
3 cups broccoli stems*

The method for making this soup is very simple. First, you boil the ingredi-
ents in water for 5-8 minutes, or until they are tender, but still firm. Then
you blend everything in your Vita-Mix, including the cooking water. That
way, the nutrients are not lost in the water. The result is a surprisingly
tasty soup that doesn’t require any salt or seasoning.

* Broccoli stems are the “stalks” of broccoli. Instead of throwing them
away, you can make this soup.

In my opinion, if you spend money on expensive “superfood” powder, you are wasting your resources. Instead, learn to eat well and you’ll get all the nutrients you’ll possibly need, without ever needing to purchase overpriced powders that only benefit those who sell them.

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.