38 Super Foods I Always Purchase

38 Super Foods I Always Purchase

fruit and vegetablesI call these super foods, because they are super.  Super good for your health.  These are foods that are always in my house, some more than others, because I like to eat certain foods when they are in season.

These foods are very healthy and packed with lots of goodness.   I guess it depends on who you’re asking.  Let’s not waste anymore time.  Here’s the list:


  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Grapes
  • Tomatoes (sundried)
  • Avocados
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Olives
  • Mangoes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Zucchini


  • Green leafy vegetables (kale, collard, turnip tops, broccoli, spinach)
  • Artichoke
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Mixed Lettuces for salads


  • Black beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Variety of dried beans
  • Soy foods (tofu, tempeh, miso)

Whole Grains

  • Brown Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Oat Groats
  • Multi-grain Cereals (hot)
  • Whole Wheat Couscous

Nuts, Seeds and Butters

  • Walnuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Flaxseeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Seasame
  • Peanut butter
  • Tahini
  • Almonds


  • Fresh mushrooms
  • Dried mushrooms
  • Sea Vegetables (Kelp, Wakame, Kombu)

Question:  Do you see any of your super foods on this list?  Do share!


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  1. Ifasayo says:

    What do you think about things like kelp granules? Is it that same. I was thinking of how exactly to best add the sea veggies to replace the salt, but I wanted to ask the Guru first. 😉

    • Hey Lady!

      Glad to see you!

      It’s not the same as having the actual sea vegetable, but it serves the same purpose. You can purchase kelp/dulse from the a natural food store and yes, use it as a substitute for salt. I don’t think it’s very salty though, more like fishy, but it is high in iodine. They come in little bottles (red, green) like salt/spices, so you can sprinkle a little on your food.

      Guru, thanks for that, but I haven’t arrived there yet. I appreciate it though! 🙂

      Have a wonderful week!


  2. ElleX says:

    In addition to many of your items, I keep parsley, kiwi, and spirulina in my house. (I haven’t tried sea vegetables yet but they are on my list to try this year!)

  3. Ann says:

    Hi again Evelyn,
    Hope your holidays were fabulous. We started a gluten free diet beginning this month (not so much a resolution but more health concerns). We’ve added tons of veggies, fruits and nuts. Our newest love is kale. Cook it like regular greens, it’s kinda sweet. And pomegranate – our neighbors had several trees and they don’t like them. Great with a salad.

  4. Patricia says:

    Hi Evelyn

    Always interesting to see people’s list of super-foods. Many of the foods on the list I eat and enjoy.

    Few I don’t choose to eat cos I don’t enjoy them and couple are eliminated from my diet due to a skin condition.

    However I make up for it with others I do add and as I am staying healthy reckon I must be doing something right 😉

    Patricia Perth Australia

  5. Johnny Palmer says:


    Just one thing to add – I eat canned beans and I have found that you can get certain brands that are really low in calories but give you plenty of energy, but some are very high in calories due to added sauces etc.

    Sweet list of foods though thanks – I find I have to limit the supplies of nuts around the house too otherwise I just eat them all day long and go overboard…

    • Hi Johnny,

      Thanks for sharing. I have canned beans too. I didn’t know about the high calorie due to added sauces. I don’t buy beans with sauces anyway, so I’m doing pretty good.

      Yeah, nuts can be an issue for most of us.

      Welcome and thanks for stopping by!

  6. Tamra says:

    Hi Evelyn,

    Lovely list you have here. I actually buy the majority of everything you have listed on a regular basis. With the EXCEPTION of: artichoke, tempeh, miso and turnips. Also I decreased my intake of tofu (believe it was affecting my TSH levels ~ not sure yet). I’ve never tried the oat groats – unless they’re like regular rolled oats. Yuk on the kelp (LOL) tastes too fishy for me BUT I do like Dulse (another sea veg).

    Thanks for sharing your list 🙂 Have a great day!!

    • Hey Tamra,


      Soy can have an effect on the TSH levels. Keep an eye on it, something that I know you are doing. I have miso and it has a long shelf-life, well fridge life. Sometimes I will use it for sauces and soups, still trying to learn how to use it.

      My neighbor gave me some Rutabaga tops on Monday..I prepared some on Tuesday, never had them before and they were pretty good. Taste kind of sweet with the collard texture, but more tender.

      I usually take the kelp in capsule form because of the fishy taste, add the contents of the capsule to a smoothie/salad, or add it to a recipe that I want to have the fishy taste (not-tuna pate). Hmm, you’re giving me an idea. Dulse is less fishy.

      Thanks for stopping by and you have a great day too! 😉

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