7 Superfoods that will Boost your Energy and Mood Naturally


Are you tired of the coffee crashes and 3pm afternoon slump? Trust me, I’ve been there. When I was working in Advertising, 3 cups of coffee a day just wasn’t cutting it.  I needed a clean, sustainable energy source that would nourish my cells on a deeper level, without the addiction or the crashes.  Something that would balance my mood and keep me alert and focused throughout the day.

After going though Nutrition School, luckily I found the answer. Superfoods. Yup, and I don’t just mean kale, blueberries, and wild Alaskan salmon. While those are great, I’m referring to delicious plant products that are vibrant, nutritionally rich foods that offer tremendous dietary and healing potential. Superfoods are basically foods that are much richer in vitamins, minerals, nutrients, electrolytes and phytonutrients, and are much lower in calories. Because of this, they nourish our bodies on a very deep level, and are naturally packed with energy and mood-enhancing benefits.

Here are my 7 favorite superfoods to boost your mood and energy levels: 




By far my favorite superfood, coined the “food of the Gods,” Cacao is harvested from an indigenous American jungle tree, is pure chocolate from the cacao bean (without the milk or sugar) and is one of highest anti-oxidant foods on the planet.  Raw chocolate improves cardiovascular health, builds strong bones, speeds our metabolism, is a natural aphrodisiac, elevates our mood and energy, and increases longevity.  2.5 TBSP of raw cacoa powder has 70% more magnesium, 85% more potassium, 20% more iron, 75% more fiber,  and 60X more antioxidants than 1 packed cup of spinach (Source: Navitas Naturals). I like to blend a TSP of cacao powder in my morning smoothie for a clean energy source that will last all day long. Try my LIV Superfood Power Protein smoothie.  Be careful not to overdo it – this stuff is strong!  My recommended daily consumption is 1 cacao bean per 17-22 pounds weight. 



Maca is an Incan Superfood, also referred to as “Peruvian ginseng.” Prized for it’s energy boosting properties, and also very beneficial for hormone balance and thyroid disorders.  Maca can be used for balancing hormones in both women and men, while also enhancing fertility. Use in moderation, as maca can be a strong energy and mood boosting superfood, while also enhancing strength and stamina. I typically add a teaspoon of maca powder to my morning smoothie or mixed in with homemade almond milk and hemp protein.




Goji berries are prized in Asian cultures as the “fountain of youth” berry. This berry is an “adaptogen,” a term used in the world of medicinal plants to describe a substance with a combination of therapeutic actions on the human body. An adaptogen invigorates and strengths the system, while helping the body to deal more easily with stress (Source: Superfoods by David Wolfe).  Because of this, goji berries have been known to harmonize the energy of the adrenals and kidneys, resulting in enhanced energy, stamina, strength, and longevity. I eat goji berries raw or add goji powder to smoothies to experience their many benefits.




Hemp  seed and oil is probably the oldest industry on the planet, going back more than ten thousand years. Hempseeds are packed with 33-37% pure digestible complete protein, with all of it’s original life-force energy and enzymes in tact (Source: Superfoods by David Wolfe).  Plus, they’re packed with monounsaturated omega 9 fatty acids which are considered a healthy energy source for brain function and a quality beautifying oil. I love this protein powder in my smoothies.  It’s easier for our bodies to digest and assimilate than other forms of protein, and I’ve found that it provides a clean sustainable energy source that lasts much longer.



Spirulina is a blue-green algae found in cold water lakes that is incredibly  high in protein and a great source of antioxidants, B-vitamins and valuable nutrients.  Because of the high concentration of protein and vitamins, Spirulina has been coined one of the most nutrient foods on the planet.  It is also incredibly high in chlorophyll, which cleanses our blood and strengthens our immune system. In addition, spirulina can power better workouts and is known to increase fat burning during exercise, while reducing oxidation which leads to muscle fatigue. A little goes a long way and because spirulina is so concentrated, chances are you’ll feel the energy and health benefits from a small amount. I add 3 tsp to my morning smoothie or consume 3-6 tablets a day if I’m on the go for an extra energy boost between meetings.




Chia seeds are a longevity food, often coined the “runners food” because of the long burning energy source it provides runners.  Chia seeds were an important food for the Mayansfor their ability to provide sustainable energy… in fact, chia is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” Loaded with protein, fiber, antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins – chia seeds have an important benefits for our brains and bodies. They areone of my favorite superfoods  and can be added to oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies or other wet foods. They expand so my recommendation is to soak them before for the best benefits and digestion.




Flax seeds and oil are one of the richest sources of Omega 3 fatty acids on the planet. Omega -3 fatty acids or “good fats” are critical for heart health and help fight inflammation, support brain function, energy production and more. Omega 3’s are also very important because they help to balance out the high percentage of Omega 6’s in our diet, which lead to inflammation and disease. Flax seed is also great for regularity and helping to keep our digestive system moving along. Eating in the morning is best, as I tend to find consuming at night may keep you awake longer.  I grind up 3 tablespoons of flax seed in my coffee grinder, and add to my protein smoothie or on top of my oatmeal every morning.

There are so many other incredible superfoods that you can add to your diet to boost your energy and mood levels, like coconut, bee products ( royal jelly, bee pollen and propolis), aloe vera, seaweed and more, but these are my top 7!



Benefits of Essential Oils | 5 Oils to Naturally Heal Yourself

I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs over the years. Who hasn’t?   Moments of extreme joy and happiness, peppered with moments of stress, despair, anxiety, depression and lack of motivation.  I truly believe life is geared that way, ebbing and flowing like a river, and teaching us valuable lessons along the way.  One day, I stumbled upon Essential Oils at a Wellness Event in Long Island, NY. The woman had a full spread of essential oils perfectly arranged in neat rows on a table. When I first approached the table, each bottle looked like a precious gem waiting to be unlocked.  I told her I had been stressed out from work lately, experiencing extreme anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Nothing had been working. She handed me the bottle of lavender and asked me to close my eyes and take three deep breaths. Almost instantly, it felt like I was transported to a beautiful lavender field in the South of France, and a feeling of relaxation and euphoria rushed over me.  After a few breaths, I opened my eyes and my stress and anxiety levels dissolved by almost by 80% (yes they're that effective).     She educated me that there were essential oils not only for stress and sleep,  but for mood elevation, energy, balance, digestion, immune support, hormonal balance, respiratory support and more.  Instantly I was hooked and bought 8 oils on the spot that day and couldn’t wait to tell my friends and family about these gifts from the earth.  


So you may be asking.... What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They act as the plant’s natural defense system, and simulate a similar response when we interact with them.  Scientifically, they trigger our olfactory nerve which is connected to our “emotional brain” and limbic system which controls heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, mood, stress, hormonal balance and more. Over time, essential oils can have  powerful a healing effect on us emotionally, mentally, and physically.  


So what are a few of my favorite oils that I can’t live without?

Here are my 5 favorite essential oils and their benefits to health and well-being:



As I mentioned above, this is one of the most well-known, versatile scents, and is known for stress and insomnia relief.  I carry a bottle around with me at all times to help combat the occasional stress we experience in everyday life.  I either inhale aromatically, massage into my temples, or add a few drops to my drinking water to reduce anxious feelings.  Lavender always helps to balance my mood, nerves, and anxiety. It's seriously a life-saver!  At night, I add a few drops to my diffuser, my pillow, and to the bottom of my feet to help me relax before bed and battle insomnia.  Lavender is also great to add to baths and is soothing and calming to skin.


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Peppermint is also a very popular oil with a lot of everyday uses.   I use this as a “tummy tamer” or to help quell digestive upset after a meal or if I feel queasy in the car. I either ingest a few drops in purified water, or rub a few drops onto my stomach.  I also diffuse peppermint in my office when I’m studying or writing – this is a great oil for energy and focus. Peppermint is also great to use topically for tired muscles or to massage into temples and neck after a long time concentrating on the computer. Lastly, this is refreshing tasting oil, and sometimes I’ll add to my LIV Superfood Power Protein Drink © | Healthy Smoothie  to add a subtle minty flavor.


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Lemon is a cleansing and uplifting oil. I often rub lemon onto my wrists early in the morning so that I can refer to it all day long. Especially during the colder winter months when seasonal depression disorder can set in, this fresh scent is sure to uplift you.  Lemon is also known to be a powerful cleaning agent. When I’m cleaning my kitchen, I add 10 drops of Lemon to a glass spray bottle with 8 ounces of purified water to create an all natural cleansing tonic. This oil cuts grease and grime, and is great for cabinets, stove, and countertops... and smells delightful (and its chemical free!).  Lastly, during the winter months, I combine lemon oil and fractionated coconut oil and massage into my nails and cuticles for a daily fingernail conditioning.

Wild Orange

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I call this oil “happiness in a bottle.”  The minute I spin the top off and take a whif, I am in heaven. Wild orange is an invigorating scent, helping to uplift our mind and body and battle depression.  For an energy boost, I mix 2 drops of Wild Orange with 2 drops of Peppermint. First I add the mixture to my hands and inhale deeply for three breaths.   Then I massage the oil mixture into the back of my neck to help invigorate my nervous system.  In addition, wild orange is a powerful cleanser and purifying agent.  Try diffusing it the morning for an uplifting fragrance to help purify the air. I also love diffusing this scent when I'm doing chores  around the house, or as a welcoming scent when guests are visiting.


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Wow I can’t say enough good things about Frankincense. This is coined the "king of oils" and is  a powerfully uplifting scent. I love using Frankincense in the morning to kick off the day on the right thought pattern, and is also extremely beneficial during times of meditation or prayer.  This is an oil I can’t live without when I’m battling the morning blues or afternoon slump. When my mind isn’t right or I'm experiencing a negative thought pattern, I’ll rub this oil into my temples, the bottom of my feet, or wrists and instantly feel the negativity melt away. Frankincense is also great for skin and can heal cuts and sores. Combine it with your favorite facial moisturizer for beautiful, radiant skin.

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