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.
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.
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.
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?!
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?
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.)