Spirulina is one of my favorite superfoods. Dried spirulina contains 290 calories, 57.47 g protein, 7.7 g fat and 23.9 g carbohydrates per 100 g serving.
Spirulina is an algae (techincally a cyanobacteria) and boasts a ton of health promoting properties. Rich in chlorophyll, incredibly high in protein and essential amino acids, this algae comes out on top. With a naturally high iron content, it’s a great choice for vegetarians, vegans, or those with anemia and fatigue.
Spirulina is 65% protein and includes the essential fatty acid, gamma linolenic acid (GLA.) GLA has been touted for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains Omega 3, 6, and 9, B Vitamins, Vitamin E, potassium, calcium, zinc, sodium, and magnesium. Studies have shown that spirulina has 26x more calcium than your standard glass of milk. (Dried spirulina contains 120 mg calcium per 100 g serving.)
I’m not going to lie – when eaten alone, Spirulina tastes like pond scum which is precisely why I would never recommend taking it by the teaspoon. Instead, mix this beautiful blue-green algae into your favorite foods and smoothies for a powerful nutritional boost.
Chia seeds are another one of my favorite superfoods. Chia seeds are an excellent source of many nutrients and antioxidants. They are rich in polyunsaturated fats (especially Omega-3), fiber, calcium, magnesium, and manganese.
Omega-3 fats are important for optimal cognitive performance (the brain needs healthy fats to function) and reducing inflammation. Health fats can also help with reducing high cholesterol. Fiber is associated with regulating bowel functions and lowering cholesterol as well. Chia seeds boost about 10g of fiber for every 2 tablespoons. (That’s already 1/3 of your RDA of fiber!)
Fun fact? Chia seeds are a great egg replacement in recipes. For my raw and vegan friends, for each egg in a recipe substitute 1 tablespoon of chia soaked in 3 tablespoons of water. (Ex: 2 eggs would be equivalent to 2 tablespoons of chia seeds soaked in 6 tablespoons of water.) Use the seeds (and the water they soaked in) for the recipe.
Looking to reap the benefits of both? Try this amazing homemade guacamole with chia and spirulina!
Homemade Guacamole with Superfoods
- 2-3 Garlic Cloves, Peeled
- 2 Serrano chiles, Stems Removed
- 3 Ripe Avocados, Halved and Pitted
- 2-3 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro
- 1 Small White Onion, Finely Chopped
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 1 teaspoon Spirulina
- Flaky Sea Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
- Finely chop the garlic and chiles. Transfer to bowl.
- Using a spoon, scoop out the avocado into bowl with garlic and chiles. Mash with a fork or potato masher.
- Stir in cilantro and herbs.
- Add chia seeds and spirulina. Mix well.
- Add salt and lime juice to taste.
- Allow the chia seeds to expand by placing the guacamole (covered) in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from fridge, stir, and enjoy! Try pairing with flax chips, pita chips, or veggies.
Choose to Nourish,