What is 100% vegan but contains more protein than most meat? Spirulina!
Spirulina is rich in essential amino acids. Dry spirulina packs around 60g of protein per 100g, while the same amount of chicken gets you about 31g. Its protein content is on par with eggs, though spirulina contains significantly less cholesterol and a myriad of added benefits. This sustainable superfood is also loaded with antioxidants to combat free radicals!
Phycocyanin (the pigment that gives spirulina its blue-green color) and beta-carotene both exhibit antioxidant and inflammatory effects. Antioxidants are known to slow the progression of heart disease and brain degeneration. Spirulina has more beta-carotene than carrots and contains zeaxanthin, an antioxidant that plays a key role in maintaining eye health.
Add spirulina paste or powder to boost your protein and vitamin intake. When combined with other foods, spirulina will lend its vibrant green color but is essentially tasteless. So, you can level-up your favorite foods like bread, pasta, oatmeal, and smoothies without compromising flavor.