Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Where Do You Get Your Protein?

Our favorite question, right? The next time someone asks you, besides your usual answer of nuts, seeds, legumes and greens (did you know greens are 20% protein?!) you can tell them two new ones: chia seeds and spirulina.

One tablespoon of chia seeds is 2.7 grams of protein. I add two of them to my smoothies (they taste like nothing) and get more than 5 grams of protein right there. Then I add a tablespoon of spirulina, which has 5 grams all on it's own. That's more than 10 grams of protein in that one drink, before I add any fruits or greens! That rivals any commercial protein shakes that rely on casein (which The China Study links to cancer.)

Plus chia seeds reduce your cholesterol, provide wonderful Omega-3s and make you feel full. And spirulina is a great source of beta carotene and chlorophyll as well as lots of trace minerals and other vitamins. There are tons of other benefits that you can read about in the pantry.

I just got excited about this and wanted to share!


Kerri said...

Chia seeds are great - but what do you do when it grows on your chest from eating it and then you're just one more example of how far the Chia people will take this product.
Love you!

Guinnevere said...

Mallory- How are you doing? I've just read all of your posts from the beginning and you are an inspiration to me. I hope all is well with you since there's been no post since November.