This colorful Vanilla-Cinnamon Spirulina Chia Pudding is a quick and easy breakfast recipe. It’s packed with nutrients, but don’t worry – it’s still delicious.
This post is sponsored by NOW Foods. All opinions are my own.
Vanilla-Cinnamon Spirulina Chia Pudding is a super nutritional breakfast. Literally, because spirulina and chia seeds are superfoods! This pudding is also packed with 22 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, and a boat-load of powerful nutrients. It’s the best way you could start your day.
Let’s talk about what’s responsible for this recipe’s intense color. I think we’ve all been through the chia seed craze, but how much do you know about spirulina?
In addition to the gorgeous algae (yes, it’s actually algae) hue, spirulina is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s often referred to as the most nutrient dense food on the planet. It is so nutrient dense that NASA supplies astronauts with spirulina for space missions.
Spirulina is a complete plant protein. It’s also a source of essential fats, in particular gamma linolenic acid (GLA). It’s also packed with vitamins A, K, and E, free radical scavengers, calcium, chlorophyll, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, thiamin, zinc… shall I go on?
Bottom line: eat spirulina and you can be an astronaut. KIDDING! But you’ll look really smart when you tell your friends about all the good stuff your creepy green chia pudding is doing for your body!
One thing to note is the importance of buying a quality spirulina supplement. It’s ideal to choose a brand that tests to ensure low levels of heavy metals and bacterial contamination. Spirulina is, after all, algae. That’s why I only use NOW® Organic Spirulina. I’ve actually toured their facilities and had dinner next to their CEO. I trust them, and I’ve seen the quality testing with my own two eyes (you can’t trust anything these days… 🙄).
Do your homework. Know what you’re putting in your body. Quality is key.
In addition to the nutritional BOOM from spirulina, I added a plant-based, super-clean protein powder. That addition gave this pudding more stay-powder. It also made the texture more creamy. In the height of chia pudding’s popularity, I was always adding protein powder, pumpkin, sweet potato… anything to make it more creamy and less slimy. I’m sensitive to texture.
You’ll really love the warming cinnamon in this Vanilla-Cinnamon Spirulina Chia Pudding. Not only is cinnamon an a potent free radical neutralizer, but it also makes everything taste like dessert. If you’re nervous about the “healthy” spirulina taste, don’t skip that step.
Speaking of taste… if you aren’t familiar with spirulina or you’re trying to get
Vegas a kid to eat it, start with half a teaspoon first.
Vanilla-Cinnamon Spirulina Chia Pudding
Combine all ingredients in a cereal bowl. Stir and place in the refrigerator overnight, or at least 30 mins.
When ready to eat, stir and add more liquid if necessary.
Top with your favorite items. I used fresh figs, coconut, and tahini.
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 202 Calories from fat|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 7 g||11%|
|Saturated Fat 1 g||5%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 305 mg||13%|
|Carbohydrate 13 g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 7 g||28%|
|Sugars 3 g|
|Protein 22 g|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|
I’ve been really focusing on detoxifying, anti-inflammatory foods since having ACL surgery. Doc says I’m healing remarkably fast, and I swear nutrition has a lot to do with it!
Have you ever used spirulina?
Do you pay attention to where your food comes from?