Seeds, seeds, seeds! It seems like so many people are adding seeds to their diets these days and for good reasons! Many seeds are packed with nutrients, vitamins, and fiber as well as crucial antioxidants. They’re easily placed in many recipes and don’t detract from the flavors you love so much! Below you’ll find info on our top three favorite seeds as well as what makes them so great. Try them out in your kitchen and let us know what you think!
Although the Mayans, Incans, and other ancient civilizations knew about the benefits of chia seeds long ago, healthy-conscious eaters have re-discovered them as a “super food.” They are easily eaten whole, have a very neutral flavor, and when they are put in water, they form a gelatinous coating around themselves which is thought to help slow down conversion of carbohydrates into sugar, making them great for people with diabetes. Add them to your baked goods, desserts, and milk shakes for added texture and healthy goodness!
Flax seeds are a boon to breakfast foods all around. The best way to ingest all of the nutrients in flax seeds is to grind them a coffee grinder. This tiny seed has been known to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of breast cancer due to high amounts of lignans. They have a very savory, nutty flavor and blend in well with oatmeal and pancakes. Grind em up and give em a go!
- Fiber (tons!)
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Hemp seeds are full of protein and are packed with myriad health benefits. They have specific anti-oxidants that help fight diseases such as Alzheimer’s and help lower cholesterol. You can purchase hemp seed hearts or buy them in their full seed form and add them on top of salads and in pasta sauces to reap their many rewards.
- Amino acids
- Zinc (boosts immune functions)
- Vitamin E