Do you think (like my dad) that seeds are just for birds? If you do then you have to rethink. It is very lucky for us that seeds are making a comeback in our daily food intake. They are packed with essential nutrients and antioxidants.
The easiest way to get the most out of seeds is to throw them into a shake or on top of a salad. Find out which seeds you should be eating to get more fibre, omega-3s, protein, plus more.
Eating flaxseed is an easy way to get omega-3s, antioxidants, and fibre into every meal. Flaxseed helps to lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure and also makes your digestion regular. There are some early studies that indicate they may even have a role in preventing breast cancer.
I roast my pumpkins seeds at 180° C for 5 minutes stirring every now and then; they get a lovely nutty flavor and are perfect to sprinkle on top of your salad to make it extra tasty. Pumpkin seeds help to lower cholesterol and are a good source of protein, fibre, potassium, and magnesium.
The most common place that you’ll come across sesame seeds are on hamburger buns and bagels — and there are good reasons why we shouldn’t eat those foods as we know. Skip the bread and incorporate sesame seeds into your dinner as a coating for your chicken breast or tuna.
The seeds are a great source of calcium (one tablespoon of sesame seeds contains 90 milligrams of calcium); they’re also rich in other minerals like magnesium and copper.
These seeds, which have a nutty pleasant taste, are high in antioxidants, rich in minerals, high in fibre and contain generous amounts of omega 3 fatty acids. They have been used as an important part of Central and South American cultures for thousands of years.
Interest in these seeds and the health benefits they offer have extremely risen in recent years.
Chia seeds are a great addition to any way of eating. One tablespoon of chia seeds contains six grams of fibre, two grams of protein, 90 milligrams of calcium, and 2.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. You can always throw chia seeds into your morning shake or in your scrambled eggs for breakfast.
There’s nothing like popping open a sunflower seed and eating it straight away, especially when you consider how high they are in vitamin E, manganese, and vitamin B1. Next time you go to the movies buy some sunflower seeds and enjoy a super healthy snack.