Eat more seeds!
Seeds contain all the starting materials necessary to develop into complex plants. Because of this, they are extremely nutritious.
Seeds are great sources of fiber. They also contain healthy monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and many important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
When consumed as part of a healthy diet, seeds can help reduce blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.
1. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are very similar to flaxseeds because they are also good sources of fiber and omega-3 fats, along with a number of other nutrients. Like flaxseeds, chia seeds also contain a number of important antioxidant polyphenols. Also they are able to absorb up to 10 times their weight in water. The high water content and fibre in chia seeds will also help you to feel full for longer.
Jam-packed with antioxidants, flax seeds are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is an important omega-3 fatty acid that can help reduce inflammation. However, the omega-3 fats are contained within the fibrous outer shell of the seed, which humans can’t digest easily. Therefore, if you want to increase your omega-3 levels, it’s best to eat flaxseeds that have been ground. We use ground in all our products 🙂
3. Pumpkin Seeds
Known as a rich source of magnesium, two tablespoons of pumpkin seeds contain about 25 per cent of the daily recommended dietary allowance. It is also exceptionally high in zinc to boost your body’s immune system. Pumpkin seeds are also said to be able to induce better sleep due to the presence of the amino acid tryptophan.
While quinoa often stands in for grains, it is in fact a type of seed. A popular superfood, its myriad health benefits like being rich in protein and antioxidants should come as no surprise. It’s also a great alternative to white rice due to its low glycemic index, meaning that it will not spike your blood sugar level quickly to stimulate hunger and contribute to weight gain. The versatility of quinoa also makes it easy to incorporate into your diet. Can be eaten for breakfast or dinner!
5. Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds contain a good amount of protein, rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, they are also good for your skin.