8 REASONS TO EAT SUPER SEEDS
They may be small but they are tiny powerhouses that deliver whopping amounts of protein, essential fatty acids, lots of minerals and add surprise to every dish. They pack such a punch and should be included in your daily diet.
All these wonderful seeds are full of antioxidants which are vital to our health and wellbeing. Antioxidants inhibit the chain reaction of oxidation and the production of free radicals. Antioxidants act like the terminator and stop that reaction in it’s tracks.
1. BUCKWHEAT SEEDS
Fabulous for your heart – these little triangular seeds that are actually a fruit. Buy a packet of Buckwheat flour and make THE most gluten-free delicious pancakes/blinis. These seeds are a good source of magnesium and just perfect for a healthy cardiovascular system.
2. CHIA SEEDS
Super for intestinal health and high in protein plus EXCELLENT source of omega-3 ALA. One of the nicest things about Chia seeds is that they deliver massive amounts of nutrients without the calories. They are loaded with antioxidants. Although tiny, they pack a powerful nutritional punch, in fact, Chia is the Mayan word for “strength”.
These tiny seeds are wonderful on a fruit-salad anytime but especially for breakfast. I realize there is a heap of sugar in fruit – yes wholefruits – but these do provide some protein as well.
Here is one of your richest sources of omega-3 fat. Don’t be confused about the two different names. North Americans use Flaxseed to describe flax when used for human consumption and Linseed to describe when it has been processed for industrial purposes.
4. PEPITA SEEDS
Pepitas are pumpkin seeds and provide a great source of iron, zinc and other minerals. Delicious sprinkled liberally on breakfast muesli and fruit – along with your Chia seeds and in trail-mix with some organic sultanas. They make a super twist when used on baked sweet potato.
5. POPPY SEEDS
Come from the beautiful opium poppy and are a rich source of calcium. They have been around since ancient times and you’ll often see them on baked goods. They are a good source of minerals like calcium, iron and zinc. Wonderful sprinkled on whole-wheat pancakes – gluten-free too if needs be!
6. QUINOA SEEDS
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) has as much iron as meat, plenty of protein, fiber and zinc as well as Vitamin B complex and E. Can be served in place of rice. If you cover with water for a few minutes before cooking it will remove any bitterness.
7. SESAME SEEDS
A valuable antioxidant and also good for keeping red blood cells healthy. They are full of calcium and have been adapted for many recipes. A familiar one is hummus, of which sesame seeds in the form of Tahini is the main ingredient. Use hummus for a wonderful dip with carrot, celery and cucumber sticks – yum!
8. SUNFLOWER SEEDS
Think Vincent Van Gogh and his famous painting of Sunflowers. These seeds are a good source of folate which helps repair our DNA and produce red blood cells. Also high in iron zinc and protein.
Sprinkle these seeds over hot or cold cereal each morning or over your salad at any time. Use them in sandwiches or wraps. Soak them overnight in water and use pureed in soups or thicken your casseroles. Alternatively you can grind them and make your own sunflower-seed butter.