There are seeds, and then there are Super Seeds! Tiny nutrient powerhouses that are packed with goodness promoting a range of health benefits. Sadly, seeds don’t often get enough attention compared to other superfoods. But as the saying goes “good things come in small sizes,” and in this case, it sure does.
Here is a list of 3 top seeds that are well worth adding to your pantry.
One of the most popular seeds today is chia seed. Originally grown in Mexico, the word chia in the Mayan Language means “strength.” The Aztec warriors ate chia seeds on a daily basis to give them high energy and endurance for running long distances or during battle.
Chia seeds promote healthy skin, support the heart and digestive system, and help build strong muscles and bones. They contain essential fatty acids, magnesium, niacin, Vitamins A, B, E, and D, and are a rich source of antioxidants.
One of the best things about Chia seeds is that they are a complete protein containing all the essential amino acids your body needs. They make a good post-workout drink when added to your smoothie helping to reduce inflammation and to aid in muscle repair and recovery.
Many people are too scared to touch hemp seed or hemp oil because of their name. Yes, it is part of the cannabis family, but no, it will not get you high, only healthy strong!
The only thing Hemp seeds are high in is protein. They are also abundant in minerals and omega 3 essential fatty acids. Hemp seeds can be eaten raw or soaked and are generally easy on the digestive system. They contain high amounts of vitamin E, which have been recommended to athletes to prevent oxidative damage caused by endurance exercises. You’ll also find plenty of magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, and sulfur.
While sunflower seeds don’t sound as fancy as hemp seed or chia seed, they made the list as they’re one of the most common seed variety found around the world. Like most seeds and nuts, sunflower seeds provide a healthy source of essential fatty acids, more specifically linoleic acid.
Sunflower seeds are very high in vitamin E, folate, thiamine, vitamin B6, phosphorous, selenium, and copper. They also contain higher amounts of phytosterols, which have been known to lower blood cholesterol levels.
Including Them In your Diet
Munching on a few nuts and seeds for a power snack during the day is a great healthy option and will provide you with energy, protein and plenty of minerals and vitamins.
You can sprinkle them on your morning cereal, toss them into a crunchy salad for lunch, or whip up into your smoothie or shake. Chia seeds make a wonderful morning pudding, just soak a couple of spoons overnight in a bowl of milk, coconut milk, juice, or yogurt!