They may be little, but seeds actually have a whole lot of fantastic nutrition to offer. Always good to sprinkle on a large mixed salad or just simple snacks on their own, seeds are pretty super! So, let’s take a look into these puny powerhouses and find out which seeds are among the best for you to eat and why!
Hemp seeds have seen a steep rise in popularity for health-foodies and it’s easy to see why! Making up 44% of one seed, hemp oil is a very rich source of essential fatty acids and hemp protein (which is about 30% of a seed) provides the full set of essential amino acids. As if that wasn’t enough, shelled hemp seeds have a bunch of awesome antioxidants including vitamin E and lecithin!
To get these in your diet, why not add them to your morning smoothie or as a topping to your cereals, fruit salads or even in homemade energy bars! You can also eat them on their own when they are shelled for an amazing nutty flavour.
These distinctive flat, green seeds originate from South America and are part of the same plant family as Zucchini, cucumbers and melons. Pumpkin seeds are packing some pretty serious minerals including zinc, manganese and phosphorus, as well as being excellent sources of zinc and iron - just one 25g handful gives us a huge contribution of these, of which is important for our immune systems.
Try making a tasty “Pumpkin Pesto” by grinding pumpkin seeds with fresh garlic, parsley and cilantro or basil leaves. Mix with a little olive oil and lemon juice and you’re done! You can use this as a salad dressing, or try adding a spoon to cooked rice or quinoa.
Containing a good amount of omega-3 fats, flax seeds have a good part to play in keeping us feeling healthy and happy! Golden flax is usually the preferred choice for people because it also serves up a high amount of soluble fibre which is very useful in maintaining a healthy digestive system. What’s more, two tablespoons (around 30g) provide a good balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats.
To eat flaxseeds, they need to be ground down because they have a hard shell-like coating. Once ground down, they are perfect for adding to a super-smoothie or your morning granola.The above are just three examples – there are tons of other super seeds out there. Honourable mentions go to chia, sunflower and sesame!