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5 Health Boosting Super Seeds!

Posted on July 14 2017

Not all seeds are meant to be sown. These tiny little powerhouses of nutrients are a must—have in your diet for magnanimous health benefits. Packed with fibres, protein and healthy fats, these seeds will provide you with a dietary edge like no other.

While there are many seeds, which when consumed have great health benefits, we selected the top 5 you just can’t ignore.

  • Chia Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Flax Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Sesame Seeds

Chia Seeds:

The fibre heavyweight champion of seeds serves up to 5 grams per serving (1 tbsp). They mingle with your digestive fluids to form a gel after swelling and that helps with several bodily functions like controlling blood sugar along with keeping your junk food cravings away. The Chia Seeds are also magnificent source of omega-3 fatty acids and plant based protein.

Seeded Tip: Chia Seeds are available in both black and white colours but have no demonstrated nutritional value difference!

We Suggest: Devour your Chia Seeds with cereal, yogurt, cottage cheese or salads. Chia Seeds are also used as an alternative to eggs for baking as they have binding properties.

Nutritional Value: 60 calorie, 3gm proteins, 3gm fat, 5gm carbs/tbsp.

Pumpkin Seeds:

While we are all aware of the nutritional benefits of the Pumpkin, very few are aware of the health benefits the seeds possess! Pumpkin Seeds are one of the highest providers of Iron, Magnesium, and Testosterone boosting Zinc (listen up boys!) and Vitamin K, which is very useful in preventing Type-2 Diabetes. Their high levels of unsaturated fats are known to keep your body up and running like new!

Seeded Tip: While people have Pumpkin Seeds roasted or raw, it is advisable to consume unsalted ones to keep your Sodium count in check!

We Suggest: Add your Pumpkin Seeds to your bowl of oatmeal, yogurt, soups, stir fry or salads as a garnishing. Grind them together and prepare unmatched coating for meats like chicken or tilapia.

Nutritional Value:47 calorie, 2gm protein, 4gm fat, 1.5gm carbs/tbsp.

 

Flax Seeds:

If you are looking to curb the formation of flab, Flax Seeds are possibly the best dietary addition to your life. Being a soluble fibre, Flax Seeds slow down digestion and that helps in the regulation of blood sugar and appetite. Flax Seeds are also one of the leading sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) which goes a long way in keeping your heart strong and young in the long run.

Seeded Tip: The Flax Seeds have a hard outer shell which acts as a barrier for our digestive tract to break through them. This is why it is suggested that Flax Seeds be ground before consumption to get the best of nutritional properties.

We Suggest: Mix some of that ground goodness into your cereal or a health shake you may have before working out.

Nutritional Value:37 calories, 1 gram protein, 3 grams fat, and 2 grams carbs/tbsp.

Sunflower Seeds:

While being heavy in nutrition, Sunflower Seeds are super light on your pocket. If budget dieting was a thing, Sunflower Seeds would be on top of the list! Along with unsaturated fats, the Sunflower Seeds are rich in minerals like magnesium, copper and manganese. Sunflower Seeds are also extremely rich in Vitamin E, which is helpful in reducing the risk of Cancer.

Seeded Tip: If controlling portions is a problem for you then you should opt for the unshelled Sunflower Seeds, where the act of shelling will slow down how much you consume!

We Suggest: Be it cereal, salads, yogurt or smoothies, the Sunflower Seeds are the burst of nutrition you need in them. They also go very well with dips and spreads like pesto.

Nutritional Value:51 calories, 2 grams protein, 4.5 grams fat, and 2 grams carbs/tbsp.

Sesame Seeds:

Sesame Seeds other than just making burgers look absolutely delicious are one of the top non-dairy sources of calcium. Say “Open Sesame” to a powerhouse of minerals like calcium which helps in muscle building and copper known for its benefits to your nervous system and energy production.

Seeded Tip: Lookout for the black Sesame Seeds as they have higher antioxidant properties that the beige ones. The pigment that gives them the dark hue is the one who lends them the higher antioxidant powers!

We Suggest:Asian food just gets better with the addition of Sesame Seeds. You can also give your roasted veggies, grilled Salmon and sautéed greens a rich texture.

Nutritional Value:51 calories, 2 grams protein, 4.5 grams fat, and 2 grams carbs/tbsp.

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