Seeds are one of the strangest but extremely healthy foods that are rich in nutrition, fibres and proteins. Often, when we think of our diet plan or food intake, we pay little to no attention to the nutritional content of seeds and therefore, we fail to take advantage of them. The thing with most seeds is that they don’t add much to your calorie intake while still managing to satiate your hunger and provide you with the required nutrients. Now, that got you interested, right?
So, here are some seeds that you should munch on…
- Chia Seeds
The Chia seeds are packed with proteins and are great for vegetarians. They contain omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and soluble fibres. Many nutritionists also advise Chia seeds for weight loss. You can either eat them raw or grind them into powder and sprinkle over cereal, yogurt, rice or vegetables.
- Pumpkin Seeds
Did you know that the pumpkin seeds that you usually throw away while cooking are a rich source of Zinc and Magnesium? They are also great for your immune system as well as for improved heart and prostrate health. They offer protection against certain cancers too. You can eat them raw or roasted. They also go well with smoothies and yogurt, or can be sprinkled over salads, soups and cereals.
- Sesame Seeds
often find sesame seeds on breads and bagels, but you probably didn’t know that these tiny, delicate seeds come loaded with proteins and fibres, in addition to Vitamin B1 and Calcium. These antioxidant-rich seeds are quite easy to be added to your diet. Roasting and adding them to salads, breads and muffins, stir-fries, cereal etc. will give a slight crunch to your dishes while also elevating their nutritional value.
- Flax Seeds
Coming from a short two feet plant with beautiful blue flowers, the humble flax seed has a lot to offer. They contain Vitamin B1, omega 3 fatty acids and also fibres and proteins. Their great satiability value allows you to munch on them anytime you feel hungry. Like sesame seeds, you can add flax seeds to different dishes such as cereals, yogurt and salads. You can also add them to the water you drink!
- Quinoa Seeds
Quinoa seeds, pronounced as Keen-wah, was made famous by the Keto diet. Being a naturally gluten-free seed, Quinoa is best for gluten intolerant people. Also, with great antioxidant properties, this seed contributes to weight loss and detoxifies the body. It’s a seed that’s mainly consumed as a cereal and is becoming popular across the world due to its high nutritional composition including iron, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins, fibre and magnesium. You can make several dishes using Quinoa as the main ingredient.