Last year when I wrote about eating the sprouts off of my daughters’ Chia Pets (that’s a bad mommy!) I discovered a wealth of information about the powerful punch of nutrients that seeds can pack–for instance, did you know that the oil from chia seeds contains an extraordinarily high percentage (63 percent) of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid? Seeds are a great addition to your diet; here’s a quick seed summary from Delicious Living:
Chia: The seed of a South American plant related to mint contains phosphorous, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons mild-tasting chia over salads or rice. Soak 1 tablespoon in a glass of fruit juice for a chia fresca drink.
Flax: Also called linseed, flax hails from the same plant used to make linen. It contains fiber, omega-3s, lignan–a phytochemical that may reduce breast-cancer risk. The ground version is easier to digest so add 2 to 3 tablespoons nutty flax to oatmeal, smoothies, or muffin batter.
Hemp: Hemp is the only crop that is illegal to grow in the U.S. but legal to import. It contains protein and omega-6s and omega-3s in a ratio of 2.5 to 1, which may reduce cancer and heart-disease risk. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of these rich shelled seeds to trail mix, granola, or tabbouleh salad.
Pumpkin: Also called pepitas, seeds can be dried and roasted at home. Phytosterols–plant compounds that reduce cholesterol. Toss 1 ounce toasted seeds in salads three times per week.
More ways to use seeds:
Pumpkin Seed Crackle
Basil, Lime and Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Flax Seed Egg Replacement for Baking
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