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5 Seeds to Add to your Diet

August 13, 2013

These are the 5 seeds that I eat almost every day, at least 2 of them. I mix them in my smoothies, add them to cereals, salads and baked goods or eat them as is. You can even use them instead of breadcrumbs.

Like their sibling the nuts, seeds are full of protein, healthy fats, fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Their tiny size makes them easy to add to meals.

5 seeds to ad to your diet

1. Chia

These neutral-tasting seeds of the Aztecs are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and are packed with protein and fibre. You can even make pudding from it with your favourite nut milk, (recipe here) or if you are a vegan, use it as an egg replacement. It swells up in size in contact with liquid. It cleanses your gut too, great for detoxing.

2. Flax

One tablespoon has 2.8 grams of fibre and 2.1 grams of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid found in plants. Have them ground for better absorption. Flax seeds are part of my daily diet, I add them into my morning smoothie.

3. Sesame

Sesame is another favourite of mine, also goes into my morning smoothies. 1 teaspoon will provide you with enough Calcium for the day to keep your bones strong. They are also high in copper for the skin and immune system, and magnesium for your heart and lungs.

4. Pumpkin

With 4.7 grams of healthy monounsaturated fats per tablespoon, these savoury seeds can help lower bad and raise good cholesterol levels in the blood. Great to sprinkle on oatmeal (homemade) or quinoa, or add to bread mixes.

5. Sunflower

These mild seeds contain more vitamin E (good for the heart and skin) per serving than any other food. They are high in magnesium too! Try my delicious bell pepper spread recipe here.

Which one is your favourite of these? Any other seeds you like?

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