Going vegan has made me rediscover all edible seeds. The newest addition to my cupboards is the chia seeds-a vegan superfood , which were a complete mystery to me until not so long ago. I have always been a fan of seeds any way , but mostly I would have them roasted and wouldn’t pay that much attention to them. Edible seeds are actually so full of goodness- fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals-its all there.
Here is a list with some of my favourite edible seeds and their health benefits .
1.Pumpkin seeds -These green little monsters are full of protein, iron, and zinc, and they’re one of the best sources of magnesium, a mineral that helps with blood pressure, build bone strength, and even reduce stress.Toast your pumpkin seeds or eat them raw.You can also add them to breads and salads . They also make a yummy snack during the day.
2.Sunflower seeds-These tiny black seeds are very high in Vitamin E-the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant.Vitamin E as a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from free radicals. Sunflower seeds are also a great source for the antidepressant phenylalanine, an amino acid the body turns into the brain chemical norepinephrine, which keeps you alert and focused. Sunflower seeds are particularly rich in magnesium , which is needed for good bone health. Enjoy sunflower seeds raw or lightly toasted for a richer flavour. You can also add them to breads and salads for a nutty mild taste.
3.Chia seeds -These very small seeds have no flavour, but they make it up on nutritional value.Chia seeds also provide fiber, iron, calcium, niacin, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus.Chia seeds are an incredible fiber resource with nearly half (11 grams) of the amount you need every day in a single ounce. They also contain 18 percent of your daily calcium requirement—more than triple that of dairy milk—which helps your bones, and they have some of the highest levels of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids of any seed.Chia seeds contain about 20% protein, a higher percentage than found in many other grains such as wheat and rice. Chia seeds contain strontium which helps to assimilate protein and produce high energy.I normally add chia seeds in my morning smoothie and also make raw date and nut bites as a tasty snack.
4.Sesame Seeds -very small to eat as a snack , but they make one of the most amazing dips in the world-tahini. They also make one of the sweetest treats on Earth-Halva. Sesame seeds are a very good source of copper and a good source of magnesium and calcium.Sesame seeds contain zinc which is vital for a bone mineral density.Sesame seeds are sources for some phyto-nutrients such as omega-6 fatty acids, flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants, vitamins and dietary fiber with potent anti-inflammatory benefits as well as health promoting properties.
5.Hemp seeds-another edible seed added to my cupboard as a result of going vegan. This seed is amazing .It contains all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids, all of them easily digestible,that our bodies cannot produce.Hemp seeds protein percentage also strengthen the immune system and helps your body to get rid of off toxins.Hemp seed is the Nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, with more essential fatty acid than flax or any other nut or seed oil.It contains the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid – for cardiovascular health and general strengthening of the immune system.Hemp seeds are a rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs and mitochondria.Over all if you gonna add seed to your diet choose hemp seed. It makes amazing forest fruit smoothie.
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