If in 2016 the trend was superfoods and miracle leafy greens, well for 2017, the way to healthy eating adds a little bit of crunch. We call it “super seeds”. It is so tiny and yet its littleness compensates for the massive nutritional benefits. The fiber content is way up there. It is also one of the foods that contain proteins. The seeds are also high in good fats that are really beneficial for the body. Don’t forget to mention the iron component, as well.
Anyway, some of these super seeds are Hemp seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Chia seeds and Sunflower seeds. Each of these seeds has its own taste, color, texture and combination of nutrients that the body can benefit from. With that, these super seeds are also very versatile. It can eaten as is or be sprinkled on salads and added to smoothies.
Hemp Seeds are super nutritious. Imagine, if you eat 100 grams of it, you will get at least 31.5 grams of protein. It may be a bit high on the caloric content since 100 grams is 585.6 calories but if you used a dash, it will be worthy food to add to your snack meal.
Aside from that, the Fiber, Magnesium and Potassium content of hemp seeds are quite high. The Omega-3 fatty acids content is also way up there which is good for the heart. Another thing about hemp seeds is that it prevents premature aging.
Now, how to eat hemp seeds – it has a mild nutty flavor which can be topped on yogurt, blended together with fruits to make smoothie, topping to any green leafy or fruit salad, best to add on any baked goodie or to eat it as is.
Pumpkin Seeds are sometimes called squash seeds. In some countries that don’t produce pumpkin, they have the regular squash and the seeds are almost similar to that of the pumpkin vegetable. Even the nut inside the seed, the greenish flat nut, it looks almost the same.
Have you heard of the saying – once you pop, you can’t stop. Well, this saying is true when it comes to eating pumpkin seeds. One, ten, twenty or fifty seeds – it’s never enough. People just get so addicted by munching on this savory seed.
Anyway, Pumpkin seeds are also high in protein with 38% RDA for every 100 gram serving but if you eat 100 grams of it, the calories are too heavy at 446. You must always eat nuts in moderation and don’t go overboard.
This is one seed that dieters and health buffs really love – chia seeds. Why? Well, chia seeds can be made into an oatmeal breakfast. It can be added on a yogurt snack with other fruits. You can make it into a breakfast smoothie bowl or add it in a blender to give texture on a glass of fruit shake. The possibilities of cooking with Chia seeds are endless.
Actually, you don’t need a lot of chia seeds. The great thing about it is that the seeds expand when you soak it in water or any liquid food – yogurt or juice. Here is an idea on how to prepare a breakfast meal using chia seeds.
As for its nutritional value, 100 grams of chia seeds contains 136% of recommended daily allowance for fiber. It means that chia seeds can make you feel full longer. You won’t be able to crave foods or over eat. To know more about chia seeds, read this.
Have you tried eating sunflower seeds? They are so good! It’s crunchy and the flavor is something different – different in a very nice way. Like the pumpkin seeds, eating it can be very addicting as well. But really, why eat Sunflower seeds?
These seeds are rich in Magnesium, Vitamin B-6, Potassium and Protein. If you need something new to add to your salad, try sunflower seeds. You’d be surprised of how nice the texture of this seed erupts in your mouth. Not only that – sunflower seeds are super healthy too!