What can eating seeds do for your diet? What are the benefits of eating different seeds?
Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds – what can eating seeds do for your diet?
Seeds combine a blend of healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals – not all seeds are the same and they all pack a different punch! Check out the benefits that each type of seed offers.
*It’s important to keep in mind that PORTIONS are hugely important, especially with something as calorie dense as seeds. Seeds are often packed with calories and fat, and even though they are super healthy for you, you need to keep to proper portions. One tablespoon of seeds could contain around 60 calories, so you can see that can add up quickly! If you’re on the 21 Day Fix, these portions are already figured out for you by using your orange container.
Pumpkin seeds contain magnesium, which many of us don’t get enough of on a daily basis! Magnesium can help lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Yay, magnesium!
Flax seeds are excellent for people who aren’t big fans of fish, because they offer a lot of the same nutrients that are so abundant in certain types of fish. Flax seeds are full of fiber, lignans (which are great for lowering cholesterol), and omega-3 fats. Buying flax seeds ground, unless you can grind them at home yourself, because they have to be ground for you to get the most of the nutrients and be able to absorb them.
Chia seeds = FIBER powerhouse! The fiber in chia seeds actually swells in your tummy to keep you full and reduce hunger. To see chia in action, drop a few in a small glass of water and watch what happens. 🙂 The same thing happens in your belly.
Sunflower seeds are probably the most common seeds as far as what most people have tried. These tiny seeds are FULL of Vitamin E. The healthy version isn’t what you’ll usually find roasted in oils and salts at your local gas station! Look for the shelled seeds labeled “raw” – you will likely find these in the bulk foods section of your grocery store.
Let me start by saying that hemp seeds to not come from any type of marijuana plant. 🙂 These seeds come straight from the hemp plant and are high in protein and omega-3s.
Do you have a favorite way to eat these seeds? Maybe sprinkled into your cereal or into your Shakeology? Please share in the comments!