Like nuts, seeds are nutrient dense (lots of nutrition, fewer calories) and are rich sources of healthy fats. They are also gluten free. Each type stands out differently in nutritional value. Here are few popular choices:
- Flaxseeds* are highest in omega-3s. Two tablespoons of flaxseeds* provide 4 grams of protein and 6 grams of intestinal-friendly fiber. They also contain calcium, zinc, potassium, magnesium and folic acid.
- Sunflower seeds are high in heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats, vitamin E, vitamin B1, magnesium, selenium, folic acid, tryptophan (relaxing & sleep-inducing amino acid) and 4 grams of fiber per 1/4 cup.
- Sesame seeds are highest in calcium making them a rich nondairy source of calcium. They are high in omega-3s and zinc.
- Pumpkin seeds are higher in vitamin K.
Call to Action:
Seeds are not just for the birds! Eat them individually raw as a snack and/or combine them with other foods you’re eating.
*Note: It’s best to grind flaxseeds (watch my How to video), otherwise they tend to pass undigested!
To your wellness,