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Small but Mighty: The Seeds you Need in your Pantry

They say the best things come in the smallest packages, and these seeds are no exception. Even though they are small, they are mighty, and adding them to your diet can help you get on track and get healthy. Plus, they are easy to eat and add a nice crunch.

Seeds are tiny powerhouses, they are high in antioxidants and give you a dose of protein while helping to prevent cancer and reduce information.  These are five of my favorite seeds to boost your nutrition.

Chia Seeds

These little guys come from a plant in the mint family and have become more and more popular lately. Basically, they are high in omega-3 fatty acids, the good kind of fat, which is good for your heart, joints, and brain. They are also full of fiber, about 11 grams per serving, and are high in potassium, iron, and calcium. I love adding them to juice, oatmeal, or sprinkling on top of a salad. Check out my full post about them here for even more benefits!

Sesame seeds

This seed is about 4,000 years old and is high in oleic acid. This is the type of fat that lowers bad cholesterol, raises the good kind and reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke. They are also packed with essential minerals like phosphorus, zinc, and selenium. This means they can help with bone health, prevent osteoporosis and reduce hypertension. I love adding them to salads or hummus.

Flax Seeds

These guys are another seed that is full of omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, one tablespoon gets you all the omega-3’s you need in one day! They help reduce inflammation making them beneficial for asthma, arthritis, and migraines. They also contain lignans that help protect against breast, colon and prostate cancer. I grind them up (or buy them ground) and add to my smoothies.

Hemp Seeds

These guys are a complete source of protein, which means they contain all 9 essential amino acids you need. They are also full of vitamins A, B1, B2, and E which will help the body metabolize fats and protein and help your skin glow. I love adding them to salads or smoothies.

Pumpkin Seeds

These guys are full of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that help to convert sugar to energy for your muscles. They are also full of B-vitamins which are great to fuel your body and help your system run smoothly. The vitamin E they have also helps to fight cholesterol. I love snacking on a handful or eating sunbutter (which is ground seeds) on toast or in baking.

Which of these seeds do you eat? Which one is your favorite?

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