Hello there beautiful people, I hope you’re all doing well!
As you may already be aware, the diet I follow (and recommend to anyone and everyone) is one that is largely plant-based.
Following a (mostly) plant-based diet can feel a bit restrictive or limited at first, however, once you start learning what works for you, your body and your lifestyle, you will soon realise that it can also be immensely satisfying, bountiful and delicious.
Using a variety of plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lentils, legumes, nuts and seeds really is the secret to having a well-balanced, satisfying and healthy diet.
Today, I am going to share some more in-depth information about some of the littlest yet mightiest super foods – SEEDS.
Seeds come in a wide variety of sizes, colours, textures and flavours, they are a wonderful source of many nutrients and make lovely additions to many meals. Seeds are especially important for those who may have nut allergies as they often provide a similar nutrient profile but are not high allergen foods.
Below I will share properties of a variety of seeds each with its unique properties.
HEMP SEEDS are a great source of magnesium and linoleic acid which help maintain healthy cholesterol levels within the body.
CHIA SEEDS are bursting with important nutrients such as fibre, antioxidants and high quality protein. They also make great binding agents in cooking as they expand in size when submerged in liquid and release a gel-like substance which holds the mixture together.
POPPY SEEDS are low in sodium, contain high quality (heart healthy) fats, fibre, calcium, potassium and many other vitamins and minerals all of which are important for the maintenance of good health.
LINSEEDS, also known as flaxseeds, boast many health benefits including the prevention of heart disease, arthritis and treatment of constipation and IBS.
SESAME SEEDS are a great of B Vitamins, help reduce inflammation and lower blood cholesterol levels.
SUNFLOWER SEEDS are great natural anti-inflammatories. Ther are rich in both healthy fats and plant protein which makes them a great addition to a healthy balanced diet.
PUMPKIN SEEDS possess high contents of dietary fibre, protein and heart healthy fats. They are an excellent source of antioxidants, are beneficial for heart health and can lower blood sugar levels.
ALFALFA SEEDS are made up of approx. 20% protein and high amounts for ten different vitamins. As a result, alfalfa seeds boast many helth benefits ranging from lowering cholesterol levels, to maintaining healthy blood sugar levels to relieving symptoms of menopause.
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