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Your Ultimate Seed Guide: 7 Delicious & Healthy Seeds

These days the market is literally flooded with seeds of all kinds from sunflower to sesame and chia. Before you actually learn how to store tomatillos you should gather knowledge on the various seeds and how nutritious they are. These seeds are loaded with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, fats, protein and dietary fibre. As a food lover you will have the option of choosing from a wide variety of seeds and you can use them in many different kinds of dishes. The good thing about these dishes is that they add a crunch, high nutrition and improved flavor to the food.

Your Ultimate Seed Guide: 7 Delicious & Healthy Seeds

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Seven of the most healthy and delicious seeds that you should try out

Wheat Germ

Many people may wonder why wheat has been included in a list meant for seeds. The thing is that wheat is nothing but a grain that transforms into seeds. In cases of snacks and white bread the germ is taken out so you end up with the endosperm. This is not good as the germ contains very high traces of zinc, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin E, folate, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin and various other nutrients.

You should know that the wheat germ provides healthy fats and fibers to keep cholesterol and sugar levels under check. The germ also helps the intestine function properly. You can eat this with any recipe such as smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, baked items and even pancakes.

Your Ultimate Seed Guide: 7 Delicious & Healthy Seeds

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Hemp Seeds

Food with these seeds are increasing in number, you will find them in almost every grocery store that you visit. These seeds are found in every natural food right from frozen desserts to salad dressings. Hemp seeds are being promoted as they are not only tasty but very high in nutrition.

These seeds are a rich source of 9 amino acids and fatty acids. The protein content in the seeds are not tough to digest. If you want to put together a meal with high protein content then you should include these seeds. You can put these seeds in pasta, roast them with some spices, put them on baked food, cereal, salad or a smoothie.

Your Ultimate Seed Guide: 7 Delicious & Healthy Seeds

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Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are everyone’s favorite, these seeds are small but they ate rich in vitamin E, fiber, zinc, folate, iron and protein. Since these seeds are very high in vitamin E they also slow down the process of aging. The seeds are packed with a lot of antioxidants that help to reduce cholesterol, blood pressure and help to build the immune system. The best way to consume these seeds is to add them to muffins, breads, side dishes, spreads that are stir fries or salads.

Your Ultimate Seed Guide: 7 Delicious & Healthy Seeds

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Sesame Seeds

A lot of people live under the misconception that these are only used on hamburger buns, in fact many Asian dishes use these seeds. These seeds are also converted into a paste like form and then used  on toast and crackers; dishes from the Middle East  use these seeds to make falfel and hummus. These seeds are very high in fiber, vitamin B, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and calcium.

Since these seeds have high levels of antioxidants they help in improving functions of the brain and in eliminating inflammation. You can use these seeds on steamed vegetables, breads, chicken, fish, stir fried dishes and salads. You also have the option of using them as a tahini past in wraps and sandwiches.

Your Ultimate Seed Guide: 7 Delicious & Healthy Seeds

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Pumpkin Seeds

These seeds have many health benefits and doctors all over the world encourage people to consume them on a regular basis. Countries like Mexico and India have been using these seeds for medicinal purposes. Low cholesterol, no inflammation and sound prostate health are some of the benefits that come with consuming these seeds.

These seeds are chewy and sweet and they have a very low fat content. Potassium, magnesium and iron are some of the nutrients in these seeds. These seeds are also a good source of phytosterol that help the heart and prostate function properly. These seeds are found throughout the year but you will find fresh ones during the season time. You can eat these seeds as a snack, include them in baked food or use them in a saladsor cereal.

Your Ultimate Seed Guide: 7 Delicious & Healthy Seeds

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Chia seeds

These seeds are high in demand and you can find them everywhere you go to shop. These seeds are also included in beverages and protein bars. These seeds are extracted from a plant in Mexico called Salvia hispanica, the seeds are very high in calcium, antioxidants, fiber, protein carbohydrates, fatty acids and omega 3.

These white and black seeds were used by the people of the ancient Aztec and Mayan civilization to enhance energy levels. Since the seeds produce a mild nutty flavor they can be added to drinks and foods. If the seeds are mixed with water the result is a gel like mixture that can be consumed for losing weight. You can use these seeds on baked food, rice, salad, cereal, smoothie and oatmeal to enhance the flavor.

Your Ultimate Seed Guide: 7 Delicious & Healthy Seeds

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The history of these seeds can be traced back to 3000 BC Babylon, it from that time that people knew that these seeds have many health benefits and so used them regularly. These seeds are very rich in lignans, dietary fiber, fatty acids and omega 3. Recent studies have revealed that flaxseeds can actually combat diabetes, heart stroke, cancer and also reduces body fat.

Your Ultimate Seed Guide: 7 Delicious & Healthy Seeds

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Vegetarian meals, cereals, and waffles have flax seeds in them; flax seed oil is very popular with fitness enthusiasts. If you decide to add them to food it is best if you grind the seeds properly this way you can be rest assured that your system will absorb them better. So do not forget to add some flaxseeds into your yogurt, soups, smoothies and oatmeal.

So by now you have realized that how important the above mentioned seeds are for our health, not only do they taste great but they have a plethora of health benefits. You can join cooking classes to learn how to use these wonderful seeds and in Reusing The Cooking Oil.

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    Sarah Hanson

    My name is Sarah Hanson, Founder of CookyDaddy. My great passion is providing insights and advice on how to stay healthy and still get to enjoy trying out different types of food and cooking methods.

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