Seeds are the third trend in food and nutrition for 2017. This includes chia, flax, hemp, poppy, sesame and sunflower seeds, just to name a few. These small but mighty seeds are packed full of nutrients like essential amino acids, calcium, zinc, copper, magnesium, fibre and phytochemicals. Seeds may help to improve cardiovascular, digestive, immune and bone health.
Recently there’s been a lot of emphasis on heart health and meat alternatives. Credible sources of health information are recommending that we lower our intake of saturated fats, which are found in fatty cuts of meat and poultry skin, and to also avoid trans fats that are in commercially baked goods and fried foods, for example. We’re encouraged to opt for more heart healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Examples of monounsaturated fats are canola and olive oils, and polyunsaturated fats include omega-3 fats which are in fatty fish. Along with the nutrients mentioned above, seeds are a good source of these heart-healthy fats, which makes them a perfect addition to a variety of meals and snacks!
Get creative with seeds when adding them to meals and snacks, they’re very versatile. You can sprinkle seeds in cereal or yogurt; add them to a smoothie, salad, soup or homemade muffins and breads. You can also try adding seeds to stir-fries, casseroles or use them to make vinaigrettes.
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