10 Super Seeds You Should Include In Your Diet
Your healthy friend has been telling you to eat seeds. The health magazines you read have been telling you to eat seeds. Seeds are LIFE.
But which are the top 10 super seeds you should include in your diet? Beauty and Tips finds out in this article.
Seeds aren’t exactly glamorous. They look like something you’ll find at the bottom of a plant pot (which you kinda do). For many of us, they’re just an afterthought. We add them to muffins, but rarely do we think about how nutritional they are.
And just how nutritional can they really be? After all, they’re tiny!
Well, think of it like this. A seed’s intention is to grow into a plant. As such, it follows that they’re stuffed with an amazing amount of nutrients that get life started.
Seeds are tiny – but the pack a massive nutritional punch. And because people have finally cottoned onto this, they’re shooting up in popularity at the moment. You can add them to salads, your bowl of oatmeal, or you can salt them and eat them as a snack. It doesn’t matter how you eat them. All that matters is that you eat them.
But which ones? Let’s take a look at the 10 super seeds you should include in your diet.
Sunflower seeds are arguably the most popular seed, and you’ve probably got a friend who’s already told you to try them.
Packed with life-preserving antioxidants, sunflower seeds take care of both your bone health, and your skin. In other words, you could consider them a key part of your beauty regime.
If you’re not too keen on the texture of sunflower seeds, you could try sunflower seed butter instead. It’s just as potent, and is also a non-nut alternative to almond or peanut butter.
Hemp seeds are the hipsters seed of choice. But you don’t need to be a hardcore hipster to enjoy them (although your mates will probably start teasing you for being a hipster the moment they find out you’re eating ‘em).
But so what? Hemp seeds are awesome. They’re a complete protein, which means they contain all the essential amino acids. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids, as well as phytosterols.
Add them to your shakes or smoothies to power-up in the morning.
If you’re not a big fan of the strong taste of mustard, there is every chance you won’t like mustard seeds. However, if you happen to love mustard, you should consider giving these babies a go.
Not only do they have a rich taste that lets you enjoy it for ages, they also contain manganese and omega-3’s. Perfect in soups, salads and curries.
Another really popular seed is the humble pumpkin seed. And unlike pumpkins, pumpkin seeds are popular all year round.
This is because of their healthy benefits. Thanks to their iron and zinc content, as well as their antioxidants, pumpkins can reduce the risk of prostrate cancer in men. Guys, it doesn’t matter how old you are. Looking after your prostrate starts now, and adding pumpkin seeds to your diet will really help.
We love them in salads, where they provide a bit of extra crunch. These seeds are also really popular with vegetarians and vegans.
Admittedly, some seeds like a bit dour. Sunflower seeds are a case in point. Pomegranate seeds, on the other hand, bring some colour to your dishes with their brilliant redness.
Maybe you’ve already tried pomegranate juice and enjoyed it. Well, now it’s time to try pomegranate seeds. They’re extracted from the same fruit, and add a kick, as well as vitamin C, potassium, and some more fibre to your bowl of oatmeal. They also contain vitamin K and iron, and are a great way to turbo-charge your morning.
Cumin is used as a spice. Perhaps you’ve used it before. But before its reached the powdered stage, cumin is a seed that is bursting with flavour.
Popular in Indian dishes, cumin seeds are rich in iron.
Flax seeds have a warm nutty flavour that reminds of us Christmas.
Back on topic. Because flax seeds are so rich in flavour, they’re the ideal seed to eat if you’re looking to lose weight. They make you feel full for longer, and they also stop your blood sugar levels from spiking – which is a big reason why we sometimes can’t control our appetites.
Flax seeds are also loaded with omega-3s, which means they give your brain and eyes a boost. Lovely!
Out of all the super seeds available, chia seeds are probably the hottest right now. And they say that when you’re hot, you’re hot!
Chia seeds are much smaller than most of the other seeds on this list, which means you can easily scoop a handful at a time. People usually add them to their yogurt or smoothies for a bit more texture, as well as more health benefits.
Unusually for a seed, chia seeds are rich in protein. This means that if you’re looking to consume more protein, they should be your seed of choice. They also contain omega-3 fats, as well as fibre.
This list of super seeds would be incomplete if we didn’t contain the ochre-coloured sesame seeds.
The thing is, you’ve most likely eaten sesame seeds before without realising it. Ever eaten a burger? These are the seeds that sit on top of the bun!
However, there are other ways to eat sesame seeds. Add them to your yogurt, smoothies soups, curries or salads to reap their many benefits. They contain healthy doses of manganese, copper, vitamin B1 and calcium. Sesame seeds also contain lignans, which have been found to help lower bad cholesterol.
It might not sound like a seed, but it is a seed.
Wheat germ eventually morphs into a seed. And because its intention is to then grow into a plant, it’s packed with lots of nutrition that YOU can take advantage of. For example, wheat germ contains B vitamins, fibre, iron and protein.
It’s perfect in oatmeal, smoothie and yogurt.