5 Healthy Seeds Worth Adding into Your Meals

For most of us, seeds only serve as an afterthought: toppings for our muffins or a salty snack. However, it’s about time that we start seeing these little seeds as a source of nutrition in our diets, and incorporate any of the following seeds in our meals.

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1.       Chia Seeds. These seeds are probably one of the healthiest seeds out there. Apart from being packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds also help in boosting energy and forming strong bones and cartilage. Other than that, these seeds can also serve as a useful component in your weight loss program as it can fill you up faster. So use it as a replacement for your eggs every now and then for a healthier meal.

2.       Hemp Seeds. Considered as a superfood and complete protein, hemp seeds are rich in copper, fibre, iron, magnesium, potassium, and omega-3 and -6 acids. These seeds can even serve as a great replacement for energy bars minus the sugar and unhealthy additives. What’s more amazing is that unlike other protein-rich foods like cheese, eggs and meat, hemp seeds can be easily digested.

3.       Pomegranate Seeds. Unlike most seeds, pomegranate seeds can be instantly eaten once the fruit is sliced open. Apart from being high in fibre, folate, potassium, vitamins C and K, these seeds are also rich in antioxidants. With this, you can now fully enjoy eating the pulp and seeds of the fruit.

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4.       Poppy Seeds. Extracted from the opium poppy flower, poppy seeds are obtained after the flower’s seedpods have dried, rendering it free of any narcotic effects. These seeds are rich in copper, fibre, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, linoleic and oleic acid, and zinc. Just like other seeds, it can be consumed as is or based on your personal preference.

5.       Sesame Seeds. Apart from adding a delicious crunch and nutty taste to our dishes, this seed is also rich in fibre, calcium, iron, folate, manganese, magnesium, potassium, protein, zinc, omega-6 and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6. Other than that, sesame seeds also contain nutrients known as sesamolin and sesamin, which helps in preventing high blood pressure and lowering cholesterol levels.

Apart from giving an earthy feel to our meals, adding these seeds into your diet will also help in ensuring that you get all the necessary nutrients that you need every day.

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