Let’s talk about seeds…
Seeds are one of the most important sources of nutrients, vitamins and fibers… Not to mention omega 3 or omega 6 oils, amino acids as well as their very high nutritional value!
They are low in calories.. but ok, you won’t eat a ton of them! You can add them to salads, yogurt or incorporate them in your milk for breakfast.
You can also make breads with seeds and grains, puddings and many, many other foods. Seeds should not be used in large quantities. Even a small amount of seeds add a lot of flavor to many recipes and they certainly add a lot to your diet!
Let’s get better acquainted with seeds:
45 calories, 3 g fat, 1 g fiber and 3 g protein per tablespoon.
This plant is actually so misunderstood. It is really unbelievable how rich in nutritional ingredients it is! It’s a different type of cannabis than the “famous” cannabis and of course contains no psychotropic substances… It is one of the only types of food that contains all of the essential amino acids needed in your diet, so they are especially good for vegetarians and vegans.
50 calories, 4 g fat, 1 g fiber and 1.5 g protein per tablespoon.
Sesame seeds have highly concentrated amounts of good omega 6 fats that help control low levels of cholesterol. They are also very helpful at fighting off inflammation because they are packed with antioxidants.
51 calories, 4.5 g fat, 2 g protein per tablespoon.
Sunflower seeds are one of the cheapest type of seeds that are so readily available. They are rich in omega 3 fats (60% of their total fat) and have only 20% saturated fat. They are also rich in vitamin E, which happens to be the type of vitamin E that is easily absorbed.
You can also enjoy them in their shells so you don’t eat so many of them. Crack them open and fish for the seed inside as you watch a good movie!
80 calories, 7 g fat, 4.5 g protein and 1 g fiber per tablespoon.
Rich in iron, copper and zinc. They are also rich in sterols that lower cholesterol as well as amino acid tryptophan which is the best thing to reduce the levels of anxiety and stress… sitting on the couch, cracking their shells and munching on them can offer a zenful experience!
37 calories, 3 g fat, 1 g protein, 2.5 g fiber and 2 g carbohydrates per tablespoon.
One of the first super foods has passed the scepter on over to trendier seeds such as chia seeds and coconut flakes etc. I still believe they are one of the most sensational foods since they are considered one of the most complete in soluble fibers that help control sugar levels. They also help control hunger as they give you a “full” feeling when consumed. Also rich in good fats….
60 calories, 3 g protein, 3 g fat, 5 g fiber per tablespoon.
Rich in calcium, omega 3 fats and fiber. They are the best for your stomach and intestines!