edible seeds

Edible Seeds

Sometimes, little things do wonders! Just like a handful of edible seeds!

Have a look at the list of  edible seeds with their benefits, right here!

Sunflower seeds

  • These seeds are very rich source of vitamin E, which is a fat-soluble vitamin, and very rich in antioxidants. This vitamin helps in healthy circulation of blood in the body.
  • These seeds are good source of vitamin B1 or Thiamine, which helps in deriving energy from the food. A handful of sunflower seeds gives you 0.4 mg of vitamin B1.
  • Sunflower seeds are rich in copper, which helps in melanin production, which in turn helps in maintaining healthy skin and hair. Copper also helps in boosting metabolism.

 How to use sunflower seeds in your diet?

  • You can consume these seeds directly as a healthy snack.
  • An Alternative way of using these seeds is to soak it in water overnight and add it to purees. Or you can also make sunflower seeds butter. Better yet, you can use it as an alternative to peanut butter.

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Chia seeds (sabja seeds)

  • Chia seeds are a good source of carbohydrates and proteins.
  • They are also rich in antioxidants.
  • Chia seeds contain Omega 3 fatty acids and dietary fibre.
  • They are also packed with goodness of calcium.
  • Not only that, Chia seeds are an excellent source of plant protein.

How to use chia seeds in your diet?

  • You can sprinkle chia seeds on your food and consume the food as you usually do.
  • You can consume them with smoothies, oatmeal, cereals etc. What is more, you can also add chia seeds to your bowl of rice, yogurt, and salad.

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Flaxseeds (Alsi)

  • Flaxseeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
  • They are also responsible for healthy hair and skin.
  • They help with weight loss.
  • Flaxseeds also help to lower cholesterol levels.
  • They also lower down the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

How to use flaxseeds in your diet?

  • Flaxseeds can be used as a mouth freshener.
  • Roasted flax seeds can be used in your daily salads, oatmeal and yoghurt.
  • Grounded flaxseeds can be used in baking cookies as well.
  • Take flaxseeds in the recommended dosage only to avoid gastrointestinal issues.

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Pumpkin seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of protein.
  • They are a rich source of healthy fats.
  • Not only that, they are also a rich source of zinc.
  • Pumpkin seeds are packed with minerals such as potassium and iron.
  • ½ cup of magnesium gives you about 92% of the recommended allowance of magnesium.

How to use pumpkin seeds in your diet?

  • You can use it as a normal snacking item.
  • You can use it in baking food items.
  • Not only that, you can also top these seeds with soya sauce.
  • It can be added to the salads, oatmeal and smoothies to make it more nutritious.

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Hemp seeds 

  • These seeds are rich in essential fatty acids and amino acids.
  • 1 tbsp. of hemp seeds contains 4g of protein and 1200 milligrams of fatty acids.
  • Rich source of fibre.
  • They are also rich in magnesium (very good source of muscle relaxation).
  • They also help with weight loss.

How to use hemp seeds in your diet?

  • They can be added to the salad dressings and deserts.
  • It can be added to the cereals or granola bars or it can be sprinkled on Italian dishes as well.

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Watermelon seeds

  • Watermelon seeds are a rich source of magnesium, which helps in maintaining blood pressure.
  • They are are good sources of phosphorous, iron, potassium, sodium, copper, manganese and zinc.
  • They are also a rich source of protein.

How to use watermelon seeds in your diet?

  • You can munch it as a snack.
  • You can use it in many healthy recipes.
  • It can be made into a coarse powder and can be sprinkled on almost all the dishes.
  • It can be used as an alternative to black pepper in buttermilk.

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Don’t think much, just hog on to these handful of packed nutrients called edible seeds without feeling guilty about overeating.

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