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Small But Mighty: Chia, Flax & Hemp Seeds

Filed Under: Nutrition at 10:32 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

You might think eating seeds is for the birds but superfood seeds are making their way into pantries everywhere. Once you learn about all their nutritional benefits; they might end up in yours too!

 

Chia Seeds

Long used by the Aztecs, Mayans and Incans as a a staple food along with corn and beans, chia seeds are enjoying a large resurgence in the health food community due to their impressive nutrition profile.  Chock full of healthy omega fats, proteins and antioxidants and dietary fiber. The little chia seed goes a long way to earn it’s qualifier of “power.” With a mild and nutty flavor, you can sprinkle chia seeds in your oatmeal, mix into a salad dressing or dip or soak them in water or juice to form a gel and use as a thickening agent for soups and a variety of recipes.

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds are a nutrition wonder and are considered the most concentrated source of lignans, a polyphenol that supports digestive, reproductive, prostate, breast and heart health – and even promote beautiful skin and hair. Its high content of alpha linolenic acids has made the ancient flax seed become our modern miracle food.  Alpha linolenic acid (ALA) is a type of plant-derived omega 3 fatty acid, similar to those found in fish such as salmon. Flax Seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, trace minerals and protein. Add some flax seeds to your shakes or sprinkle on top of a salad or add to soups, stews or casseroles.

Hemp Seeds

With rich nutty flavor and a tender crunch, hemps seeds re so easy to use! Sprinkle them in salad, cereal or yogurt! Hemps seeds are packed protein, providing 10 grams of complete plant-based protein per 3 tablespoons. They are also a great way to add omegas or EFAs to your diet. Hemp is truly a superfood providing a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids in each serving. These fatty acids promote heart health, lower triglycerides, work to reduce inflammation, promote brain health, and support the immune system. Low in carbohydrates, hemp seeds are ideal for those following the paleo diet or who need to be carb conscious for their health.

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