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Seeds - A Powerful Nutrition Punch

Seeds - A Powerful Nutrition Punch

Seeds - Some of Our Favourites

In the first of a series of three blogs, Nutritionist Charlie Parker praises the virtues of seeds. 

Seeds pack a powerful nutrition punch, they contain essential amino acids, fibre, various vitamins and minerals and ALA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid) the plant source of omega 3 fatty acids which make them great for vegetarian and vegan diets and those that do not regularly eat oily fish. Seeds differ in their nutritional virtues, so we’ve picked some of our favourites and provided a bit more information on why they are so great and how to use them.

To start the day, see our recipe for Breakfast Muffins.

Breakfast Muffins

Flaxseeds/Linseed

Flaxseeds are often referred to as linseeds and vice versa, essentially they are the same thing. They are particularly rich in omega 3 and high in fibre, iron, zinc and magnesium. Flax forms a gel when added to water and has been used to treat constipation for many years. They can be eaten whole, but ground is even better as the fibre can act more effectively. Boost the omega 3 and fibre content by sprinkling some on top of your cereal, or try our Granola Dust.

 Granola Dust

Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, iron and copper and a source of fibre. Ideal sprinkled on salads and soups.

 

Sunflower seeds

These are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, selenium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and fibre. A small handful of sunflower seeds makes an ideal snack, or sprinkle on soups; but do not wait for Halloween, see our Sweet Potato, Carrot and Turmeric Soup.

 Sweet Potato Carrot Turmeric Soup

Chia seed

These are high in calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, fibre, omega 3 and they are reported to contain all 8 of the essential amino acids. They are great to include in baking and sprinkled on breakfast cereals and added to smoothies. See the Pantry Essentials recipe for Chia Seed Pudding. Recommended 15g serving per day.

Chia Smoothie

 

How to include seeds in your diet

  • Drizzle on salads, stir-fry’s, soups and dips
  • Include them in breakfast cereals and porridge
  • Snack on a mix of seeds such as sunflower and pumpkin
  • Include them when baking bread, muffins, crumbles and cakes
  • Add to smoothies and yogurts, see our Whiter Shade of Chia


Charlie Parker 2018

Charlie Parker is 
devoted to making healthy eating easier through developing healthier products and tools that trigger behavioural changes. Visit her website http://www.charlieparkernutrition.co.uk/

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