BY JACLYN PADOVANO, R.D., C.D.N.
Seeds are a nutrition powerhouse and oftentimes under-consumed foods in the American diet. Seeds contain a healthy dose of protein, fiber, vitamins and various antioxidants that can help to boost energy, enhance your immune system and aid in keeping your heart healthy. Here are some examples of nutrition-packed seeds:
– Pumpkin Seeds provide about 7 grams of protein per ¼ cup and offer a good amount of B-vitamins, copper, manganese, magnesium and additional antioxidants that help to detoxify the body. You can even roast them for a fun spin on a healthy and crunchy snack!
– Sunflower Seeds contain antioxidants vitamin E and selenium. They are a great, protein-rich addition to trail mixes and salads.
– Ground Flax Seeds are an ideal way to get in those heart-protecting omega-3 fatty acids. Flax seeds provide a significant amount of fiber, which can aid in digestion, blood sugar control and even help you to lose weight. Be sure to purchase ground flax seed or meal, or purchase the whole seed and grind it yourself to ensure better absorption and digestion of the seed.
When you incorporate seeds into your diet, keep portions to approximately ¼ cup per day to obtain the health benefits without adding too many calories. For more ideas and to learn which seed is best in your diet, stop in to any of our Dietitian’s Offices to speak with our Registered Dietitians.
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