Not only are seeds a nutritional powerhouse but you can add them to virtually any meal – salads smoothies, sauces, veggies, yogurt, you name it. The toasty taste and crunchy feel go pretty well with anything.
If you want to make a quick change to your diet today – toss on some seeds next time you eat.
Top benefit of each seed:
Chia – For Weight Loss
With nearly 11g of fiber per ounce, Chia seeds give a huge boost to your weight loss progress. The more fiber you eat, the quicker your digestive tract works and the less food remains stagnant in your body. This helps to significantly reduce bloating, and improve nutrient absorption (Flat tummy here I come!)
Hemp – For Muscle Mass
Hemp seeds are promoted as a must-have for vegetarians with 20g of protein per ounce. They are considered a complete protein which means they contain all 9 essential amino acids. These are also great for those looking to bulk in the gym – sprinkle some on your next meal for a protein boost.
Pumpkin – Boost Your Metabolism
Pumpkin seeds are a great source of magnesium which is necessary for regulating your metabolism. (Side note - magnesium is one of the most common dietary deficiencies in adults – affecting around 80% of the population). Magnesium is also known to regulate mood disorders including anxiety / depression, help muscle aches, and prevent liver damage.
Flax – For Brain Health
Flax seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acid which is crucial for brain health and reducing inflammation. They are also a great source of fiber with 8g of fiber per ounce – helping to improve digestion and reduce stomach bloat.