p.s. This antioxidant beauty smoothie would be even better with a pinch of chia seeds!
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The expression ‘you eat like a bird’ has an entirely different connotation these days. Seeds are the nutritional buzz food of the moment—with good reason. Seeds are an easy way to add necessary vitamins and minerals to your every day snacks and meals. Small but mighty, the seeds we’ve rounded up can help lower cholesterol, promote heart health and keep you looking younger.
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Hemp is one of the few plant foods that is a complete protein, as it contains the 10 essential amino acids needed to support our dietary needs. But that’s just the start! Hemp is rich in minerals, like iron, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus, as well as Omega-3 and Omega-6 acids which help lower cholesterol. Try mixing it in to soups, dips and salad dressing.
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This delicious treat is high in antioxidants to ward off premature signs of aging and rich in polyphenols that have anti-cancer benefits and promote a healthy heart. And regular intake can help those with arthritis by reducing the damage to bone cartilage. Mix a few heaping spoonfuls into your frozen yogurt for a healthy nighttime snack.
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Not just for Halloween, pumpkin seeds are a good source of vitamin B and might even help you improve your mood thanks to a dose of tryptophan (yep, you know it from turkey!) Sprinkle them on salads for a little crunch—just make sure they're shelled.
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We’re big fans of chia seeds around here, if you hadn't noticed. This “super seed” is loaded with vitamins and minerals and the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. It helps boost energy, reduce joint pain and protect against diabetes and heart disease. Virtually flavorless, you can add them into nearly anything. The texture is gelatinous but goes unnoticed if you mix a teaspoon into your smoothie or yogurt.
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Healthy skin, lower blood pressure and stronger bones are just a few benefits that the zinc and calcium-rich sesame seeds have to offer. Sprinkle them on fish, in stir fry and as a condiment for veggies.
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Flax is immensely good for you. A single tablespoon contains about 8 grams of fiber and studies show it may help you more easily prevent certain types of cancer. Grind flaxseed in a spice mill or coffee grounder before eating. We recommend sprinkling in your oatmeal and baked goods. Add 1/4 cup into your next batch of cookies or muffins and you’ll never know it’s there.