We all try to stay healthy and eat the freshest fruits and vegetables, but sometimes we forget where these nutritional eats come from – seeds. Many edible seeds are packed-full of nutrients. So if you care about good nutrition, you should certainly be aware of their great benefits.
1. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds have been getting a lot of good attention in recent years, which makes sense seeing that they’re considered some of the healthies superfoods out there.
What’s in them?
Chia seeds are loaded with vitamins and minerals, contain ten times more nutritional fibers than rice, eight times more Omega 3 fatty acids than salmon, six times more calcium than milk and three times more iron than spinach. On top of that, they contain a inordinate amount of antioxidants that fight cell damage.
Why you should eat them
Eating chia seeds can help you lose weight, relieve joint pains, and protect the body from heart disease and diabetes. The seeds also help keep your liver in good shape, and since they contain no gluten they are perfect for people with celiac disease.
What can you do with them?
These seeds go well with a number of dishes, thanks to their ability to take on the food’s flavors. Here are some recommendations:
Cooked, as a side dish
Added protein for salads
A crispy coating for chicken or fish
Added to fruit shakes
Added while baking bread