Three Favorite Superseeds
One of my dad's favorite nicknames for me has always been bird. And I don't think it's any coincidence that more often than not, I eat like a bird. I eat seeds almost every single day; I love their ability to provide my body with tons of nutrients in a teeny tiny package, and they are one of my favorite things to enjoy because they completely satisfy my hunger without weighing me down or making me tired. They are super versatile, and can be used in many different ways. I love them in smoothies, salad dressings, and my favorite breakfast treat. These are three of my favorites.
If you're looking for a great seed staple, you've come to the right place. These do-it-all superseeds are packed with nutrients, including protein, fiber, amino acids, B vitamins, minerals, iron, calcium, omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, and antioxidants. They are hydrophilic – or water loving – and can absorb many times their weight in water. Hello, hydration! These nutritional powerhouses bulk up your green smoothies without the calories. I loved them in my 1990s chia pets, and I love them in my kitchen.
As a vegetarian, I'm always looking for different ways to add protein to my diet. Hemp seeds contain all of the essential amino acids, which makes it a complete source of protein, just like chicken or beef. They have a deliciously nutty taste, and an amazing nutritional profile. Adding just a few tablespoons of hemp seeds to a salad, smoothie, or bowl of yogurt adds 10 grams of protein.
With a Latin name that translates to "very useful," it's no wonder that flaxseeds round out my favorite superseeds. Best known for its fatty acids and fiber, flaxseeds are packed with antioxidants and minerals, and are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. They improve digestion and brain health, support the immune system, promote weight loss, improve skin and hair, and lowers cholesterol. I add flaxseeds to my smoothies, no-bake energy bites, and as a little crunch on salads.
What are your favorite superseeds?