Superfoods, the unsung hero's of the produce aisle. Sometimes found in the form of antioxidants, superfoods are rich in nutrients and are extremely beneficial for your health and well-being. When we think of superfoods, kale, avocado and blueberries are normally our top picks. Kale is high in fiber and low in calories, avocado is a “good fat” and blueberries help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
What we tend to forget, and definitely overlook, are seeds. Not only are they just as super, they are full of vitamins, minerals and all around health benefits that make them worthy of topping our dishes and our grocery lists. We’ve rounded up five super seeds that you can easily incorporate into your diet.
Not just for baseball players, sunflower seeds are FULL of antioxidants. These little powerhouses also pack a mean vitamin E punch, which promotes skin and bone health. Bonus, these are a great substitute for those with nut allergies.
Forget Halloween, pumpkin seeds (and pumpkins!) should be an all year treat. Full of iron which helps metabolize protein and the production of red blood cells and zinc which aids in the proper functioning of the immune and digestive systems, Pumpkin seeds give you a huge health boost. Plus, they add great flavor to your soups and salads...nothing scary about that!
Ch-ch-ch-Chia! Not to be confused with Chia pets (although we are huge fans of growing plants on ceramic faces), chia seeds are the “it” seed. They have major health benefits including fiber, protein and omega-3s. Bake with them, sip on them in your smoothie or make Chia pudding for a fun spin on breakfast.
While you may be used to seeing these bad boys on your bagel, they are actually full of manganese and copper for an energy boost, calcium for strong bones and vitamin B1, which is essential for breaking down fat and protein. As if that isn’t enough, sesame seeds also contain lignans, which may help to lower cholesterol. Sesame seeds for the win!
We’ve been munching on these pomegranate seeds for a while now, without ever actually noting that they are in the seed family. Fun fact, these fruity miracles are a triple threat: The juice contains antioxidants, the fruit contains vitamin C, potassium and fiber and the seed itself contains vitamin K, potassium and iron. Put them in salads, muffins, yogurt or eat them in their full, fruity goodness
Have a favorite seed? Tell us in the comments below!