Flax, Hemp, Chia Seeds— oh my!

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So, you want to know more about flaxseeds, hemp seeds and chia seeds? What makes them so great and why should we include them in our diet?

Hemp seeds
Out of the three seeds mentioned above, hemp seeds offer the most bang for your nutritional buck. Having an awesome blend of healthy fat, fiber and protein, this seed is an allstar! They are great for people on a vegetarian or vegan diet because they add much needed nutrients to balance out your meals. They contain all of the essential amino acids that we can only get through food and that is why I add them to my oatmeal porridge every morning. You can also try them out in your cereal, with yogurt or in a smoothie. Two tablespoons is the recommended dose but I just eyeball it, since it’s only helping me if I eat more.

Chia seeds
Not just your funny plant pets anymore, these babies give you much needed fiber and essential fatty acids. American diets are severely lacking in fiber so this is great news for those people who need to supercharge their diet. You can add them to your oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt, fruit bowls or even make chia pudding, one of my personal faves! Two tablespoons is all you need.

Flax seeds
Flax seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and a great type of antioxidant called lignans. Both are anti-inflammatory and can help aid in lowering cholesterol, which is great for your heart and vascular system. The only caveat with flax seeds is to make sure to eat them ground since the whole seeds won’t digest fully. I buy them already ground so that I don’t have to worry. Two tablespoons will provide all the superpower you need in the morning.

Seeds really are a wonder food and a great compliment to our daily meals. Get creative and see where you can add them in. Do you currently use seeds in your diet? If so, please share how!

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