Seeds are a great addition to a plant-based lifestyle. They are low-cost, easy to store and can be added to anything for some healthy fat and protein. They are much lower in fat than nuts are and provide the same nutritional benefits.
Chia Seeds. Chia seeds are native to Mexico and
Guatemala. The seeds themselves are rather tasteless and will not affect the flavor of your food. Therefore, you can add them to anything for an additional nutrition boost. They contain calcium, for strong teeth and bones. They also contain fiber for keeping things regular. And they can help to control belly fat, since chia seeds stabilizing effect on blood sugar fights insulin resistance.
Flax seeds. Flax seeds can be found in most any health store. They come whole or ground, in a golden or brown color, and are known for their nutty flavor. They are full of fiber and one of the richest plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to prevent diseases like heart disease, bowel disease, diabetes and obesity. Flax seeds can be used as an egg substitute in many vegan recipes.
Pumpkin Seeds. In Spanish, pumpkin seeds are called pepitas, so no worries if you see them called by this name. They can be eaten raw, in a green color or can be toasted and lightly salted, like what you get after you carve a pumpkin. They provide many trace minerals, such as zinc, which helps with sleep and moods, and phosphorus and also contain Vitamin E.
Hemp Seeds. Not only for drug use, the hemp seed can be used for a variety of purposes. Clothing, oils, rope, paper, building materials, jewelry, weed control, animal bedding, fuel or for eating are a few of the uses. Hemp seeds are quite nutritional in value. They contain essential fatty acids, Omega-3 and Omega-6, and have a complete amino acid profile. They contain all 9 of the amino acids that our bodies need. Cultivation in the USA is difficult, since it is considered a controlled substance, however imported items can be found available for sale on the internet or in health food stores.
Sesame Seeds. Famous for making tahini sauce, sesame seeds are those little whitish/yellowish seeds found sometimes on breads. They are believed to be one of the first plants to be used for oil. The oil is believed to help stress and prevent hypertension and they contain Vitamin E, which plays a vital role in preventing diseases. Other minerals that can be found in sesame seeds are manganese, copper, iron, phosphorus and calcium.
Sunflower Seeds. Sunflower seeds can be found hulled, raw, dry roasted and salted, seasoned with tamari or also as sunflower seed butter, sunflower seed oil or sunflower seed milk. They are lightweight and easy to carry anywhere. They have a nutty taste and can be used in absolutely any recipe. They are a great source of fiber and have antioxidant properties to help fight free radicals that destroy cells.by