The Nutrition Nook ~ Seeds: The Undercover Super Food

Header - Post - Healthy EatingThe Nutrition Nook is a monthly column featuring nutrition information for healthy eating. This month we’ll hear from Zahra, who writes The Natural Journey For Life blog.  * Remember to consult your primary care physician or dietitian before beginning a new nutrition regimen.* Zahra's Logo

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Greetings! My name is Zahra and I am on a life journey to obtain optimal health for my mind, body and spirit. By education I am a food scientist and chemical engineer.  However, my life purpose is to help others find natural alternatives to everyday needs. That is where my passion lies.  I believe that food is medicine and it can either heal or harm us.  We truly are what we eat! The catalyst for this journey is my son Caleb who has been challenged by food allergies, eczema, and digestive woes. His short life has taught me more about alternatives and making better choices than I could have ever imagined.  Please, join us on this journey…let’s travel together! Peace and Blessings.

The term “super food” has been used to describe foods that are overflowing with nourishing elements that our bodies need.  Some examples of recent super food declarations are the goji berry and the mangosteen fruit.  Seeds definitely fit that description and here is why: seeds are the building blocks of all plant life.  The seed, along with the soil, gives the plant all the nutrition needed to keep our bodies intact.  If the seed was devoid of nutrition, then plants would not be worth eating.  Due to my son Caleb’s multiple protein allergies, we struggled to find alternatives that would fuel his growth and development….until we discovered seeds!  Nuts he cannot have…but seeds are well received.  It must be noted however, that nuts are technically seeds.  So, why Caleb can have seeds and not nuts is quite a mystery!  Let’s uncover why seeds are so SUPER!

Super Seed Facts: nuts and seeds

  1.  Seeds are cholesterol free.
  2. Seeds are chocked full of minerals such as: iron, copper, zinc, selenium, manganese, phosphorus, and potassium.
  3. Most seeds are high in protein.  For example, hemp seeds contain 10g of protein per 1 ounce which is 21% of the daily allowable value (%DV).
  4. Seeds are high in fat – the polyunsaturated kind.  It’s the kind of fat you actually want in your system.  Chia and flax seeds are overflowing with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which help keep arteries clear.
  5. Fiber, fiber, fiber!  Chia and flax seeds contain 11 and 8 grams of fiber respectively.  That equates to 42 and 31% of the daily allowable value.  An ounce of chia seeds will keep your digestive tract flowing nicely!
  6. Seeds are good for the skin and hair.  Sunflower seeds have 47% DV of Vitamin E.
  7. Seeds can boost your immune system. Hemp and pumpkin seeds are high in zinc (21 and 14% DV) and have parasite fighting properties. 

How can you include seed in your daily diet? I’m glad you asked!

  1. Make seed milk or seed butter
  2. Add to salads
  3. Add to smoothies
  4. Include it in homemade trail mix or granola
  5. Eat them as an afternoon snack (raw or lightly roasted are the best way)
  6. Use them to make meat substitutes (instead of the highly processed vegetarian meat currently on the market)

Where can you buy seeds

A variety of seeds can be found in most grocery stores.  I personally like to buy my seeds in bulk at a local health food store.  It’s typically cheaper that way.  You don’t pay for packaging and you can get the amount you want whether it’s ¼ of a pound or 2 pounds.  Common seeds you may find include: hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, flax, and sesame.

Seeds are definitely too good to pass up!  I encourage you to find easy ways to incorporate this SUPER FOOD into your diet. The fact that God gave seeds to man as part of the original diet (Gen 1:29) speaks volumes about how super this food really is.

Peace and love!

Zahra

http://thenaturaljourneyforlife.blogspot.com

4 thoughts on “The Nutrition Nook ~ Seeds: The Undercover Super Food

  1. Soul Food Therapy (@SoulFoodTherapy) says:

    Awesome post! I like to use a variety of milks in my smoothies – hemp seed, and flax seed milk being a couple of my favorites. Also, I was just reading last night that chia seed is a good alternative to guar gum and xanthan gum in gluten free baking. As for meat substitute, I will look into that. So many of the veggie meat products contain wheat which I cannot have. Thanks for the info!

    • Zahra says:

      Flax seeds are also good for baking! I’m still trying to get into flax seed milk…in smoothies it’s probably easier to handle. I have to keep trying it! Please try seeds for making veggie meat. Sunflower and pumkin seeds are really “meaty” and provide great consistency for meat substitutes!

  2. Alfredia Conner says:

    Hello Zahra!
    I read your article and it is excellent. I get excited when I see other people have an passion for health because there are not many of us. Most of the time the importance of health is grossly overlooked until it happens to someone you love dearly. I applaud you for your boldness and commitment to reach out to teach others that God is concerned with our entire being, not just saving our souls.

    • Zahra says:

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words!! You are absolutely right! We MUST take care of the body temples that God has entrusted us with. I hope and pray that people will change bad habits and REALLY take charge of their health before it’s too late!

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