If the big word in nutrition is “superfoods”, then the big word in superfoods is “seeds”.
If you're looking for an easy way to up your protein, fiber and vitamins, you'll find the answer in chia seeds and hemp seeds.
Both are easy to add to recipes, but you may wonder, which one is best?
Once chia was something we only knew as a fun plant that grew on clay animals sold on TV. Those days are gone. This seed that comes from plants in the mint family has gotten a lot of attention recently. The author of Born to Run sums it up in one quote. He said:
“Chia is a food staple for a tribe whose members run hundreds of miles, and people started paying attention.”
It turns out that the tiny seed is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world!
Two tablespoons of chia contains
- 6 grams of protein
- 10 grams of fiber
- more Omega-3s than salmon
- more iron than spinach
- more calcium than milk
- more antioxidants than blueberries.
Chia Seed Hack: Add a few tablespoons of water to a tablespoon of chia seeds. Whip it together to make a great substitute for egg whites.Tweet
Best of all, chia is easy to eat. You can add it to recipes for things like bread or cakes without anybody knowing, or just add 2 tablespoons to almond milk or juice. Let them sit for a little while and soon you'll have a delicious pudding.
If chia makes you think of the chia pet, hemp seeds make you think of the cannabis plant.
But hemp is only a cousin of marijuana and has no drug-like effects.
Hemp seeds are also very nutritious. Hemp seeds are rich in both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
More than 25% of their calories come from high quality protein. This is more protein than chia, which only gets 16% of its calories from protein.
Hemp seeds have gamma-linolenic acid, which may help reduce the symptoms of PMS and menopause.
Just 1 oz. of hemp seeds contains 75% of your RDA of Vitamin E and one-third of the zinc you need for your immune system.
Hemp can be added to smoothies, salads, yogurts and other foods.
Both chia and hemp seeds are high in protein and fiber. That can help you feel full longer which helps boost weight loss too!
I say, why not use both chia and hemp seeds?! This recipe is the perfect way to do that too:
Yours in Health,
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