Getting Seedy: Big Benefits, Tiny Seeds


You’ve heard the quote, “Big things come in small packages” and that’s definitely the truth when it comes to seeds. In fact, it doesn’t get much smaller than seeds, yet the health benefits that come along with these tiny wonders are HUGE. 

 

I’m such a huge seed fan that I put them in loads of my recipes, mix them into my salads, sprinkle them into my oatmeal, and more. They add flavor, crunch, and, of course, a dietary boost. 

If you’re not already a dedicated seed sprinkler, where should you start? I know there are plenty of options out there, so here are a few of my favorites:

 

Hemp Seeds — Would you believe that just 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds contain 11 grams of protein?! This makes them a great supercharger for your morning smoothie or a power-packed addition to your salad if you’re choosing to not eat meat.

 

Hemp seeds are also high in soluble and insoluble fiber (which can help balance blood sugar levels, fight sugar cravings, and promote healthy gut bacteria), and they may help fight inflammation in the body. They’re a great source of healthy fats and vitamins and minerals.

 

Pro Tip: I love hemp seeds so much I did a whole blog post on them. You can check that out here.

 

Poppy Seeds — Poppy seeds contain antioxidants to help fight free radicals. They’re also rich in oleic acids which help lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (good cholesterol) levels. Add to that their fiber, potassium, vitamin, and mineral content and these nutty-flavored seeds are perfect for sprinkling on more than just bagels. 

 

Chia Seeds — Like hemp seeds, chia seeds are loaded with protein and fiber. They even have more Omega-3 fats than salmon. I’m telling you, these little seeds are no joke. 

 

I use chia seeds in many, many recipes like Chia Pudding, Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats, and Chia Berry Jam. They’re so tiny, you can sprinkle them most anywhere, so I say go for it. You may even want to double up and use both hemp and chia seeds together, like in these protein bars.

 

If you’d like even more recipes that feature these seedy superstars, why not join my Fit Rise 365 tribe? It’s a members-only portal containing hundreds of recipes, meditations, and workouts for every fitness level, designed to help you reach — and keep — ultimate health. You can get exclusive access, risk-free, right here.

 

You may also be interested in:

5 Ways to Use Chia Seeds in Your Recipes & Boost Your Protein

Sprinkle On the Health Benefits: Hemp Seeds Really Pack a Punch

One Spoon of These Seeds Each Day Will Protect Your Heart & Lower Cholesterol

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