Ever wondered how a little seed could boast of a thousand things? Yes, a tiny edible seed can help with almost everything, from weight loss to energy gain, to providing vitamins and minerals. Seeds are a very versatile ingredient, and can be easily be inculcated into your diet. Sprinkle them in your evening salad bowl, or add them to your favourite drink, or just eat them as they are, seeds can add a healthy boost to your diet!
Since seeds have all materials required to convert into a nutritious plant, they are very nutritious. Not only are they high on fibers, but they also contain healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. If seeds are inculcated into your diet, they can also help reduce blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. So these tiny seeds are stuffed with many benefits!
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Seeds, however, should be eaten in moderation, as they contain polysaturated fat, which is essentially a healthy fat, but can be harmful if taken in large quantities.
Now, how can seeds be inculcated into your diet?
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Most seeds taste better when they are toasted. So just toast them on your stove top or in the oven before eating, and you can add some masala of your choice to add that extra punch to them! These toasted seeds can be added to your daily salad intake, and they will add great crunch to the dish. Another way to use seeds is by mixing them with mayonnaise or hung curd and then using them as a sandwich spread. Some tiny seeds, like poppy seeds can be kneaded into our usual roti or pasta dough. Other seeds, like sesame seeds can be combined with the breadcrumbs and used to crumb fried items.
Which seeds are to be used? Here are some of the healthiest seeds and their benefits:
- Flaxseeds: They control blood sugar, reduce risk of heart disease and cancer and is a high source of fiber.
- Chia seeds: They contain healthy fat, help in controlling appetite, reduce the risk of heart diseases and control blood sugar.
- Pumpkin seeds: A good source of phosphorus, help in lowering blood cholesterol, and crystallize bladder stones.
- Sunflower seeds: Contain a good amount of protein, healthy fats and vitamin E, anti-inflammatory features, reduce bad cholesterol.
So, are you ready to add this powerhouse ingredient to your diet yet?