Seeds contain a wide variety of nutrients in small packages, and are easy to incorporate into your diet. Try these four super seeds for added nutrition.
- Flaxseeds: A nutty flavored seed, they provide the most nutrition when they are ground. Omega 3s and lignans are beneficial compounds that can help reduce belly fat and reduce your risk of heart disease. Add ground flaxseed to a fruit and veggie smoothie.
- Hemp seeds: These seeds taste like sunflower seeds or pine nuts, and contain EFAs and all nine essential amino acids. One ounce of this super seed gives you 45% of your daily magnesium requirement. Hemp seeds can be used in dips like hummus.
- Buckwheat groats: These soft seeds have a sweet, earthy flavor when toasted, and one cooked cup has 155 calories and 5 grams of fiber. They also have prebiotics that can improve your digestion. They can be cooked and used as you would rice.
- Wheat germ: The healthy center of wheat kernels, this seed has 23 nutrients, and just two tablespoons give you 12% of your DV of folate. It can be sprinkled on cereal or oatmeal, or can be mixed with marinades or salad dressings.