In the 21st Century, we have seen a shift in how we think about health, especially with the nutrients that we put inside our bodies. In the past, we’ve discussed milk alternatives and their function. Today, we’re directing the conversation towards the seed add on’s into our smoothies, bread, pancakes, salads & more! Here’s a list of the top healthy seeds you should be adding into your diet.

Chia Seeds 

Chia Seeds are part of the Salvia Hispanica family, a flowering plant that can be sound in central and southern México. Apart from their geographic origin, Chia Seeds are a vital food that combats obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. One strong component of Chia Seeds in the high fiber it contains, this allows for consistent and smooth bowel movements to occur. Chia Seeds have also been linked to weight loss & helping people detox. Add Chia Seeds to your oatmeal, smoothie, yogurt, and more! 

 

Flax Seeds 

Flax Seeds are packed high with Omega-3 Fats which help combat depression, anxiety, improve eye health, fight auto-immune disease, prevents cancer, and more! Just like Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds are rich in fiber. Moreover, Flax seeds are linked to lowering your chances of developing diabetes and lowering your blood pressure. Flax seeds are a versatile food and can be eaten in condiments to add a unique flavor, add it to your cold or warm breakfast, or add them to your favorite baking recipe.

Quinoa 

Quinoa is pronounced KEEN-wah, it’s a grain crop known for its edible seed. In Southern America, Quinoa is known as a superfood that was a staple in the Inca Empire. Quinoa is filled with 8 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, 4 grams of fat, and 39 grams of Carbs. Due to its high number of nutrients in comparison to other seeds or crops, Quinoa is recognized as a superfood. Quinoa can be found anywhere in supermarkets and can easily be adapted into your diet. Adding Quinoa into your diet supports a healthy immune system, prevents disease, supports healthy bowel movements, and helps people lose weight. 

Pomegranate 

Pomegranate origins can be traced back to Iran, Northern India and have been used in ancient Mediteratian times. The distinguishing factor that sets Pomegranate from other fruits is its high levels of antioxidants. This number is so high that it surpasses green tea and wine. Moreover, the benefits of antioxidants remove free radicals, protect cells from damage, and reduce inflammation. Pomegranate has other benefits such as increasing fertility, preventing disease, helps memory retention, and more! Pick a Pomegranate at your local grocery store today!   

 

We hope you learned easy tricks on improving your heal and learning more about seeds and their benefits! Stick around for next month for another Oregon Farm Brokers blog! 

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