HAPPY Wednesday :D
How's your week going?! I hope you're having a PRODUCTIVE week so far!! If not...jump in AND make the rest of this week count! U GOT THIS!!
Today's post is on What Eating Seeds Can Do For Your Body!
Don't let their size fool you. The little guys contain a powerful blend of healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals!
The following information (from Dr. Oz The Good Life magazine) shares with us what each brings to the table :)
- Best For Fish Avoiders
An original "superfood," flax is brimming with fiber, cholesterol lowering compounds called lignans, and healthy omega-3 fats (like you get from fish). Try in yogurt or a crumb coating for chicken. Buy them ground so you get all the nutrients.
1 Tbsp: 37 cal, 3 g fat, 1 g protein, 2 g carb, 2 g fiber.
- Best For Fending Off Diabetes
Often called pepitas, these are a good source of magnesium (a tablespoon has as much as a whole banana), a mineral many people don't get enough of and 1 that can help lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
1 Tbsp: 45 cal, 4 g fat, 2.5 g protein, 1 g carb, .5 g fiber.
- Best For Boosting Fiber
The soluble fiber in chia seeds swells in your gut to create a sense of fullness that helps keep your hand out of the junk food jar! These seeds start out crunchy, then get jellylike in liquids like smoothies and yogurt.
1 Tbsp: 60 cal, 4.5 g fat, 3 g protein, 5 g carb, 5 g fiber.
- Best For Your Grocery Bill
The inexpensive kernels are a stellar source of vitamin E (a tablespoon gives you an eighth of a day's needs). Look for shelled seeds labeled "raw"--they're not roasted in the oils that can load up the calories.
1 Tbsp: 51 cal, 4.5 g fat, 2 g protein, 2 g carb, 1 g fiber.
- Best For High-Protein Fans
These nutty-tasting seeds, or "hearts," from the hemp plant get props for their high protein content and omega-3s. Don't confuse them with their cannabis cousin grown for marijuana--this stuff doesn't come with a high ;) Sprinkle into smoothies and cereals.
1 Tbsp: 57 cal, 4 g fat, 3 g protein, 1 g carb, 1 g fiber.
Perhaps the next time you go to a grocery store, you can load up on a few of these seeds and give them a run for their money :D I LUV the Pumpkin seeds and Sunflower seeds! Bring them on!!
As I mentioned before, this summer I'm all about drinking smoothies! Starting this FRIDAY, I'm going to be adding a juice, smoothie, OR quencher recipe EVERY week for a YEAR (recipe will be listed at the bottom of post)!! It's a GREAT way to boost your immunity, rejuvenate your energy levels, and ENJOY luscious blends :)
Every recipe is easy to make AND most of them only require a few ingredients! WOOO WHOOO!!
You may want to purchase a binder and put ALL 365 recipes in 1 central location! I bought myself a binder in a fun color and I'm ready to start a daily juicing habit!! Are you with me?! LETS DO IT :D
Have a FITastic day!
See you back here on Fridayyyyy!!
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist