Grind Your Seeds for Easy Nutrition
Grind your seeds to add easy nutrition to your day by putting them in oatmeal, smoothies and salads. Some seeds you can grind easily in a small food processor include sesame seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
Ground flax meal is easily found at health food stores but can also just as easily go rancid so best to grind your own. Store them in small mason jars in the refrigerator to keep them fresh. Only grind as much as you can use over a week. Pick a day during the week to do your grinding so that you have a fresh supply to add to your meals through the week.
By grinding seeds, we increase the chance that we will make it a habit to add these power nutrient sources to our meals instead of simply eating them out of hand, which could lead to overconsumption of calories. The grinding process also can make the nutrition more available to your body as they are digested when we add them to foods like salads and smoothies.
Each seed has its own nutrition profile and flavor. Flax seeds contain healthy fats in the form of Omega-3 fatty acids and Lignans which have been shown to stop tumor growth. Sesame seeds are a good source of copper, manganese and calcium. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of antioxidants, magnesium, zinc and iron. Sunflower seeds offer Vitamin E and other minerals.
Seeds are an excellent way to boost your daily nutrition. Are you a seed eater? What are your favorites?