Saturday, June 26, 2010
Seeds are a great way to add more nutrients to a gluten-free diet..or any diet really. Seeds are not common allergens, so people who are nut sensitive can eat them and be safe.
There are several seeds that are rich in hard to get nutrients...such as omega-3 essential fatty acids. Flax seeds are well known for this benefit. It's best to grind whole flax seed to get the best of what they offer.
Hemp and chia have a good balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and one of few sources of gamma-linolenic acid, an anti-inflammatory fat that many take in supplement form. Hemp is also rich in fiber and have complete protein with all the essential amino acids.
Chia seeds are a member of the mint family. They are easily digested, have high fiber levels, and can absorb so much water that they help release carbohydrates slowly into the bloodstream; this can help reduce food cravings.
Seeds are delicious sprinkled on cereal, salads, yogurt, and the comfort food...mac and cheese.
Also great as a hand to mouth snack.
Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of many vitamins and minerals...one being L-tryptophan...which has been shown to alleviate depression.
So...introduce seeds into your family's daily intake and know you are giving them a good dose of health.
Sage Hill has an awesome salad/vegetable/mac&cheese sprinkler.
Salad Mix contains: dried chives, sunflower seeds and a bit of seas salt.
Thanks for reading~