If you are not using seeds in your kitchen yet, it’s time to get on board. Don’t think seeds are best left for the birdd…they pack a punch of vitamins and add great texture to your dishes. If you are new to the world of seeds, start out with these four powerhouse seeds!
Sunflower seeds come from the sunflower plant, and have a nutty flavor with a crunchy texture. They can be toasted (which will enhance its nuttiness), or eaten raw. Sunflower seeds are high in vitamins and minerals (especially vitamin E and selenium), and also provide antioxidants. As a healthy snack, you can eat it straight from the packet. You can add them to scrambled eggs, salads, or even coleslaw, to provide the dish with extra crunch. It also makes a great topping for breads and muffins. They are also one of the more affordable types of seeds, so it’s good to always have a packet in the pantry.
Sesame seeds are eaten raw or toasted, and is often used as a topping for stir-fried noodles. If you like to experiment in the kitchen, you can make your own sesame milk. Simply soak 1 part sesame seeds in 2 parts water overnight. Blend in a food processor, strain through a cheesecloth, and enjoy! Sesame seeds are a great source of vitamin B, fiber, and protein, so it’s a good idea to add it to dishes where you can.
Pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas) are inexpensive and also quite versatile. You can use them as a salad topping (they provide a delicious crunch), and also add them to breads or muffins. Next time you make a pumpkin soup, finish it off with a few toasted pumpkin seeds. They are high in protein and magnesium, and make a great addition to your diet.
Chia seeds have become very popular lately due to their use in overnight oats. They have the ability to absorb moisture, and when this happens, they get a gel-like texture, somewhat similar to caviar. This moisture-absorbing ability also makes them useful for making set puddings. What makes chia seeds so special and unique, is that they contain a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. They’re very good for the heart as well as your overall health! If you are eating chia seeds mainly for their health benefits, you can make chia water. Simply soak ¼ cup chia seeds in 4 cups of water for half an hour. To make it tasty, you can add some freshly chopped fruit. Chia seeds are easily stored and can keep for a long time in a dry pantry. You can also use chia seeds as an egg replacement in recipes. To replace one egg, mix 1 Tbsp ground chia seeds with 1 Tbsp water.
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