Chia seeds are high on fiber which makes them extremely tummy friendly. When the fiber in chia meets the digestive juices in your guts, together they work to improve your blood-sugar levels and fill you up, keeping those junk cravings at bay. Chia seeds also contain omega-3 fatty acids, iron and calcium all of which are essential nutrients and work to add to your bone density.
Use them in: You can use chia seeds in smoothies, granola bars and salads.
Sesame seeds are a lot of good things but most of all they are a dairy-free source of calcium and that makes it one important ingredient for those that are lactose intolerant. Plus its iron, zinc, manganese and copper content pave way for a lot of enzymatic reactions that produce energy, keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in check.
Use them in: You can consume sesame seeds as a sprinkle on your salads and with your meat dishes. You can also eat it with roast or grilled vegetables, grilled salmon and even breads.
Pumpkin seeds are laden with iron, zinc, vitamins, magnesium and a punch of protein all of which respectively work to keep your nails, hair and bones healthy and boost your immunity.
Use them in: Pumpkin seeds are ideal for garnish over your oatmeal and salads. You can also relish it with yoghurt or use it in your stir-fry and meat dishes.
Flax seeds are a nutritional giant that are full of soluble fiber and omega-3 fatty acids that lower your cholesterol levels and are beneficial for your brain health. The health benefits of flax seeds are many; they curb anxiety, help control blood pressure, boost eye health and maintain cardiovascular health.
Use them in: You can add ground flax seeds and add them to pretty much any dough you make; pancakes, breads or rotis. You can also add ground flax seeds to your cereals and shakes. Also use these to garnish your salads and oatmeal.
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