When you think of healthy snacks, one of the first thing that you are likely to grab is a mixed bag of almonds, raisins, walnuts, figs along with flaxseeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds etc. Seeds are simply amazing little POWERHOUSES of goodness and eating seeds regularly will only help them layer in the goodness. Seeds are extremely versatile and can be incorporated easily into a variety of different recipes. They are great sources of plant-based protein which contain high levels of essential fatty acids, the full profile of amino acids needed to form complete and digestible protein, plus vitamins A, B, C and E and the minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Dried fruits contain high amounts of beta carotene, vitamin E, iron, magnesium, potassium, proteins, minerals and dietary fibre. Nuts are also rich in magnesium which helps to control BP and sugar cravings and its deficiency affects liver function and also leads to anxiety and insomnia. Both walnuts and peanuts have cholesterol-lowering properties and pistachios help stabilise blood sugar levels. Walnuts also have omega-3 fatty acids and strengthen kidney function. Raisins improve bone health because of their calcium and boron content, both of which are necessary for proper bone formation while dates improve intestinal health. Dried figs prevent anemia as they have iron.
They can enhance weight loss by speeding up the body’s metabolism and allowing the feeling of satiation for a long period of time. These foods also contain a number of essential nutrients that can improve brain function, mental development and even better digestion! They provide a nice and healthy snack option during cravings for less healthy foods. Also, there are numerous recipes that are prepared with seeds. Include these recipes and innovate yourself to reap all the benefits that the seeds are bestowed with!
Try them in cooking to flavour as a garnish, sprinkled over your breakfast cereal, in salads or soups.The fact that they’re delicious and nutritious at the same time means they should definitely be included in your diet plan!