Top seeds

chia-heartSeeds are a great way to boost your fibre, protein and good fats. Here’s a lowdown on the best ones:

Chia: packed with protein, calcium and omega 3 and fibre. Prevents blood sugar spikes.

Sunflower: rich in the essential polyunsaturated fat omega-6 and very high levels of vitamin E, an antioxidant. Also high in plant sterols for a cholesterol-lowering effect.

Pumpkin: rich in zinc for fertility, immune boosting and cancer protection. Also high iron levels for energy and healthy blood cells. Good source of omega-3, folate and magnesium that help to maintain heart health.

Sesame: good source of plant fibres and sterols to help lower cholesterol. Particularly rich in copper, which is good for reducing inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. Contain large amount of calcium so useful for non-dairy eaters.

Flax: aka linseed, rich in essential fatty acids 3, 6 and 9. Excellent source of soluble fibre for a healthy gut.

Hemp: high levels of essential fatty acids and rich in protein and the antioxidant vitamin E.

Add a handful of seeds to salads, porridge, muesli, yoghurt or stir-fry or add them to bread. Endless possibilities!

flaxseeds, rhubarb, blueberries and yoghurt

flaxseeds, rhubarb, blueberries and yoghurt

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