Thursday, March 1, 2012
Seeds and Dinner
What's the connection? Well, seeds don't just belong in the garden, they belong at the dinner table as well. Pumpkin seeds (toasted), sesame seeds, flaxseeds, poppy seeds, caraway seeds, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds are loaded with nutrients and are such good additions to the dinner salad. Just look at these health benefits:
PUMPKIN: They're a rich source of healthy minerals, protein, and mono-saturated fat (the good fat). They help protect against arthritis because of their anti-inflammatory benefits, and their phytosterols lower cholesterol. The latest research shows they also protect against prostate cancer.
SESAME: These are rich in copper (provides relief for rheumatoid arthritis), calcium (a bone builder that also prevents colon cancer, migraines, and PMS), magnesium (supports vascular and respiratory health), and zinc (like calcium, also prevents osteoporosis).
POPPY SEEDS: This teensy black seed is another rich source of calcium, these seeds are also rich in iron, copper, manganese, potassium, zinc, and magnesium. They're also a rich source of B-complex vitamins.
SUNFLOWER: Their phytosterols lower cholesterol; their magnesium calms nerves; and their selenium helps with detoxification and helps prevent cancer.
So until next time, here's to family dinner made easy as we serve up a few seeds at the table!