Seeds. My better half chuckles when they turn up on his plate and calls them “bird food”. I prefer to raise their profile and describe them as a yummy, nutritious and useful addition to the pantry and meal repertoire.
I use a variety of seeds in my cooking but mainly depend on chia seeds (black and white), flax seeds, sesame and sometimes sunflower & poppy seeds. I use them in baking, in stir fries, as a garnish or an oatmeal topping. See, they’re really versatile!
Here’s a quick lowdown on the health benefits of seeds:
- Chia: High in fiber and a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids, great for good digestive health and a health heart respectively.
- Flax: Supremely nutrient dense, they contain the minerals manganese and copper. Manganese is important for good bone structure and for helping build healthy bones. Copper is important for keeping the immune system working efficiently and also for producing red blood cells.
- Sesame: Good source of protein for vegetarians as well as being a decent source of healthy fats.
For details of these meal ideas and recipes, see below: