Benefits of Adding Seeds To Your Diet
by Christopher Burger
Seeds are considered to be one of the top superfoods that everyone should consider adding to their diet. Chia seeds, hemp, and flax are easy to add to your current diet and offer so many nutritional benefits. Here are some benefits you can expect from adding more seeds to your diet, as well as some of the easiest ways to incorporate them into your meals.
A Source of Healthy Fats
While you may not think of seeds being a fatty food, you’ll be surprised by the amount of good fats in seeds such as chia. These are healthy fats that our bodies need to function. For example, chia seeds are rich in ALA, which is the healthy omega-3 fatty acid. As well as adding more texture and interest to your meals, they’ll keep you feeling full longer and offer many other benefits to your overall health.
Rich in Omega-3
For anyone following a plant-based diet, it can sometimes be tricky to get enough omega-3 fatty acids in your meals. Hemp, chia and flaxseeds are all excellent sources of omega-3 which help to lower blood pressure and slow the development of plaque within our arteries.
Rich in Protein
If you are looking to lose weight or maintain your current weight, protein is essential to keep you feeling full for longer. Flaxseeds are one of the best sources of protein for individuals on a vegan or vegetarian diet, and they are also packed with fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Protein helps our cells to grow and repair, and it’s a crucial component of any balanced diet.
High in Fiber
Chia and flax seeds are both excellent sources of fiber. Regular consumption of seeds helps promote digestive regularity and encourages healthy gut microbiota and minimizes the time that waste will spend inside our intestines. If you are carb conscious, be sure to consider fiber counts as a way to calculate net carbs in your serving sizes. For example, our Acai Bowl contains 42g carbohydrates, but a whopping 11g of fiber, yielding only 31 net carbs for a hearty oatmeal breakfast!
Ways to Add More Seeds To Your Diet
If you are now inspired to add more seeds into your diet, you are probably looking for more ways to do so. At Alternative Oats, we’ve incorporated seeds into all of our oatmeal blends, making it easy to enjoy a nutrient-rich breakfast each morning. For example, in our original blend, you’ll find organic coconut flax and organic chia, both of which add to the texture and flavor of our oats. Another great way we love adding seeds is in smoothies, where you can simply blend them with your favorite fruits and yogurt. You could also sprinkle many different types of seeds on top of your dinner, for example, when you are eating a salad or stir fry.
It’s so easy to add more seeds into your diet when you know how, and now that you can see all of the benefits of seeds, you’ll want to ensure you are getting a good dose of this nutrient-rich food each day. Alternative Oats products all contain seeds, offering you a quick and easy way to increase your seed intake.