I am a big fan of raw seeds for building strength and increasing your energy.
These crunchy beauties pack a powerful nutritional punch! I eat seeds almost every day. Raw seeds are one of my favorite foods to enjoy because they completely satisfy my hunger without weighing me down or making me tired.
Raw seeds provide our bodies with tons of life giving nutrients in a small energy filled package.
Raw seeds are versatile and can be enjoyed in many different ways.
Many raw seeds do contain enzyme inhibitors which protect them from germinating or sprouting until the right conditions are met. Soaking raw seeds in water will remove their enzyme inhibitors and make them easier to digest.
Sprouting the seeds after soaking turns them into a living food and boosts their nutritional content which is so amazing! If you include more living foods into your weekly diet, it will make a difference in your health.
My 3 favorite seeds for boosting your strength and energy include hemp, pumpkin, and chia seeds.
Hemp seeds are one of my favorite super seeds because of their great nutty taste and amazing nutritional profile. Hemp seeds are protein rich and contain all the essential amino acids.
Hemp has 26 minerals including sulfur, calcium, magnesium, silicon, potassium, and zinc.
Hemp seeds are a sustainable crop and a good source of essential fatty acids with the perfect balance between omega-3 and omega-6.
Enjoy hemp seeds on their own or use in smoothies, on top of hot cereal, in salads, made into hemp butter or hemp milk, and in raw chocolate treats.
Pumpkin seeds or Pepitas have a crunchy texture and savory taste that is hard to resist. Pumpkin seeds provide your body with protein, phytonutrients, magnesium, zinc, iron, antioxidants like beta-carotene, B vitamins, and the amino acid tryptophan.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in fiber and contain oleic fatty acids, along with omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids.
Enjoy pumpkin seeds on their own, in trail mix, in smoothies, made into pumpkin seed butter or pumpkin seed milk, on top of hot cereal, on top of yogurt, and in salads.
Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. In the Mayan language chia stands for strength.These tiny super seeds are hydrophilic or water loving and can absorb many times their weight in water which makes them extremely hydrating to the body.
Chia seed’s high level of nutrients helps build strength and endurance which makes them the perfect food for physically active people and athletes.
Chia seeds contain protein, all the essential amino acids, calcium, magnesium, antioxidants, potassium, B vitamins, high amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, and soluble fiber which make these seeds a potent superfood. Chia seeds have a mild taste and crunchy texture that turns into gel when added to a liquid.
Enjoy chia seeds in smoothies, in puddings, in kombucha tea, in sauces, in fruit kefir beverages, in fresh vegetable juices, in homemade jams, on top of hot cereal, in salad dressings, in cookies, made into chia butter, on top of yogurt, and in salads.
I hope that this information will convince you to try these super seeds and reap all the health benefits they provide.
I will be posting recipes featuring these wonderful seeds so check back soon.
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