There are many seeds which have high levels of nutrients. Including fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. These seeds are categorized as superfoods and more specifically called super seeds. While many other foods contain the same kind of nutrients, superfoods contain more nutrients than many of these other foods. Superseeds as with any other superfoods allow your body to get several nutrients that your body needs while improving the condition of your health. Super seeds have high amounts of antioxidants which helps to fight infections in the body and treats many health conditions. Each superseed to be mentioned has a distinct and rich taste. Some of these seeds for smoothies will help you to feel satisfied for longer. It will also provide a creamy texture to smoothies and will be sure to deliver amazing weight loss results.
Chia seeds are known as an ancient superfood which is said to have been used by the Incan, Mayan and Aztec. Chia seeds are tiny healthy seeds which are either black are white in color. These seeds has no flavor and attain its taste from whatever foods or beverages you add it to. Chia seeds have high amount of fiber, healthy omega 3 fat and protein. Getting certain amount of healthy fat in your diet is ideal. Whole chia seeds have 138 calories per 1 ounce serving. Per 1 ounce serving, chia seeds have 9 grams of fat, of which 7 grams are polyunsaturated fat and 0.7 grams are monounsaturated fat. These are healthy fats which are good for your body. The mentioned serving of chia seeds also has a low amount of saturated fat (bad fat), 0.9 gram to be exact. Chia seeds have 10 grams of dietary fiber and 4.7 grams of protein per ounce. It also have calcium, magnesium, vitamin B and antioxidants.
This kind of super seed aids and improves your digestive system, supports hearth and bone health, helps with weight loss, fights cancer, boosts energy and metabolism, helps to get rid of toxins and supports skin health. Chia seeds have high amount of soluble fiber and when consumed expands in the stomach. The soluble fiber in chia seeds helps to curb appetite and keeps you fuller for longer. The protein content in chia seeds also aids with keeping you full. This is perfect to add to your smoothies, especially if you’re on a weight loss journey as it keeps hunger away and allows you to eat less. When chia seeds are placed in water, a jellylike texture is formed and it is easily digested. The swollen seeds help to keep you feeling full for longer. You may soak chia seeds in water for 15-30 minutes and use the jelly mixture in smoothies. Or you may sprinkle dry seeds on your made smoothies. You may use chia seeds in your smoothies as whole or in grounded form. The recommended dose of chia seeds is 1 ounce per day.
The origin of flaxseeds is said to be from the Middle East. Flaxseeds are available in two colors, golden or brown. Flaxseeds support the skin and hair, boost energy, lower cholesterol, aid in weight loss, fight cancer and support digestive system health. Flaxseeds are very high in antioxidants, lignans, which supports the immune system and balance hormone levels. The high antioxidant level along with the soluble fiber in flaxseeds help to control appetite and keeps blood sugar levels stable. You will be able to feel satisfied for a longer time. There are 151 calories in 1 ounce of flaxseed. 12 grams of fat, of which 8 grams is polyunsaturated, 2 grams is monounsaturated and a low 1 gram of saturated fat. There are 8 grams of dietary fiber and 5 grams of protein in the same serving size of 1 ounce. This super seed also contains potassium, manganese, calcium, magnesium and zinc.
Flaxseeds has an earthy and nutty flavor. Flaxseeds are more digestible when soaked. So to prepare flaxseed gel for smoothies, soak flaxseeds in water for 10 minutes to an hour. It is recommended to consume 1 ounce of flaxseed per day. You may also sprinkle flaxseeds onto made smoothies. Flaxseeds are harder to chew as whole, so many people prefer to consume them when soaked or grounded.
Hemp seeds are from the Cannabis sativa plant, just as marijuana. But has less than 1% of THC (a mind-altering element found in the Cannabis), so consuming it will not get you high. Hemps seeds are small, soft and enclosed in a shell. Whole hemps seeds are crunchy and has a light nutty and earthy flavor. You do not need to soak hemp seeds before adding them to your smoothies as they are soft enough to be consumed raw. Hemps seeds are a good source of protein and healthy fat. 1 ounce of hemp seeds contains 160 calories, 10 grams of protein and 12 grams of fat. Of the fat content, 9 grams are polyunsaturated fat, 3 grams are monounsaturated fat and 1 gram is saturated fat. This super seed also contains fiber, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin B, vitamin E, sulphur and magnesium. Hemp seeds boost energy levels, support skin, hair and nail health, heal wounds, reduce inflammation and pain, support hearth health and fight cancer. The rich protein content and fiber content also helps with controlling carvings and satisfying appetite, which are all important factors when trying to lose weight. For the reason of adding hemp seeds to your smoothies, you may purchase shelled hemp seeds or whole hemp seeds. The recommended dosage of hemp seeds daily is 2 ounces.
Sabja seeds also called sweet basil seeds are native to tropical regions of Asia. Sabja seeds resemble chia seeds but are crunchier and is black in color. This super seed has a mild, light taste. This super seed is loaded with fiber, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamin E. Sabja seeds support hair and skin health, aid in digestion, lower cholesterol, improve brain health, regulate blood sugar level, reduce inflammation, cool down the body, treat respiratory issues and help with detoxifying the body. Sabja seeds can be hard to chew so it better to soak them in water before consuming. When soaked in water sabja seeds absorb the water and swell up larger than chia seeds and create a jelly-like substance. When sabja seeds swell, they become twice their original size. Soak in water for 15 minutes to 30 minutes. You may then use the jelly-like mixture in your smoothies. One ounce of sabja seeds contain 67 calories, 23 grams of protein, 4 grams of fat and 23 grams of dietary fiber. You may purchase whole sabja seeds. You may consume 1 ounce of sabja seeds daily to gain all its benefits.
Sacha Inchi Seeds
Sacha inchi seeds are native of South America and found in the Amazon rain forest. Sacha inchi Seeds has a dark brown color and resemble peanut, but are more nutritious. This super seed is good for treating wounds, lowers cholesterol, helps with weight loss, supports brain, bone and heart health, controls blood sugar level, reduces inflammation and supports eye, hair and skin health. This seed produces serotonin, a feel good hormone involved in regulating appetite. Sacha inchi seeds are high in protein, omega 3 fats and fiber. Sacha inchi seeds also have iron, vitamin E, potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A and antioxidant properties. Sacha inchi seeds have 170 calories, 13 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in a 1 ounce serving. Of this 1 ounce serving with 13 grams of fat, 10 grams are polyunsaturated fat, 2 grams are monounsaturated fat and 2 grams are saturated fat. This super seed has a unique nutty or woody taste. You may add the whole sacha inchi seeds to smoothie to give it that crunchy feel in your mouth. You may consume 1 to 2 ounces of sacha inchi seeds daily.
These superseeds are some of nature’s best nutrient dense foods. It is easy to add any of these seeds to your meals, especially when trying to lose weight. So now that you know the benefits, uses and preparation of these superseeds, I assume you’re now ready to begin incorporating them into your daily diet or smoothies. Every drop of your super seed rich smoothies will sure provide you with great benefits and nutrition. Your body will get the boost and energy needed to take on the day. Do keep in mind that soaking any of these seeds for longer than a day may lessen their nutritional value. If you have whole seeds then you may need to grind them in a coffee grinder or seed grinder. When buying any of the mentioned super seeds choose organic brands. You may find superseeds for purchase online or in local health food stores. Start off with consuming small amount of these seeds as consuming too much may cause a laxative effect, because of their fiber content.