Seeds provide a source of protein, fiber and many essential vitamins and minerals. They are also high in carbohydrates and oils, but should be eaten in moderation.
Be sure to store them in airtight containers, away from light and in a cool, dry place. It’s probably a good idea to store them in the refrigerator or freezer to stop them from becoming stale and nasty tasting.
- Flax Seeds – are eaten whole with nutritional benefits that increase when they are ground in a blender or coffee grinder. Whole seeds keep well at room temperature. Ground seeds should be used immediately or refrigerated in an airtight container. Flax seeds contain a healthy amount of soluble and insoluble fiber and contains omega-fatty 3 acids.
- Pumpkin Seeds – Can be eaten raw or cooked in both sweet and savory dishes. Rich in protein, iron, zinc, and phosphorus.
- Sesame Seeds – Have so many uses and used in so many cultural dishes. The oil used for cooking and salads, toasted and turned into a paste for tahini. It is a good source of protein and calcium.
- Sunflower Seeds – A plant that belongs to the daisy family, the seeds can be eaten whole, raw or cooked. A great addition to breads, cakes, salads and cereals. A good source of phosphorus and potassium.