You may not be ready for a complete overhaul of your diet, and that is totally ok. You need to change at your own pace. However, have you ever considered adding healing, rejuvenating seeds to your salads or smoothies? This is a baby step towards healthy eating, and one that adds a massive health boost to your body. You will notice, and others will notice, better skin, less bloating and water retention, and even shiner hair.
We’re going to go over a few of the most common seeds that we love, and give you a recipe for a basic salad dressing that will make your greens and seeds combination become a mainstay in your weekly diet. Don’t ever compromise on taste when you are trying a new food!
Flax: Brown, Crunchy, with an Earthy flavor
Flax is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and is extremely rich in fiber, calcium and potassium. You can grind up the seeds and mix them into (sugar-free) baked goods, yogurt, and cereal to increase a feeling of energy and internal balance.
Chia: Slight flavor, Lots of texture!
These have very little flavor, but it is a unique one. They have a texture like poppy seeds until they soften in moisture to become creamy and thick. Just adding some fresh berries and maybe some shaved (85% cocoa) dark chocolate makes an amazingly healthy and delicious chia seed pudding. Chia contain omega-3 fatty acids which will increase your energy and even regulate your moods. They’re also full of fiber, calcium and protein so they will fill you up and make you feel like you are smiling with your guts!
Hemp: Nutty, Rich Flavor
This usually comes in the form of Hemp Hearts, and we recommend getting the organic kind if possible. The incredibly delicious nutty flavour make these an amazing addition to a green salad or smoothie. Rich with protein, you will find that hemp will fill you up faster when added to almost any food, and it’s also rich in essential amino and fatty acids, vitamins E and B. What does this mean in terms of benefits? It’s an amazing gift to your skin. People will notice your clear skin and your new healthy glow.
Sunflower: Nutty and Buttery!
Sunflowers are a hearty seed, rich in calcium, copper, and magnesium, this seed will improve your bone health and your mobility. They are a huge benefit to anyone suffering from arthritis or joint pain. Sunflower seeds also contain vitamin E and selenium, both powerful antioxidants that greatly slow the creation of free radicals which cause cell deterioration…also known as aging!
Poppy seeds: Crunchy and Powerful!
These are the most commonly known seeds, because they have long coated bagels and graced your mother’s lemon loaf! Try them on their own in a salad, however, and you will find they can alleviate coughs, nausea, swelling, and even reduce bags under your eyes! These seeds are also rich with riboflavin (or Vitamin B2) which alleviates migraines, folic acid which stimulates brain cell growth, calcium which strengthens your bones and teeth, magnesium which helps you absorb the calcium, and potassium which improves communication along your neurological system. That’s a lot in such a little package!
Sprouted seeds: A Fresh Tasting Superfood!
These are more like seeds in stage of growth and development, but they are packed with nutrients, making them a delicious, fresh-tasting superfood. Sprouted seeds are actively germinating, which makes them a source of stimulating enzymes, essential vitamins, and minerals. They will improve your digestion, speed up your metabolism, and their natural alkalizing properties will make you feel detoxed, and less acidic. The most common sprouted seeds are chia, sunflower, and hemp.
Are you ready to find out how to make an incredible salad with one or more of these superfoods?
Basic Salad Dressing
What you need to know about making your own vinaigrette is that there is a formula that forms the basis of all dressings:
2 parts acid, to 1 part oil, then add flavor
By acid we mean a vinegar, such as apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice.
By oil, we mean a healthy oil, such as olive oil, almond oil, or sesame oil.
By flavor, we mean the world is your oyster! Add fresh herbs, or dijon mustard, or maple syrup, honey or the juice of an orange if you are wanting something a little sweeter.
Our favourite go-to combination is as follows, for a greens and seeds salad:
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 teaspoon of dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of maple syrup (or honey if it’s easier and you are not vegan)
Mix these thoroughly and pour over a mixture of greens (baby spinach and baby kale are our favourites), sprouted seeds, hemp hearts and sunflower seeds. If you are feeling like adding some color, scrape an entire organic carrot into your bowl so that you have some beta-keratine to improve you eye function as well!
The best part of this combination is that the citrus in the salad dressing allows you to better absorb the iron from the spinach and kale, making this one helluva healthy and rejuvenating dish for your entire body at the cellular level.
Heal from the inside out! Like many forms of growth, it starts with a seed.
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