What are Benefits Eating Sunflower Seeds?
That’s an easy one to answer. This inexpensive seed is packed with nutrients. And that is so good for you. The benefits eating Sunflower seeds are many and varied. These seeds are an outstanding source of vitamin E and will easily provide your dietary vitamin E requirement. Vitamin E functions as an antioxidant. Vitamin E helps to reduce inflammation and promotes a healthy immune system.
Sunflower seeds also provide a nice amount of folate, iron, manganese, selenium, vitamin B6, zinc, protein, and fiber and essential linoleic acid. The healthy fats in these seeds can also keep your appetite more regular and like all seeds they contain a concentration of nutrients.
Sunflower seeds can keep hearts healthy and cholesterol levels low. That’s because these seeds have a high fat content that’s good for the body.
How do I add Sunflower Seeds to my diet?
You can sprinkle a tablespoon of these over yogurt or even in a bowl of hot oatmeal. They also add a delicious flavor when sprinkled on top of a green salad at lunch. It gives it an extra crunch and adds a good splash of healthy fat. It just makes salad a bit more interesting. If you opt for premade packs of these check the salt content. I like them freshly toasted with no salt. This seed is fun to eat. I sometimes eat them by the handful. But I’ve learned writing this post that as with everything, we should be moderate since they are high in calories.
Where do you get these healthy seeds?
You can buy them from the bulk seed section at the Grocery store. If you buy the raw shelled ones, it’s easy to see and smell if they are fresh or not.
If you buy them in bulk in the shells, make sure they have clean unbroken shells. Make sure they are crisp and don’t smell old. If you buy them already shelled, make sure to buy from a store that carries fresh often refilled seed bins.
How do I prepare these?
Place shelled sunflower seeds into a baking pan or on a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 425 on the broil setting. Put the pan half filled with these little seeds and wait 7 to 10 minutes or when you smell a wonderful toasty smell mmm wonderful to smell. Then take the pan out stir to mix, then put back in the oven, wait just a few more minutes, remove from oven, make sure most are toasted just a bit. (If you prefer you can also toast on the stovetop by heating on low in a saucepan and stirring occasionally for about 5 to 7 minutes.) Careful these are so addictive and with no salt. Of course, you can lightly add salt if you like. But Sunflower seeds taste great just toasted with nothing on them. You can snack on these if you’re craving something salty or chip like. This does away with that craving. Sunflower seeds will also keep you full.
More Sunflower Seed Tips
Try adding to muffins, breads or in cookie recipes. Do you sauté veggies on the stove top? If so then sprinkle some toasted seeds on these.
Why not try these raw or toasted? And please do let me know what you think by leaving a note below.