When you think of health food chances are you don’t think seeds. Seeds are among the most overlooked health foods around. Seeds are high in protein and fiber and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Here are 4 nutritious seeds you probably could be consuming more, and some easy ways to make that happen.

  • Think meat is the best source of protein? Think again. Pumpkin seeds are a great alternative source of protein. They are alos high in vitamin B and have L-tryptophan, best known for boosting mood and fighting depression. The easiest way to eat this seed is roasted.
  • Sesame seeds add a nutty taste and a delicate crunch to many Asian dishes. They also are the main ingredients in tahini (sesame seed paste). They are a great source of calcium, iron, vitamin B, zinc, and fiber. Try this delicious Asian Style Snow Pea recipe.
  • Sunflower seeds contain vitamin E, magnesium, and selenium. Incorporating them into your diet can be as simple as sprinkling them on a salad (egg, tuna, chicken). You also can soak them overnight and blend them into soups or grind them to make sunflower seed butter, a tasty alternative to peanut butter.
  • Cumin seeds have a nutty, peppery flavor and play an important role in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Cumin is rich in iron, magnesium, and other vitamins and minerals. Try this Cumin and Agave Grilled Chicken Thighs recipe.

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the subject matter nor a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your primary care physician or healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program.

Active Medi-Weightloss® patients should consult the experts at their location on whether the foods and recipes mentioned are appropriate for their stage of the program. When enjoying seeds (from Week 2 on), count them as a healthy fat. The serving size is 1 Tbsp.