Weight loss meal plans should include lots of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and fish, as well as complex carbohydrates. But, they can be enriched by adding some of the new super seeds.
Some of the most popular super seeds include chia seeds, flaxseeds and hemp seeds. They are being added to many foods. They are also readily available in health food stores. You can even find them in many grocery stores.
Get a Health Bonus by Enriching Your Weight Loss Meal Plans with Super Seeds
If you watched the Winter Olympics this year you witnessed a spectacular display of explosive power from USA’s four-foot-eight star gymnast Simone Biles. Super seeds are kind of like Simone. They pack an exceptional nutritional punch into a very tiny package. That’s why they’re a great addition to weight loss meal plans.
Weight Loss Meal Plans with Super Seeds
What are Super Seeds?
The term super seeds refers to nutrient-dense, edible seeds. They contain high levels of vitamins and minerals, which provide healthy nourishment.
One tablespoon of a super seed contains only about 50 calories while providing a balanced mix of two grams each of protein, fat, and fiber. These tiny kernels may just be nature’s perfect food.
Although super seeds are currently enjoying a renaissance as a trendy health food, they’ve been consumed worldwide for thousands of years. For example, flax was cultivated in Mesopotamia 10,000 years ago, where it was used both as a food and a medicine.
Three Super Seeds to Add to Your Healthy Weight Loss Meal Plans
1. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are the magic behind the “chia pet” which was popular in the 1980s and grew “fur” when you watered it. As it turns out, we should have been eating them all along because these tiny seeds are very high in dietary fiber and provide a good source of calcium for bone strength. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids, which keep our hearts healthy.
Consuming chia seeds may help decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and regulate blood sugar in type 2 diabetics. Other studies show that chia seeds prolong feelings of fullness and regulate blood glucose levels. Research on chia flour shows it to be effective in reducing blood pressure in people suffering from hypertension.
If you soak chia seeds overnight, they turn into mini tapioca balls that are perfect for adding bulk to pancakes, puddings, banana breads, or smoothies.
Flaxseeds come from an annual plant. These little brown seeds were used by the ancient Egyptians for food and medicine. Due to their high fiber content, flaxseeds are a well know remedy for constipation. Just one tablespoon satisfies 11% of our daily fiber needs. They are also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and anemia-preventing iron.
The research on flaxseeds demonstrates that they can help prevent breast cancer and ease menopausal symptoms. They also help lower cholesterol and treat high blood pressure.
Grind flaxseeds and then sprinkle them on cereal or yogurt. Flaxseeds can be used to replace eggs in pancakes and baked goods.
3. Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are technically a nut and come from the same species of plant that produces marijuana, but don’t contain THC. Hemp seeds stand out as one of the few plant-based complete sources of protein. They provide generous amounts of antioxidants and omega-3 fats to protect our hearts, as well as Vitamin E to fight inflammation.
The research on the health benefits of hemp seeds is relatively sparse because of the inaccurate association with marijuana. Still, there are indications that hemp seeds may prove valuable for treatment of cardiovascular disease, and to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
To use hemp seeds, sprinkle them over salads or add them to your morning granola. You can also add them to baked goods for an instant protein and fiber boost.
A slightly different version of this article first appeared in LifetimeDaily.com