Nuts and seeds. They're good for you. But there are so many to choose from... what the heck is the difference? What's the big deal??
To catch up on what the big deal is and read tips for nut use, take a look at this post. If you missed it, here's the brief version: Protein (YES! Muscle repair!), Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Skin! Nails! Hair!), Fibers (Fitness! Digestion! Filling!), and Lignans (Disease-preventing!). All good things and ALL found in nuts and seeds!
The Nuts And Seeds Gang:
Over the next few weeks, stop by for eight posts about nuts and seeds, how to incorporate them into your diet, which ones are best, and recipes for use...
Sunflower Seeds: Here Comes The Sun...
- WHAT'S GOOD:
Great source of Vitamin E, anti-inflammatory, and a great source of essential fatty acids. High fiber, high protein.
- THE SUMMARY:
A delicious addition to salads and trail mix, Sunflower Seeds neutralize free radicals and alleviate the symptoms of asthma, arthritis, and any conditions where inflammation is part of the issue. Sunflower seeds are also known to decrease the incidences of hot flashes in women.
- CAUTION:As with any nut, be careful! Don't eat too many. They're high in calories!
- CALORIES IN 1/4 CUP: 186
- HOW TO EAT IT:
Some sunflower seeds are sold unshelled (aka with the shell still on). Don't forget to remove it! To remove shells, grind them slightly (enough to break them out of their shells) and then dump them into a bowl of water, where the shells will float and the seeds ill sink. If purchasing shelled seeds, avoid yellowish seeds (which may have "gone rancid").
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