Mekomee Eats Magazine
Seeds So Spectacular
Supplements to Live By
By Ilana Lotan
Alright, so let’s stick to discussing supplements shall we? I spoke about spirulina in my previous post, and realized something a few days later. Not everyone, especially people living in a cold climate area such as myself, will want to drink a cold smoothie every day. Understandable. Really. I get it! So, let’s discuss some supplements that are: flavor free (or very lightly flavored), extremely easy to use and are so incredibly healthy! I kid you not when I say that there isn’t a day that goes by that I do not use hemp seeds, chia seeds, or flaxseeds. You guys, these three seeds are SO healthy for you and are just so freaking easy to add into any meal. But before I give you some of my own personal suggestions, let’s break it down and understand what all the fuss is about, ok?
Hemp seeds, or hemp hearts as they’re often referred to, are an awesome source of protein and are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. The seeds, which are technically a nut, may reduce the risk of heart disease, skin disorders, and symptoms of PMS and menopause. In comparison to chia seeds and flaxseeds which provide about 16-18% of a protein source, more than 25% of the hemp seeds total calories are from high quality protein! In terms of the flavor, to me personally, the flavor is extremely mild with a slightly nutty hint to it.
Next up, is chia seeds. There has been so much buzz about chia seeds in the past five/ten years, am I right? These tiny black seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet and are packed with protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and other micronutrients. They have incredibly important benefits for your body and brain and are loaded with antioxidants. They can even improve exercise performance. Perhaps the best thing about chia seeds though is that they taste completely bland, allowing us to add them to pretty much anything. Not kidding! They also don’t need to be ground up like flaxseeds do, so they’re super easy to use.
Last but not least are flaxseeds. Similar to the other two seeds, these also provide a great amount of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as lots of vitamins and minerals. Flaxseeds may improve cholesterol, lower blood pressure, aid in weight control, and even lower the risk of certain types of cancer. It’s important that you eat ground flaxseeds as they are much easier to digest. Flaxmeal is easy to find everywhere, but you can always just grind them at home. These definitely have the most flavor out of the three, but even so it’s very mild and kind of nutty.
Ok, so now that we have a broad understanding of these seeds, how do we use them? I like using all three on top of my toasts, specifically avocado toast. I also use all three in my smoothies as well as my oatmeal since everything gets mixed together anyways! Individually, I find hemp to be yummiest in what I just mentioned, and also salads. I’ll occasionally mix it in with a rice dish. Chia seeds on the other hand, I add to almost everything. Like really guys, everything. They don’t taste like anything and you don’t actually feel the seeds like you would feel strawberry seeds for example. You can soak them in juice to create your own home made chia pudding, or add them to any kind of baked goods you might be making! Because of their ability to absorb water and fat, they can be used to thicken sauces and can even be used as an egg substitute! Flax meal on the other hand definitely does not go on top of everything. I usually stick to sweeter kind of foods with flax meal, but that’s just me! There’s no specific recipe to give here, as these three seeds are so easy to use. Vegan or not, these seeds are just an awesome way to make sure you get that extra boost of protein on a daily basis.
As always, get creative and don’t be afraid to try them out! Sprinkle them on top of everything, and slowly get a feel for what works for you!