Most of us know to incorporate nuts into our diet, but seeds are just as important. Seeds are tiny superfoods packed with vitamins and minerals that can aid weight loss and help you build muscle mass.
You can easily incorporate them into you diet by whizzing them up in your morning smoothie or sprinkling them on top of soups or salads.
Here are five super-seeds you should add to your daily diet immediately:
1. Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds have more zinc than any other seed, which is important for fat burning. Zinc also helps the body produce more testosterone which can help you build muscle.
The flesh of a pumpkin can also help you beat the bulge. Dr Seth Rankin, founder of London Doctors Clinic, spoke to us about how the nutritious vegetable can leave you feeling fuller for longer.
He said: “Fibre is essential for a healthy digestive system and ensuring regular bowel movements.
“The good news is that pumpkins have 0.5g of fibre per 100g, meaning you will feel less tempted to snack between meals.”
2. Hemp seeds
Theses seeds are great for weight loss and brain function.
Hemp contains almost 12 grams of protein in just 3 tbsp – which helps boost muscle growth – and omega 3, which helps burn fat in the body.
3. Chia seeds
These tiny seeds can easily be added to any meal or smoothie and the are great for weight loss.
Chia seeds are full of fibre, magnesium, potassium, iron and are low in fat. They will help suppress your appetite and leave you feeling energised for longer.
4. Sunflower seeds
These are great sprinkled on a salad or soup. Sunflower seeds are so beneficial because they are filled with vitamin E, which acts as a powerful antioxidant.
They are also packed with magnesium, which helps to energise you leading to higher calorie burn.
5. Flax seeds
These tiny powerhouses are one of the best sources of omega 3.
Omega 3 fats help your body burn fat, and regulatse insulin levels in the body. They also contain plenty of iron, protein and fibre.
Source: Daily Star