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Healthy snacking: The super seeds to include in your diet

Jan 13, 2021 13:20 IST

They may be small but they’re powerhouses of vitamins and minerals required by the body. Include these seeds in your snacking regimen and let the magic unfold! 

From omega-3 fats to fibre and iron, chia seeds have it all and could, in fact, replace eggs if you’re vegan. To maximise their benefit, soak them overnight and add to another food item to eat. Sprinkle some over a salad, add them in your smoothie or simply make chia pudding and enjoy. 

Rich in magnesium, which is essential for sleep regulation, a regular intake of pumpkin seeds could help improve your sleep cycle. They are also great sources of antioxidants like vitamin E, K, B and carotenoids. Eat them raw, roasted or add them to your salads! 

Brown or golden, flax seeds are loaded with nutrients and give you the required omega-3 fats needed by the body. They could help safeguard you from heart trouble as well as the occurrence of stroke. Pick from some favourites – flaxseed smoothie, raita or even flaxseed oil can do wonders. 

Protein-rich sesame seeds could help stabilise your blood pressure and contain nutrients vital for bone health. These seeds and their oil have anti-inflammatory properties and the high content of vitamin B boosts metabolism. Binge on sesame laddus or a delicious sesame toast! 

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