Incorporating new changes into your diet can be easier than you think. If you are anything like me, I immediately correlate losing weight or getting healthy with what I can’t have when the truth of the matter it isn’t always about what you aren’t indulging in. It doesn’t always have to be about eliminating certain foods rather more like adding new foods into your meals to not only boost up it’s nutritional value but all-around goodness to your body. It’s those small changes that mean the world in terms of your health goals. I know, are you shocked that I am talking health here? I will admit that it’s kinda weird for me too because I’m usually posting all-things ooey gooey and delicious. The reality is that I try to eat a very balanced diet (what does that mean anyway??) and if I indulge in my baked goods, I also make sure that I am indulging in the good stuff as well. See? Balanced diet. I didn’t get to where I am today (see that story here) by making major changes–it came gradually and slowly, by adding simple steps and changes into my everyday life.
So what do seeds have anything to do with this?
My purpose in setting up this Guide to Seeds for you is in two-parts: 1). By simply adding them into your diet can be a simple yet effective way to add nutrients and overall good stuff to your body; and 2). Many of you are actually unable to consume nuts (which seem to be in everything vegan these days) so seeds are a great go-to snack. Seeds are packed with vitamins & antioxidants and they are also lifesavers when it comes to egg replacers in vegan baking (flaxseeds and chia). See that post for more info you like. They make for great additions in what you already eat and they serve as great toppings and garnishes into salads, oatmeal, batters for baking, non-dairy yogurt, cereal, garnishes…I can keep going but I think that you get the point.
Below you will see the nutritional profile of each seed and what they best pair with. If some of these seeds are new to you, I suggest that you play around with them and see what you like. (A peek into my plate: I really love the flavor and crunch that sunflower seeds give to my salads, I add flaxseed meal into my baked goods for added nutrients, and hemps seeds make a great topping in my chia seed pudding). Why is that important to know? It’s not. I just have a thing for useless information.
Another great way to incorporate seeds into your diet is by creating your own mix. Have you been feeling left out with all of those nut-filled trail mixes? (I’m talking to you, person with a nut allergy) Good thing that making your own at home is so quick and tasty: I’ve got you covered with your very own Nut-Free Trail Mix. *enter canned applause here*
Coming from the girl who won’t eat oatmeal for breakfast, doesn’t drink smoothies, or has ever made her own granola, this is absolutely a snack that I can get behind. Packed with cinnamon, crunchy, and full of complex flavors from each seed–hey, even ten minutes later you are picking out chia seeds from your molars (that’s a plus for me). It’s a Trail Mix that keeps on giving.
- ½ c. pumpkin seeds
- ½ c. raw sunflower seeds
- 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp. whole flaxseeds
- 1 tsp. sesame seeds
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
- ½ c. golden dried berry mix
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
- In a small bowl, combine all the seeds and cinnamon together. Drizzle the maple syrup and stir with a spoon until well-combined.
- Pour over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 12-13 minutes (halfway throughout mix around with a spoon).
- Remove from the oven and add the dried berries and mix. Allow to cool.
Store in an air-tight jar or container.
Happy Seed Eating, friends!