The Plant life cycle is something most of us should be familiar with - seed germinates, plant grows, plant flowers, pollinators move pollen between flowers, fruit is obtained - fruit contains seeds that get dispersed in various mechanisms and the cycle starts again. There are some exceptions to this and here we are talking about flowering plants but more or less in simple terms this is what happens in nature, whether you believed the chicken came before the egg or viceversa...
Seeds have the big task to germinate, and give rise to strong plants - which means seeds are full of very important nutrients.. and seeds in diets don't just belong on bird feeders but they can contribute greatly to our own diet!
I feel super lucky to have won this amazing linwoods hamper: so many ground linseed (flaxseeds) mixed with other seeds (the pumpkin and sesame is one of my favourites) or nuts (walnuts and Q10 is definitely my number one!) and also some hemp seeds (no, I won't get high on it but surely it will give me plenty of well needed proteins for my sporty lifestyle) and chia seeds which I love to add to smoothies or baking inventions! The hamper also containes some of the new linwoods snackettes which are very low in carbs and gluten free (yay!) as they are purely made of seeds and there are no grains involved- I am truly a happy woman and cannot wait to test them out!
Considering the majority of it is flaxseeds let's have a particular look at their nutrient content and benefits:
Nutrient wise in 100g they contain 27g of fibers, 18g of proteins and they contain 25% of your daily calcium, 25% of your daily b6, 30% iron and 98% magnesium! Not to mention the high omega 3 content!
So they can be a healthy addition for hearth health, and the high fiber content means you will be fuller for longer but also will help you with some bloating and constipation should you suffer from it!
Now, other seeds and nuts also have great properties and I invite you to mix and match for optimal benefits... just don't forget that they contain healthy fats but are still fats so they come with a high calories content, so enjoy them in small quantities to get maximum benefits without the caloric penalties! :)
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