Seeds are the new hottest superfood. Small but mighty, seeds are filled with tons of fiber, protein vitamins, and minerals that are known to improve your health. Seeds are an easy addition to any smoothie to give your body the extra nutrient boost you need. They also help to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Here's a quick overview of five super-seeds you should add to your smoothies and their health benefits.
1. Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds serve as a high-quality complete protein source, with about 8.8g of protein per serving. These seeds contain an anti-inflammatory fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid, which people often get in the form of supplements. This fatty acid serves many purposes and can improve heart health and improve inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema. Hemp seeds can be found in SmoothieBox's Berry Super Smoothie.
2. Flax Seeds
Like chia seeds, flax seeds are an excellent source of fiber (7.8g per 1oz) and omega-3 fats (6.5g per 1oz). Flaxseeds are also a good source of antioxidants and contain an especially valuable antioxidant, lignan. Lignans help to reduce cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Flax seeds are found in SmoothieBox's Green Super Smoothie.
3. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are high in monounsaturated fats and are a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, and manganese. They are filled with protein and various vitamins and minerals-allowing them to have countless health benefits. Multiple studies have shown that pumpkin seeds ease symptoms of urinary disorders and bladder problems. In addition to this, these seeds help to increase good cholesterol and improve heart health. Pumpkin seeds are found in SmoothieBox's Clementine Super Smoothie.
4. Sunflower Seeds
These popular seeds are packed with copper, selenium, and vitamin E, all of which work together to reduce inflammation in the body and promote heart health. Like the seeds listed above, sunflower seeds are high in good fats- with 5.2g monounsaturated fats and 6.4g omega-6 fats per serving. Sunflower seeds can be found in SmoothieBox's Cacao Super Smoothie.
5. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber clocking in at 10.6 grams per 1-ounce serving. They also are high in healthy fats with about 4.9g of omega-3 fats and 1.6g of omega-6 fats. These omega fatty acids help to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and blood clots. Chia seeds are also credited for lowering blood sugar levels.
Super seeds are a crucial ingredient in SmoothieBox smoothies.
The best thing about these super seeds is that you can easily fit them into your everyday diet without even noticing. It is incredibly easy to toss a serving of these seeds into your smoothies without realizing a taste difference. Each SmoothieBox flavor includes a super seed that provides you with all the health benefits listed above.
- Cacao includes sunflower seeds,
- Berry includes hemp seeds,
- Clementine includes pumpkin seeds, and
- Green includes flax seeds!
Next time you're thinking of making a smoothie, try tossing in some super seeds, or let SmoothieBox do it for you!
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Audrey is a summer intern for SmoothieBox working in the marketing and social media department. She is a rising junior at Elon University with a marketing major and strong passion for health, wellness and fitness! In her free time you can find her going for a run or at the beach with friends.