Quinoa, a nutrient-rich seed, is a wonderful source of complete protein, providing all of the essential amino acids. It is also a good source of dietary fiber. Quinoa is a “pseudo-grain”— a gluten-free seed, but used in cooking and baking like a whole grain. Quinoa is not a cereal grass at all, but rather a member of the same food family that contains spinach, swiss chard, and beets. This nutrient-rich seed is a wonderful source of complete protein, providing all of the essential amino acids.
It is also a good source of dietary fiber.
Quinoa is non-GMO, gluten-free and organic. Even though technically not a grain, it still counts as a whole grain food.
Naturally gluten free, this powerful little seed is a great addition to any diet, but is an ideal solution for those following a gluten free, vegan or vegetarian diet that are looking to increase their protein and fiber. Dubbed “mother of all grains” by the Incas, so much so that it came to have spiritual significance for them. Many traditions and ceremonies surrounded the cultivation, harvest and consumption of quinoa. We LOVE quinoa!
Amaranth seed is a gluten-free food and a source of complete protein—it contains all the essential amino acids, including lysine, which is lacking in most grains. High in fiber and a good source of magnesium and iron, Amaranth is a spectacular addition to your diet.
Chia Seeds contain a wealth of fiber—5 grams in just one tablespoon. It is the fiber in chia that causes chia seed to swell when combined with water, creating chia gel. Whether you eat chia gel or just the raw seeds, the hydrophilic action of chia seed will keep you full longer than many other seeds.
Thousands of years ago, chia seed was a staple in the diets of ancient Mayans and Aztecs. The word chia is derived from the Mayan language, meaning “strength,” and Aztec warriors relied on chia seed to boost energy and increase stamina. Today this tiny seed is a favorite of athletes, especially distance runners, who tout it as an endurance enhancing superfood.
Raw pumpkin seeds are also know as pepitas, the Spanish culinary term “little seed of squash”.
These small seeds pack a powerhouse of nutrition. They’re a very rich source of protein and iron, as well as potassium, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin E and magnesium. Raw pumpkin seeds are also an excellent source of B vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and folate. They’re also low in calories which make them a delightful “guilt-free” snack.
Sesame seeds, an alkaline food, offer many nutritional benefits. They’re an excellent source of zinc, manganese, magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1 and dietary fiber. Sesame seeds also contain lignans, called sesamin and sesamolin, which can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
These seeds are admired all around the world for their slightly sweet, nutty flavor and aroma. Sesame seeds are highly valued for their high content of oil which contains essential fatty acids and is revered in some cultures for its healing properties.
Sunflowers originated in Mexico and Peru and were one of the first plants cultivated in America. For more than 5,000 years, Native Americas have been harvesting sunflower seeds for both food and oil. With their crunchy texture and nutty flavor, sunflower seeds are delicious as a high protein snack and have become an American classic.
Sunflower seeds boast high levels of protein, antioxidants, minerals and linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid). They’re an excellent source of vitamin E, dietary fiber, selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and folate.