Sunday, July 15, 2012
Pumpkin – One serving has almost as much potassium as a small banana plus it has seven times the magnesium. Potassium helps regulate your heartbeat and blood pressure. Magnesium helps boost your immune system. Delicious added to trail mix.
Black Sesame – These have more antioxidants than the pale ones, they have include a dose of iron and bone-building calcium. They may even help prevent high blood pressure. Black sesame seeds taste better toasted than their pale sisters. Good sprinkled over stir-fry.
Flax – These seeds are a great source of lignans, a plant chemical that may lower your risk of heart disease. Grinding the whole seed lets you absorb the nutrients more easily. Great when ground and mixed in flour when making muffins, breads, cookies or just added to soups and casseroles.
Chia – Full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Sprinkle them over oatmeal, granola and sliced fruit.
Sunflower – This is one of the richest sources of the disease-fighting antioxidant vitamin E. Try these sprinkled over your salad.