The month of September usually marks the beginning of new decisions and new goals. It is the month that marks the end of summer and the beginning of new cycles such as the new school year.
With new beginnings comes the desire to define new healthy goals and to live a healthier lifestyle. Some foods can help you get slimmer, make you live smarter and even longer. Depending on your goals, there are plenty of seeds that can be very good for your health.
Those who embrace a healthy diet are also more likely to improve their cognitive skills and fight memory loss that comes with aging. When healthy food groups are preferred over saturated fats or high amounts of sugar, the brain responds positively as people age. A study by the American Academy of Neurology in over 40 countries and lasting more than 2 years concluded that higher diet quality was associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline.
Seeds are among some of the healthiest choices one can make. They are usually rich in protein, low in sugar and saturated fat and they will make the perfect add-on to your favorite snack.
- Sesame – they have a good satiating effect and they act as a shield to the heart. The best way to eat them is in snacks like yogurts, or in soups, juices and salads. Contain proteins, omega 6 and omega 9.
- Flaxseed – these seeds are known for regulating the intestinal transit and for being a good substitute of the regular wheat flour (which contains gluten) for traditional flour recipes. Contains omega 6 and omega 9.
- Sunflower – their action against the early aging of cells and tissues is proved and they go well with salads, juices and soups. Contain omega 6, minerals and vitamin E.
- Chia – a source of energy and resistance these seeds have become very popular in the last few years. They can be used in salads, juices or added to cereal bowls. They contain fiber and calcium.
- Pumpkin – these seeds have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. They can be consumed in yogurts and salads.
Adding seeds to the diet is an easy and tasty way to start making healthier choices and to get the best of the food intake. The better the nutrients in our diets, the better our physical and mental health will be.