Sunflower Power – Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds!
The sunny yellow flower that rings memories of sunny summer days, or the savory salted seed that you sucked on and spit out in the dugout may be what comes to mind first when the word sunflowers are mentioned. For me as a dietitian a seed is always considered a “super” food with “super powers” for proving the body with rich nutrients. Think of the power of all seeds and how they bring life to a plant and contain so many rich nutrients to allow growth and sustainability.
When I was developing my delicious nut butter creations naturally peanut butter was my first creation soon followed by the almond. Both containing seeds in the form of chia seeds to help not only boost nutrition, but offer that distinctive crunch to every bite. However I felt my creations were not complete and that there was something missing from my new line of products. There was a NEED for SEED and not just because of allergies to the alternative butters, but those tiny little seeds offer the “super” food effect I was looking for. The pairing of chia seeds with sunflower seeds is truly a unique combination and bring more to the table then just sunflower seeds alone.
Chia seeds have literally taken the world by storm and the whole industry has blossomed by over 300%. It is not just because this tasteless little seed is popular, but it is one of the most nutritious and versatile seeds known. This is my true superhero and go in just about everything I make. Just 2 T has as much Omega 3’s as 3 oz salmon, as much fiber as 5 slices of wheat bread, and as much calcium as an 8 oz glass of milk. And an added bonus, the seed also has the ability to absorb 12 times its weight in water so it is extremely hydrating and nourishing to the body.
The savvy sunflower seed has its own magic powers. A rich source of vitamin E, selenium, magnesium..... it is for sure a seed in its own category. Roasted, toasted, raw, or ground, it is delicious in every form and can be sprinkled over a salad, added to granola, finely chopped to resemble a protein alternative, or ground into a delicious “nut-like” butter just like we do at Betsy’s Best.
However you eat them, I know you will enjoy knowing how good they are for you. So if you haven’t dug into our cinnamon spiked Betsy’s Best Sunflower Seed Butter with Chia seeds then you don’t know what you are missing! So grab a spoon, dig in, and know that this “superfood” is super for you!