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What Seeds Are Best To Eat In Winter?

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Seasonal seeds, easy on stomach, do you have any idea of these? If you are wondering what are these amazing seeds to be had only in winter, read on to know more about seasonal seeds and its benefits.

This may seem strange for some people. Are there seeds that I should only be eating in winter? As a health coach and someone who studies nutrition as both a job and passion, I’ve learned a few things about our amazing bodies.

You may have noticed that you’re more inclined to crave warm foods (soups, oatmeal, stews) versus cold (smoothies, salads, cold fruit) in the colder months.

Here’s the thing – our digestive system slows down as we walk into fall and winter months. That’s also when you start to crave warm and slow cooked foods, and for good reason. These types of foods are easier for the body to digest because they take less work to break down. It’s definitely a sign that your body is talking to you!

4 Amazing Seeds For Winter

1. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse – rich in omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. These tiny black and white seeds have a mild, nutty flavor. They are also easy to add to a variety of foods and drinks.

How to eat in the winter:

Sprinkle them in with your oatmeal, warm cereals, baked goods, and my favorite, a warm coconut chia seed pudding for an added boost of nutrition and flavor.

2. Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds have long been known to provide medicinal benefits as they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and dietary fiber. Studies have shown that flaxseeds may help reduce belly fat and lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. When adding them to food, it’s best to eat them in the ground form for better absorption of the nutrients. You can easily grind them yourself in an electric coffee grinder.

How to eat in the winter:

Stir a couple tablespoons ground flax seeds into your oatmeal, or in warm pumpkin puree with cinnamon. Ground flaxseeds are a great egg substitute when baking.

3. Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds add a nutty taste and a delicate crunch to whatever you’re making. Personally, I find them ideal in sesame paste or tahini. Not only do these seeds provide calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, B vitamins, and dietary fiber, if you’re low in energy, they are also an incredible source of iron. And, many of us feel low in energy in the fall and winter months.

How to eat in the winter:

Add the seeds or paste on top of  stir-fried/steamed vegetables. I personally love a drizzle of tahini in my warm morning cereals.

4. Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are extremely popular right now as they are such a versatile plant-based ingredient. The seed is soft and easy to chew and tastes a bit like pine nuts or sunflower seeds. Hemp seeds are an excellent source of essential fatty acids and contain all nine essential amino acids, making them a complete protein source. Additionally, the protein in hemp seeds is very easy to digest.

How to eat in the winter:

Use hemp seeds as a replacement nut in your pesto to toss on top of seasonal roasted vegetable. They also add creaminess to blended soups. And, they make an excellent addition of plant-based protein to your warm cereals.

Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are also great additions in the winter simply because of their subtle nutty texture so they can also be used in various dishes just like other seeds.

Julie Pecarski
Star Expert

Julie Pecarski is the founder of Eat Life Balance.com, a holistic health and lifestyle solutions site. Eat Life Balance provides clean living recipes, nutritional guidance and lifestyle advice in an approach to guide readers into making small, simple changes in their eating habits, attitudes and mental balance. Julie is currently studying nutrition in Vancouver, BC.

Julie Pecarski
Star Expert

Julie Pecarski is the founder of Eat Life Balance.com, a holistic health and lifestyle solutions site. Eat Life Balance provides clean living recipes, nutritional guidance and lifestyle advice in an approach to guide readers into making small, simple changes in their eating habits, attitudes and mental balance. Julie is currently studying nutrition in Vancouver, BC.

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