- Flax seeds:
- are an excellent source of omega-3 (I already knew that, but it feels good to read about something you already know :);
- studies have shown that the risk of heart attacks is reduced by eating flax seed,
- are a great source of fiber, soluble and insoluble, so you must up your daily water intake when adding flax seed to your diet so that your body can discard anything that is not necessary;
- should be kept in the freezer or they will go rancid! So I ran to the kitchen and put my huge ground flax seed bag (from Costco) in the freezer!
- Pumpkin seeds:
Each night, I soak 1/8 cup (about 2 tbsp.) pumpkin seeds and 1/8 cup sunflower seeds in water and in the morning I add it to my salads, which I have for lunch every day. Just soaking nuts and seeds for 20 minutes is just as good. Soaking nuts and seeds provides great benefits, such as 1) allowing your body to better absorb the enzymes, 2) increase the vitamin absorption, and 3) are easier to digest.
I like to think of 'inclusion' - the inclusion of good, nutritious, wholesome foods into our diets. This will leave less room for the bad stuff. Have fun soaking and eating raw nuts and seeds!