Today I am going to highlight some amazing little foods that pack a big punch!
These are tiny little seeds with a slightly nutty flavor. They are filled with omega-3 fatty acids and provide fiber, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc. I sprinkle them in smoothies, on salads, and in my oatmeal.
Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain. It has been shown to fight fatigue, prevent anemia, regulate blood pressure, and control blood sugar. It is also a great source of iron. Oh yeah, it is also delicious. Check out some ofmy recipes!
Pumpkin seeds are rich in iron, packing 4 milligrams per ounce. They are also a great source of protein at 9 grams per ounce. These seeds have been shown to improve prostate function and protect the bones. Just another reason why I love pumpkins.
Barley is pretty amazing. Not only is it a great source of antioxidants, but it can help to lower cholesterol, reduce the formation of blood clots, improve digestion, and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. I love making vegetarian bean and barley vegetable soup in the wintertime, and I get my barley from the bulk bins at the health food store.
Figs are a great source of fiber and potassium. They’ve also been known to lower high blood pressure, relieve constipation, control cholesterol, prevent colon cancer, and control weight gain. If you’re not sure how to use them, try adding them to cereal or oatmeal for some sweetness. Sorry- Fig Newtons don’t count!
Part of the reason why I love the fall so much is because I get to eat cranberries. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without them! Cranberries can help to prevent and treat urinary tract infections, protect cells from cancerous changes, and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Sure, they kind of smell bad, but Brussels sprouts have healing powers. They can reduce the risk of many forms of cancer, lower cholesterol, prevent constipation, and lower the risk of heart disease. One of my favorite recipes is for Brown Butter & Dill Brussels Sprouts. Give it a try!
What’s your favorite food from this list? I’ll have to go with quinoa. It is just so versatile. I even love it for breakfast!
Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? Michael has been out of town on business since Sunday, so I’m really excited to spend some time with him.
I’m just starting to get into chia seeds, thanks for the info!
Love that quinoa is a complete protein! And it’s so great many of these are so easy to prepare, if they need any at all! Thanks for sharing!
I love having pumpkin seeds on hand to snack on. I have been looking into the benefits of Chia seeds recently. I really do not know what to do with figs from preparing to eating – has me a little baffled. I will eat figs if prepared at an event or restaurant.
I'm Erin, the happy gal behind The Grass Skirt, which is named after my signature smoothie. Here I share how I maintain a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle, my favorite recipes, workouts and products, and my love for Lionel Richie. Hope you'll enjoy reading!