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In Mary’s last blog; she discussed Pumpkin Seeds now she tells us about the benefits of Sunflower Seeds and includes a quick and easy homemade Granola recipe!
Sunflower seeds – what’s the big deal?
Sunflower seeds are little creamy colour seeds which are an excellent source of vitamin E – an antioxidant that helps maintain healthy hair and skin and protects cells from damage, and has anticancer properties too. The seeds are an excellent source of B vitamins especially folate, which
helps support a healthy pregnancy an aids the immune system. They are rich in protein and heart-healthy fats.
How do I use them?
- Eat raw.
- Soak them in some water and then sprout them which produces a
substantial microgreen which you can add to your salads or
sandwiches and is very nutritious.
- Dry-roast the seeds and add to stir-fries for extra protein and fibre!
- Eat on their own as a snack.
- Use in baking (scones, brown bread etc.) or in cooking.
- As a soup or salad garnish.
- Add to homemade granola.
What do I do now?
Now that you know just how great sunflower seeds are – head to the
supermarket or your local health store, and pick up a pack of sunflower
seeds and start using them and feeling their benefits! Try my homemade
granola recipe below for a healthy breakfast or breakfast topper!
Simple Healthy Granola
– Good for weight loss
– Nutritious with lots of vitamins, protein & fibre.
- 1 tbsp olive oil/coconut oil
- 1 tbsp of xylitol
- 50g of oats
- 1 tbsp flaked almonds
- 1 tbsp of chopped nuts e.g. macadamia or hazelnuts
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 1 tbsp ground almonds
- 2 tsp of desiccated coconut
- 2 tsp goji berries (optional)
– Melt oil in the pan with xylitol, add the oats and stir around the pan for 3 minutes until they start to go golden and slightly crisp up!
– Add flaked almonds and chopped nuts and cook for another 2 minutes.
– Remove from heat and stir in the sunflower seeds, ground almonds, desiccated coconut and goji berries if you have some.
– Serving Suggestions: Enjoy with a dessertspoon of live yoghurt and berry compote or with milk and a handful of berries e.g. strawberries, sprinkle on porridge or add it to a smoothie!