Any kid who grew up watching The Jetsons dreamed of the day she could eat her dinner in pill form, rather than having to sit through another plate of broccoli and cabbage. Fast-forward to reality, and we’re still waiting for that dinner-in-a-pill. But there really are super-nutrient-dense foods that you can pop like pills without having to type anything into Rosie’s computer. Just head to the seed aisle at your local grocery store.
Grab a fistful of any plant seed, and you're holding small packages chock-full of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals, says Sharon Palmer, R.D., author of the new book The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health Beginning Today (The Experiment, 2012). “People don’t think about grabbing seeds as a snack or as a food source. People think of them as bird food more than anything else.” But ignore them at your own health risk. In addition to being nutrient-dense, she adds, seeds are full of phytosterols, compounds in plants that are as effective as prescription statins at lowering cholesterol.
You need to eat just 1 ounce, about 2 tablespoons’ worth, of the following seeds every day to reap their nutritional benefits, says Palmer. “And they’re such easy snacks!” she says.
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