Small but mighty, seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients and minerals. From tiny little chia seeds to crispy watermelon seeds, see how these plant-powered natural wonders can help you. Shop Holland & Barrett for chia seeds, ground flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, golden linseed, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, and much more.
What are the benefits of flaxseeds?
Flaxseeds, also known as linseeds, are a fibre-rich source of omega-3 that can easily be incorporated into your diet.
So, what are flaxseeds? They come from the flax plant – which is used to make linen clothes and textiles. Ground linseeds are best for human consumption, as the plant-based omega-3 fats are contained in the hard-to-digest fibrous outer shell of the seed.
Other health benefits of linseeds include their high levels of soluble fibre, which helps you feel fuller for longer, as well as helping with healthy bathroom activities! Milled linseeds also contain lignans, which are phytoestrogens - similar to the female hormone oestrogen.
There are many ways to enjoy linseeds and flaxseeds in your diet: swirl them into a breakfast smoothie, pop some in your porridge, sprinkle on your soups and salads - golden flaxseeds are especially tasty! You can also make them into a vegan egg replacement – just mix one tablespoon of ground flaxseeds with 3 tablespoons of water.
What are the benefits of chia seeds?
What are chia seeds? They are little brown seeds grown in Central America, where Aztec and Mayan people famously used them as food.
A whopping 90% of the fat is the healthy, unsaturated kind and 57% is omega-3 – making chia seeds one of the best sources of vegan and vegetarian omega-3.
Other chia seed benefits include its calcium content – about 108mg of calcium per tablespoon – which is 15% of the recommended adult’s daily intake. They are also packed with soluble fibre.
So, how do you use chia seeds? Sprinkle them into smoothies, stir into overnight oats, let them soak in plant milk to make healthy vegan chia seed pudding, or use it to thicken up salad dressings. You can also transform them into a vegan egg replacement for baking – simply mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 2.5 tablespoons of water and tah-dah, you have yourself a chia egg!
What are the benefits of pumpkin seeds?
Pumpkin seeds are often over-looked and simply cast aside when pumpkin carving or binned while making an autumnal batch of pumpkin soup. But it doesn’t have to be this way!
Pumpkin seeds are a great source of monounsaturated fats, omega-6 fatty acids and phosphorus – a substance that contributes to the maintenance of strong bones and teeth.
Roast them with spices like paprika and turmeric for a tasty, healthy snack, a crunchy soup topping, or mix into granola bars.
What are the benefits of sunflower seeds?
Just like the pretty flower they come from, sunflower seeds can add a little light to your life. A single serving of sunflower seeds (28g) contains 5.8g of protein, 47% of the recommended adult intake of vitamin E, 23% of the recommended adult intake of magnesium, and is a great source of copper and omega-6 fatty acids.
Use them as you would any other seed: in smoothies, soups, salads, etc. Or why not try making your own sunflower seed butter for a healthy, homemade spread to slather over toast, bread and crackers?
What are the benefits of hemp seeds?
Hemp seeds are like the buff older brother of the seed world. They contain more than 30% of complete plant-based protein, which means they contain all of the amino acids that your body can’t make by itself. They’re also a good source of magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Because of their earthy flavour, hemp seeds work really well in recipes like vegan meatballs, pesto, tabbouleh and hummus. They also make a deliciously healthy addition to smoothies and overnight oats.
What seeds can you find at Holland & Barrett?
All of the above seeds are available at Holland & Barrett: chia seeds, flaxseeds, shelled hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, as well as watermelon seeds, sesame seeds and pre-made snacks of yoghurt- and chocolate-coated seeds – mmm! Go on, sow a little seed-power into your diet today.