Although you may think that seeds are for the birds, in fact they are a powerhouse of energy, fat and nutrients.
Chia seed benefits: Here’s another crop from the Aztecs like amaranth. Their culture has used chia for millenia as a source of energy and nutrition. In fact the word “chia” means strength in the Mayan language, enabling endurance in work or athletics.
Chia (and flax) seeds provide the highest level of omega-3 fatty acids compared to any plant food, even higher than salmon! And the omega-3’s are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the most valuable type that protect many of our body systems, are essential to human health, and are not produced by our bodies and need to be consumed.
Chia also offers a striking array of minerals (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and manganese, zinc and iron), is very high in fiber and protein, and serves as a good prebiotic (to nourish good microbes in our gut). All the above combine to make chia an anti-oxidant and an anti-inflammatory workhorse.
Hemp seed benefits: Hemp seeds contain an amazing 50% fat, and even more important is this fat contains GLA. What’s that, you ask? GLA stands for Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA). GLA’s perform a critical assignment -- controlling inflammation and strengthening the human body's systems. We only find GLA’s in a few plants like evening primrose and borage, but the cost is very high for these. Now we have an economical source in North America.
After the hemp seeds are harvested and hulled, then we grind them as we need them for our gluten-free cornbread. They have a nice nutty flavor.
Flax seed benefits: have a surprising mix of nutrients that make them a real standout, including lots of fiber and protein. Like chia they offer plenty of omega-3’s (highest in the plant kingdom) and similar minerals (esp magnesium and manganese), plus an outstanding amount of vitamin B1.
We offer our nut and seed mix, of course, which I hope you’ve tried. In that mix we use sunflower and pumpkin seeds, which step up the nutrition in our nuts. Try our mix as a snack or sprinkled on your oatmeal, salad, soup, or blended with yogurt and fruit.
But please realize that we have a lot of seeds in our gluten-free cornbread, including chia, flax and hemp. We will soon offer our ground seed mix (hemp, flax and chia) for your use. Let us know if you’re interested in this type product.