Sunflower Seeds Are Sensational For Your Healthy Weight Loss Diet Plan!

• January 29, 2011 • Comments (0)

weight loss power foodSunflower seeds have a tremendous nutty flavor that can be enjoyed as a weight loss snack or added to any of your power food meals. Eating sunflower seeds in moderation will provide many nutritional benefits. When you choose these tasty little seeds as part of your weight loss plan, instead of the high calorie junk food, you will feel better and look better.

Eating sunflower seeds as one of your new power foods will allow you to eat a wide variety of good foods and also loose weight. You simply need to eat these seeds in the correct ways… by cutting down on the portion sizes, or only eating them a few times a week.

Sunflower seeds are packed with vitamin E and thiamin. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can help get rid of free radicals and can help prevent heart disease. Thiamine helps your body convert carbohydrates into energy, and is also necessary for functioning of the nervous system, heart, and muscles. A few other important vitamins and minerals contained in these wonderful seeds are manganese, magnesium, copper, selenium, and folate.

The seed of the sunflower is encased in a somewhat hard blackish gray shell. Both the shells and the seeds are edible. You can purchase sunflower seeds year round, either shelled or unshelled. The seeds are sold raw, roasted, salted and flavored. It is best to store your seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also freeze sunflower seeds for later use.

One of the most common ways to enjoy sunflower seeds is to just pop a handful in your mouth as a snack. However, there are many additional ways to add sunflower seeds to your healthy diet plan.

Toss a handful of raw sunflower seeds on your garden salad for added flavor, nutrition and variety. When you make a low calorie vegetable soup or stew, add some sunflower seeds for the extra nutritional benefits.

For breakfast, mix sunflower seeds in with your oatmeal, or low fat yogurt. A blended vegetable drink with ground sunflower seeds is a great way to start your day.

Roasted sunflower seeds are quick and easy to make. Just mix a small amount of your seeds with a small amount of olive oil and spread on a baking sheet. Sprinkle on a small amount of salt, or even one of your favorite spices for some added kick.

Have fun and enjoy trying new exciting ways to eat delicious sunflower seeds.

The Power Blast!

Calories: quarter cup, raw, 205 calories
Protein: 8.20 g
Fiber: 3.78 g
Sugars: 1.19 g
Vitamin C: .50 mg
Calcium: 41 mg
Cholesterol: 0
Potassium: 248 mg
Sodium: 1 mg
Saturated Fat: 1.87 g

Have fun losing weight while you are eating your new power food!

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Nikki Canyon is a staff writer for Weightloss.CX – Weightloss Calorie Express ™

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