As a nutritionist, I cannot stress enough the importance of variety in the diet. One of my recommendations during a nutrition consult is to purchase one new food a month (or a food, fruit or vegetable rarely eaten). For example, rotate flaxseeds with chia seeds or hemp seeds. Mix up peanut butter or almond butter with sunflower butter. Cook up kale, a super food, instead of spinach or broccoli or best yet, cook up all three. A diet full of variety will not only be well-balanced it will provide all the essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, and phytonutrients. In addition, variety will limit your exposure to any pesticides or toxic substances that may be present in one particular food.
Starts now, on your next shopping trip pick up hemp seed and next month pick up chia seed. See below for the benefits of both.
Hemp is a high protein seed containing all 9 essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce. Hemp seed is high in essential fatty acids, a rich source of phytonutrients, and a superior vegetarian source of protein. In addition, hemp seed is high in fiber, easy digestible and contains vitamin E along with other trace minerals.
Chia Seed is high in soluble fiber, which helps the body emulsify and absorb the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Chia seed contains calcium and the trace mineral boron, which speeds the rate at which calcium is absorbed and utilized by the body. In addition, chia seed contains protein, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, zinc, antioxidants and are loaded with essential acids.