Sweet, nutty and packed with vitamins and essential fatty acids, they are the perfect snack and easy to add to many recipes. Sunflower seeds are sweet, nutty and an excellent source of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. They are a delicious and satisfying snack when you’re on the go, and can also be used in the kitchen to prepare variety of recipes. And they come from one of the most beautiful flowers in the world. Let’s get some sunshine in you life!
Sunflowers are tall beautiful plants with bright yellow flowers, that grow annually and harvest in Autumn when fields turn bright yellow. They are native to Middle American region from where it spread as an important commercial crop all over the world by the European explorers. They are now grown across worldwide, with Europe, Russia, USA, and Argentina being the leading producers of sunflower crops.
Sunflower flourishes well in well-drained moist, limey soil. The plant prefers good sunlight and forms a single large flower heads at the top. The sunflower head in consists of two types of flowers. The outside makes large, yellow petals, the central disk is made up of numerous tiny fertile flowers arranged in concentric whirls, which become the edible seeds.
Delicious, nutty, and crunchy sunflower seeds are widely used as a healthy ingredient. They are high in protein like other nuts, Vitamin E, the B Vitamins especially folic acid, Zinc, Magnesium and Selenium. Their high concentration of folic acid makes them very useful for pregnant mums. The perfect yummy mummy snack!
The seeds are also high in antioxidants and very rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acid linoleic acid, which constitute more 50% fatty acids in them. They are also good in mono-unsaturated oleic acid that helps lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increases HDL or "good-cholesterol" in the blood.
Just a hand full of sunflower kernels a day provides much of the recommended level of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and protein.
So how do we use them?
Sunflower seeds are perfect eaten alone as a snack, added to trail mix, sprinkled on salads, yoghurt or muesli. They can be roasted and salted as a snack, they add crunchiness to salads, sprinkle them over fried-rice dishes or sautéed vegetables. The seeds can be coated with chocolate, candied, or added in cakes, and muffins. The seeds can be added to salad dressings, casseroles or baked recipes.
In Raw food the seeds can be made into a Sunflower seed nut butter, which is a suitable alternative for people with peanut allergies. They work well in energy balls, cake crusts, sprinkled on ice cream, ground and used to decorate cakes, and blended into smoothies for a tasty protein punch. Sun Power!
Per 28g serving:
Protein 6 Carbs 6 Calories 164
All figures are approximate and can vary.
Please consult your doctor before taking any products.