As busy mums, we’re always stretching ourselves – rushing here, dashing there, doing a bajillion things at once and quite usually with the fuel tank running low. If we’re lucky, we might shovel in a tablespoon of peanut butter at 9pm because you ate dinner too early with the toddler; half a baguette at 5am when the boddler decided it was time to get up; and handfuls of dry cereal as the older kids eat breakfast and you look for your keys, and shoes….and your mind.
While we spent our pregnancy days busy nurturing ourselves, things thereafter seem very far removed from that but the fact is eating a healthy, nutritious diet while breastfeeding, or through days of little sleep, or while balancing households full to the brim with dependents, is just as important as during those serene, pregnant days and is crucial for our health, energy, happiness and mental health.
So now I’m going to let you into a little secret…when it comes to nurturing ourselves in a hurry seeds are the star of the show providing us with a wide range of essential oils and nutrients which means that snacking on seeds offers fantastic health benefits PLUS they are full of slow-release energy and so perfect for long days with a toddler wrapped around your leg.
So let’s break down the four seeds you need to know about (and be eating) to keep your energy up as a busy mum.
A longtime favourite for healthy snackers, they bring vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential acids with every handful, and are seriously versatile. They can be eaten raw or cooked in sweet or savoury dishes – or simply roasted for a super on-the-go snack. Delish!
Packed full of good things including dietary fiber, omega-3 and vitamin B1 – you can see why it is often referred to as wonder food. You have to grind flaxseed before using it but once you’ve done that labour of love, you can add it to anything from morning porridge to homemade bread.
My personal favourite, Chia seeds are full of nutrients and, unlike some seeds, come with very few calories. Harvested from a flowering plant in the mint family, these seeds can absorb a lot of liquid –so perfect for making chia seed pudding! – as they expand to hold about ten times their dry weight. They are also great to use in porridge, added to smoothies and sprinkled on salads and cereals.
Crunchy, munchy and nutty these are great eaten plain as a snack or simply sprinkled on salads. Packed with antioxidants, magnesium, copper and Vitamin E, they are top of their game and are even said to bring a glow to tired skin! Filled with goodness that’s drawn straight from the sun, they become the star of the show in recipes such as sunflower seed pesto and homemade bread.
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