Seed Powders

I put together some jars like this with these labels as a gift for some good friends. I decided I liked the idea so much that I did a set for myself!  The labels are simply printed onto a sticker sheet from a Word document.  Or you could just print onto paper and glue on the jars.

Inspired by the wonderful Susan Teton Campbell of Essential Cuisine, having seed powders on hand is a great way of getting these nutrients into your diet regularly.  They will last about 3 weeks in the fridge, but once you get into the habit of using them, you’ll find that you will use them up before then.

According to traditional diet principles, we should be soaking our seeds for at least 8 hours and drying them out in the sun or dehydrator (or oven on its lowest setting) for grinding up and eating.  But for the sprinkle on our meal that we’re talking about here, it is a lot of work and this Mum here doesn’t have the time or motivation!

There is still plenty of benefit with just whizzing them up in your coffee grinder until they form a powder, and adding them on salads, greens and whatever you choose to experiment with.

Flax Seeds (Linseeds)

Flax seed are sometimes eaten whole, like when you throw them in your museli recipe, but generally they are ground down as this is when they have the most benefit.  I first came across these years ago when my husband and I did the Liver Cleansing Diet and LSA (Linseed Sunflower Almond) was a daily requirement.  Nowdays you can buy ready-made bags of the stuff.

Anyway, they have one of the highest concentrations of Omega-3 Fatty Acid (which most are deficient in, as opposed to Omega 6’s which we have too much of in our modern diet) and we need those Essential Fatty Acids for the healthy functioning of our immune system.

Sesame Seeds

Use hulled sesame seeds, not unhulled as these are supposedly toxic.  Sesame seeds are a good source of manganese, copper, magnesium and calcium, as well as others.

Pumpkin Seeds

My midwife instructed me to eat 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds a day during my last pregnancy, as my iron levels dropped.  So I soaked them overnight in a little lemon juice and usually just added them to my breakfast.  By the next blood test a couple of weeks later, my iron levels had increased.  Perfect that I was prescribed food and not pills – and even better that it worked.  They’re also a good source of zinc and magnesium, manganese and and phosphorus.

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are high in Vitamin E, which is the one that gets mentioned in relation to menopause, skin, cardiovascular health, neutralising free radicals, and contains selenium (lacking in NZ soil), magnesium, and other minerals.

Have a read around the internet on the many health benefits of eating these seeds.  In the meantime, there are tons of ways to add them into your diet simply by sprinkling these powders on salads, mashed potatoes, steamed greens, and different raw breakfast recipes.  Let me know your ideas!

{GAPS Notes: seeds can irritate the digestive tracts of some people in the early stages of the GAPS Diet. Go easy on quantities in the beginning and gradually ease in so you can monitor any reaction.}

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