Certain foods are so healthy that your additions in the daily diet increases the diet’s nutritional value. Registered dietitian, Mickala Parsley, 27 from Indiana has shared the names of three such foods. She explained that adding them in your daily diet would be highly beneficial for health. Which are these three seeds?
Mickala Parsley and her recommendation
Mickala Parsley is 27 and she is a certified dietitian from Indiana. She provides helpful advices to her family, relatives, friends and patients on what to eat and what to avoid. Recently, she shared a TikTok video that WebMD shared on their website. In this video, the nutrition expert revealed that addition of these three foods in your daily diet could up it’s nutritive value.
All of these foods are seeds and they are chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp seeds. She also revealed ways to easily incorporate these seeds in your meals. The nutritionist added that these seeds are loaded with healthy fats, protein and dietary fiber. Moreover, individually, these seeds have their own unique nutrients profile and health benefits. She said:
“I think it is really important as Americans that we focus on what we can add into our diet versus what we can take away.”
She called these three small additions in diet as excellent options.
About chia seeds, the dietitian said that three tablespoons contains 11 grams of fiber and five grams of protein. They are highly versatile and one can add them to oatmeal, smoothies, salads, bakery products, and yoghurt. One can easily and simply make a chia pudding at home with them. These seeds absorb water. Hence soak them in milk overnight in the refrigerator and the next day your chia pudding is ready.
This can help increase the protein content of meals. Three tbsp of these seeds have 10 g of protein in them. Moreover, these seeds contain omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are heart friendly and lower blood bad cholesterol. They have the potential to reduce blood triglycerides and blood pressure too. One can add them to yoghurt, oatmeal, smoothies and also salads. Mickala opines:
‘I think it adds a really great nutty taste and texture,’
These seeds are whole, milled or powdered. Speaking about her choice, Mickala said:
‘I tend to prefer the ground and meal flaxseed. It’s a little bit easier to digest and to work with,’
WebMD says that the whole flax seeds pass through the intestines in an undigested form. Moreover, two tablespoons of flaxseed contain three grams of protein, three grams of fiber along with a lot of other specific health benefits. She elaborated:
‘Not only will flaxseed be great with providing you healthy fats, but flaxseed has been shown to contain certain cancer-fighting properties,’
The risk of hormone-sensitive cancer such as breast and prostate risk is lesser after eating these seeds. One can add them to oatmeal and smoothie. Her preference is to put them into baked goods such as banana bread.