Spring is here, the weather is changing, and you’re ready to feel refreshed from the inside out. Getting adequate vitamins and minerals is just as important as getting sun on your skin and restfully sleeping through the night. From folic acid and B vitamins to iron and magnesium, your body craves it all. Here are a few easy and delicious ways to incorporate them into your diet.
Basil & Chia Seeds
Aside from incredible amounts of omega-3 fats and plenty of fiber, both chia seeds and basil seeds offer additional nutrients, like magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, and B vitamins, to your meals or snacks. These seeds don’t offer a lot of flavor on their own, but they are known for absorbing a large quantity of liquid, which makes them the perfect addition to soak up all the flavorful ingredients in smoothies, dressings, pudding, and yogurt. Pop a tablespoon of chia or basil seeds into a smoothie, sprinkle a pinch of seeds on top of some yogurt, or make this delicious chia seed pudding.
While a bright green powder (with ingredients like spirulina, kelp, and wheatgrass) doesn’t sound appealing at all, it’s actually quite tasty! Scoop a bit into a smoothie in the morning or shake into an ice-cold glass of water for a refreshing pick-me-up in the afternoon. Soon, you’ll have iron, potassium, probiotics, vitamin C, enzymes, and so much more coursing through your veins for plenty of energy and nourishment.
Just a handful of roasted almonds for a snack or a sprinkle of pine (or any other) nuts on top of a salad gives you additional protein, manganese, and vitamin E. Try some Blue Diamond Smokehouse® almonds or roast your own pepitas in the oven for all the salty, nutty flavors.
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