Hi there! How is your week treating you?
I received a lovely package in the mail this weekend that I couldn’t wait to share with you all!
The lovely folks over at Swanson Health Products provided me with a 25$ gift certificate to use on their site. I felt just like in a kid in a candy store…or more like a dietitian in a health food store.
I ultimately decided on chia seeds, hemp seeds, and coconut oil.
You have probably seen chia seeds around on the blogosphere. I have purchased them a few times, but thought I should add them back into rotation.
Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, calcium, as well as a good plant source of omega 3 fatty acids.
One tablespoon provides a whopping 5 grams of fiber!
The nice thing about chia seeds; they are super duper easy to incorporate into your meals. I love adding them into smoothies, salads, soups, muffins, or oats as you see here.
They are pretty flavorless but add a nice nutty texture to your dish.
Hemp seeds are another seed I’ve heard some buzz about, but never got a chance to try.
They have quite a few similarities to our friend, the chia seed. Hemp seeds are also a good source of calcium and fiber and are easy to incorporate into dishes.
I made a delicious smoothie and added a tablespoon of hemp seeds into the mix.
Another similarity between the two seeds… they are both complete proteins. Meaning, they both contain all the essential amino acids! Sweet!
Hemp seeds also have the ideal ratio (3 to 1) of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids.
Coconut oil is something I’ve been dying to try. Both my coworkers use it, and say that it adds fantastic flavor to the foods it’s cooked in. Coconut oil has a high smoke point, (about 360 degrees F) so it is a great oil to use for high heat cooking.
Now you might be asking, well isn’t coconut oil bad for you since it is high in saturated fat? Well I’m happy to report that coconut oil is composed mainly of medium-chain triglycerides, which may not carry the same risks as other saturated fats.
I have yet to use the coconut oil, but I will be sure to share what I make. Any suggestions?
Thanks Swanson Health!
I am off to get cracking a bit early on my to-do list for tomorrow…ok, and maybe watch a bit of TV. Thanks for reading!
Do you use any of these products? Do you have any new food finds you want to share?
*The products were sent free to me. My opinions of these products are honest and my own.