Sunflower seeds are the gift of the beautiful sunflower that has rays of petals emanating from its bright yellow, seed-studded center. Sunflowers seeds offer amazing health benefits because of their nutritional value. The seeds have essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals which are vital for our body and hence it is important to add these variants in some form or the other, say experts. Mehar Rajput, Dietician at fitpass and Sukhmani Bedi, Co-Founder of Better Butter share tips to use sunflower seeds in your regular dishes to make them healthier:
‘A handful of sunflower seeds will take care of hunger, while also enhancing our health by supplying significant amounts of vitamin E, magnesium and selenium.’Roasted or salted sunflower seeds can be considered as a great healthy snack. You can also add them to your daily cold or hot breakfast cereals in order to improve their nutritive values.
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Sunflower seeds can be added to any main course dishes such as chicken curry, mix-vegetables etc or can be sprinkled over salads, pastas in order to add some flavour and extra nutrients.
One can add sunflower seeds to any soft preparations such as scrambled eggs to give them a crunchy texture.
Sunflower powder or flour can be added in cake, muffin, and bread batters. This will improve their nutritive value significantly.
Make sunflower seed butter by mixing three main ingredients i.e. Sunflower seeds, sea salt and sugar or stevia. To make it extra creamy you can add sunflower oil in it as well. It can be a great substitute for milk and peanut butter. It can be used as bread spread, in smoothies, homemade sauces etc.
Sunflower seeds should be added to dry coconut chutney powder to make it more crunchy. These seeds are highly nutritious comprising of calories, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals so coconut chutney with sunflower seeds will increase the nutrition value of your South Indian breakfast.