written by Jane Hendry
Nutritional powerhouse; super food; packed with energy … these are just a few of the phrases associated with nuts and seeds in our diets.
Naturally high in protein, vitamins, and minerals, seeds and nuts are crunchy and flavourful, and are filled with healthy fats and LDL cholesterol – the good cholesterol, of course. Including a selection of nuts and seeds in your daily foods, will ensure you get a variety of essential nutrients that keep you happy, healthy, and full – especially during those pre-lunch and late afternoon energy slumps.
One of the best ways to ensure you get a good combination of healthy fats, amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, is to pack a nutritious and delicious Raw Bursts in with the rest of your lunch box. Include raw, unsalted nuts and seeds for the best quality, healthy snack.
Some nuts and seeds included in our Raw Bursts, are:
Almonds: protein, calcium and vitamin E
Cashews: non haem (plant based) iron and a low GI rating
Hazelnuts: fibre, potassium, folate, vitamin E
Macadamias: highest in monounsaturated fats, thiamin and manganese
Pecans: fibre and antioxidants
Pistachios: protein, potassium, plant sterols and the antioxidant resveratrol
Walnuts: alpha linoleic acid: plant omega 3 and antioxidants
Flax seeds: alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), dietary fibre, and lignans
Pumpkin seeds: protein, alkaline-forming, vitamin B like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folates, and L-tryptophan
Sunflower seeds: vitamin E, cholesterol-lowering phytosterol, and magnesium
Sesame seeds: manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fibre
If you prefer to include seeds with other meals, you can also try out our delicious Seeded Raw Bursts to pour over your salads and veggies that nutritionally boost your favourite salad.
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