Granted I've never been a fan of nuts, sunflower seeds and the like, since I'm not a fan of hard foods, I felt compelled to purchase these raw sunflower seeds at Trader Joe's when I was going through a health kick a while back and was trying to eat as raw as possible. These particular ones from TJ's are shelled, too, so it's just the sunflower seed kernal. They're small, not too hard to chew through, and most importantly, nutritious, so I thought I'd give 'em a whirl.
At 16g of fat per 1/4 cup serving size, these sunflower seeds contain more fat than I expected them to, but I guess that's how you make sunflower seed butter, right? At least it's mostly good fats! Its also got 8g of protein, takes care of 10% of the daily recommended iron intake and they're high in antioxidents.
I'm not such a huge big fan of eating these straight because honestly, they taste kind of like cardboard when consumed that way, but I have found other ways to sneak a little protein and antioxidents into my meals. My favorite uses for these raw sunflower seeds are:
As a salad topping. Much healthier than croutons!
On top of bagels with cream cheese as glue
Blended into smoothies. Might sound a little strange, but try it. It adds a little crunch to your drink!
Other ways that I'm thinking about consuming raw sunflower seeds:
When I finally get around to baking my own bread (check out this recipe), I think chopped up sunflower seeds would go lovely baked in and/or on top.
I'm also going to try chopping up the kernals and putting them in a variety of different dishes.
If you've got any suggestions for how to consume raw sunflower seeds, I'd love to hear them!
Now I'm going to go back to nom nom noming on my Caesar salad topped full of these :D
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