Our skin requires constant care if we want it to be supple and healthy. This includes taking consistent care of it externally as well as internally. What does the latter imply? For starters, it means following a diet that includes skin-friendly foods and drinks. It is important to not only consume these items regularly but also do so in the right way. This allows us to take maximum advantage of all the benefits they have to offer. Today, we are going to specifically discuss how to consume nutritional seeds for healthy and glowing skin.
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Which Seeds Are Good For Your Skin?
There are many nutritional seeds available in the market today. Each of them comes with a range of health benefits. As for skin care, here are the top 5 types we recommend:
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Flax Seeds
- Sesame Seeds
To know more about how each kind contributes to healthy skin, click here. Experts advise against eating some of these seeds raw, as they may be hard to digest. So how should you be having them? Find out more below.
Here Are 5 Yummy And Easy Ways To Consume Seeds For Glowing Skin:
1. Snack on them after roasting
You can make your own snack mix by roasting pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds (separately). You can roast them in ghee/ butter/ oil and add salt, pepper and some masalas like black red chilli powder, garlic powder and/or garam masala. Simple yet satisfying, these roasted seeds might just become your go-to high-fibre snack. Remember to store the roasted seeds in an air-tight container. Click here for more such easy ways to relish pumpkin seeds
2. Sprinkle them on top of your salads
If you want glowing and youthful skin, you need to eat salads. Their combination of fresh veggies/ fruits with other ingredients like spices, nuts and protein make them a powerhouse of skin-friendly vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. (Click here to know more). One quick way to take them up a notch is to top them with a few roasted seeds. Not only does this add some crunch, but also extra nutrients. This recipe can help give you an idea.
3. Add them to your drinks
Whether it's a fruit smoothie or just some plain coconut water, adding some seeds to drinks is an easy way to boost their nutritional value. You can add chia seeds, pumpkin seeds or ground flax seeds to certain beverages. If you're looking for a smoothie recipe, check out this one. It contains the goodness of chia seeds, oats and apples. Flax seeds can similarly be added.
Chia seeds are especially used in summer drinks, thanks to their cooling effect. The simplest way to take advantage of these seeds is to soak chia seeds for at least 30 mins, strain and drink the water. Add some lemon, honey and/or cinnamon for extra flavour, if you wish.
4. Mix them with yoghurt
Smoothie bowls are all the rage right now. Many of these healthy bowls contain yoghurt, fruits and seeds. Hence, this is a great way to add some of these seeds to your diet. Here's a yummy recipe for inspiration. You can also use ground flax seeds to make a unique type of raita. Intrigued? Find the recipe here. However, for some people, milk products may have an unfavourable effect on their skin. Hence, you need to figure out what works best for you.
5. Use them to make wholesome crackers
Nutritional bars and crackers often contain nuts and seeds. Moreover, seeds such as sesame have long been used to make a variety of traditional cracker-like treats such as chikki. When making sweet crackers, it is important to stay away from recipes with refined sugar. We recommend using limited amounts of organic jaggery, honey or dates instead. You can also do away with a sweetener altogether and opt for spiced ones. Here's a simple recipe for a flax seeds cracker. A fitness expert also recently shared a recipe that uses multiple types of seeds. Watch the video here.
Remember that excessive consumption of these seeds will do more harm than good. Just because they are healthy, it doesn't mean that you need to have them in large amounts. Keep an eye on the quantity you eat daily and make them a part of a balanced diet that also includes other types of foods.
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