This week we start what will be a new monthly segment to our blog – the Linwoods Review.  In this section of our blog we will be reviewing the super healthy range of foods here at Linwoods, explaining the great benefits they can bring to your body.

The first product up for review is our milled organic sunflower and pumpkin seeds. When we think of the sunflower seed the first thing that comes to mind are bright yellow flowers and the smell and views of Summer.  Pumpkin seeds make us instantly think of Halloween, given the popularity of Pumpkin carving, so both these seeds are perfect for this time of year. Having left the Summer behind us and with Halloween and Winter on the way; it’s time to add some goodness into your food with the power of sunflower and pumpkin seeds. 

Through a process of milling and blending the seeds, we have created a super healthy product that is great for both your immune system and your muscles.  So if you’re looking for ways to aid your recovery and help your muscles after a tough training session or perhaps you just want to strengthen your immune system for the months ahead then these seeds could be just the answer. Not only do they taste great on anything (we may be a bit biased but they really do – we promise!), but they also provide some amazing health benefits, which we thought we would share with you.

Two teaspoons (30g) of Linwoods sunflower and pumpkin seeds provides you with:

• A great source of Vitamin E:  Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps to boost your immune system.  It helps you to maintain a healthy heart and is great for elderly in aiding memory retention.  Vitamin E also helps you to maintain healthy hair, skin, teeth, bones and nails meaning not only will you feel good on the inside but look great on the outside.  49% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin E is provided from 2 teaspoons (30g) of these seeds.

• A good source of iron:  It is important for your body to have iron in its system as it helps to carry oxygen from our lungs to the rest of our body.  Iron is also good for our muscles as it helps store oxygen in muscles for whenever it is needed.  If your body doesn’t get enough iron you can start to feel tired and weak.  Iron also helps carry oxygen to the brain, keeping you alert throughout the day.  Some meats and fish are high in iron and can be used along with the sunflower and pumpkin seeds to provide great supplements of iron to your body.  Two teaspoons of seeds (30g) provide 14% of your RDA of iron.

• A good source of zinc:  Another benefit of sunflower and pumpkin seeds the source of zinc they provide to your body (19% of RDA per 30g).  Zinc helps to develop muscle and strength helping your body releases the anabolic hormones – testosterone, growth hormones and IGF-1 which is an insulin like growth hormone.  Zinc also benefits the male and female reproductive systems as well as your hair, skin, nails and vision.

The rich blend of sunflower and pumpkin seeds help support a healthy, balanced diet and are a great addition to the diet of an active individual.  They can help speed up your metabolism and aid strength and conditioning training, while aiding your recovery.
The seeds provide a healthy boost to any meal and can be used as part of your ingredients and mixed into food or simply sprinkled over the top of a shake or salad.

These seeds are a great addition to many foods and some of our favourite’s ways to take them are:
• Sprinkle on a fruit salad
• Add to a natural yoghurt for some texture
• Mix into a vegetarian risotto
• Mix into the batter for chicken or fish goujons
• Blend into a fruit smoothie
• Sprinkle over a pumpkin or sweet potato soup

These are just some of the tasty dishes that sunflower and pumpkin seeds taste great with.  View our recipes page for more great ideas and inspiration and once you’re find your perfect recipe for the seeds, be sure to share them with us.