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Cooking Healthy with Sunflower Seeds

People usually think of eating sunflower seeds just as a snack by the hand full. This is indeed a wonderful way to enjoy sunflower seeds. However, I have found that cooking with these seeds and adding them to my recipes has not only given me an opportunity to receive the valuable health benefits more often, but they add an interesting dimension to many dishes.

At first, I started by just adding them whole to salads and cereals. The nutty flavor and added texture was good. As I tried creating recipes in which I wanted a creamy texture without adding cream, I discovered yet another way to incorporate this highly nutritious and nutty flavored seed into my diet. I started grinding sunflower seeds to a fine powder and blending a moderate amount into the rest of the ingredients I was composing. The taste results were so good that I now grind about a month's supply of sunflower seeds at a time and keep them in my freezer to have a ready supply on hand. It's important to grind them fine, so they blend in well with your other ingredients.

When I want to add that extra boost to my oatmeal, I just add a tablespoon or so to the oats before cooking. Or when I want to make a non-dairy creamy dressing for my salad, I blend a small amount of my finely ground sunflower seeds into my dressing. Having already-ground sunflower seeds ready in the freezer makes these options easy and quick.

Because we have created recipes for you that minimize your preparation and cooking time, I have you simply adding whole sunflower seeds and blending well to grind. But if you can take a few minutes each month to pre-grind sunflower seeds and store them in your freezer, you'll find it even easier to incorporate these nutritious seeds into your meals, whether the recipes be ours or ones you create yourself.

Another way I add this beneficial food to my diet is to use it in place of flour when I want to dust a piece of meat or fish. Ground sunflower seeds make a delicious healthy substitute for bread crumbs.

You may also find it very interesting to read more about sunflower seeds. You may be surprised by the many nutritional benefits you can receive from this World's Healthiest Food.

Following are a few of my favorite recipes that include sunflower seeds. I hope they will inspire you to be creative and find more ways to enjoy these health-promoting seeds.

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