Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by Vicki Batts
A favorite childhood snack for many, sunflower seeds are also incredibly nutritious. Plus, since they require a lot of chewing and take a bit of time to eat, they tend to be more satisfying than other crunchy snacks. Sunflower seeds are typically thought of as the alternative for people with peanut and tree nut allergies. Perhaps it’s time you give this perfect seed a chance.
A serving of sunflower seeds contains 82% of your suggested daily vitamin E. Hello better skin and hair! They’re also rich in three B vitamins – which are necessary for keeping your brain in mint condition. Sunflower seeds are a good source of minerals like copper, phosphorus and magnesium. They also contain compounds known as phytosterols, which help reduce the amount of cholesterol in your blood – keeping your cardiovascular system healthy.
In addition to all that – a ¼ cup serving clocks in at 190 calories with a whopping 6 grams of protein, 16 grams of fat and 4 grams of fiber. Add a fresh, seasonal fruit and you’ve got a great afternoon snack for 300 calories or less that will keep you full for hours.
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