Healthy Addition: Sesame Seeds

These tiny little seeds commonly found on bagels actually contain unique lignans (plant compounds), which help to lower cholesterol. Sesame seeds are also a good source of zinc, phosphorous, calcium, and copper. Need one more reason to include them in your diet? They help to protect the liver from oxidative damage.

So am I suggesting you make sesame seed bagels a regular addition to your daily food line-up? Nah, because there are much healthier ways to incorporate these tiny gems into your diet. Some of my favorites include adding tahini (aka sesame paste) to salad dressings and sandwiches, buying bread with sesame seeds on the crust (Trader Joe’s has a great option), coating fish (especially tuna) with the seeds, and adding whole sesame seeds to salads for starters. You can also purchase hummus with tahini included or just add some yourself. Hopefully, you now might be thinking of purchasing some seeds to have on hand. FYI – The most cost effective way to purchase them is from the bulk section of your nearest health food store.

Are you a fan of sesame seeds? Do you have a common way that you incorporate them into your diet?

Incredible Entirely Edible Egg

You might have noticed lately how the yolks of eggs are suddenly healthy for you. Well of course they always were, but another fad actually had us all thinking they were to be avoided and nothing but cholesterol raisers.

For all of us who bought into the egg-white-only-craze we were sadly  missing out.  Where are most of the nutrients in an egg found? Yep, it’s the yolk. And the brighter the yolk – the healthier the egg!

When buying your next dozen:

  • Brown or White? Brown usually cost more, but the color simply indicates the chicken’s breed.
  • Go organic – They’ve been found to have significantly more nutrients (specifically vitamin A, vitamin E and Omega 3s) and less cholesterol (specifically about 1/3 less than commercial eggs!).  In addition, they have less toxins and usually taste noticeably better.
  • Opt for free-range – These are from hens that lay their eggs outdoors. They’re thought to be more content hens since they have unlimited access to food and H20. And who knows, maybe you can taste that happiness in your next omelet? ;)

So don’t forget about eggs because they are an eggcelent (ha) source of nutrients you can include in every meal. And I highly suggest you don’t throw out that yoke… Keep it real, keep it whole!