I think I know about 6 women who are pregnant right now, and they are all due within one month of each other! I am SO excited for them! They are well into their second trimesters and are eating super nutritious diets to help be sure their babies develope properly. One of the most important nutrients a pregnant mother needs to be sure she is getting is Folic Acid. Prenatal vitamins are an excellent source of Folic Acid, but are you aware that sunflower seeds are also a fantastic source of folic acid?
Sunflower seeds are sometimes referred to as a superfood since they are one of nature’s top sources of folic acid. Folic acid is a B vitamin that is essential for the production of new cells, preventing birth defects, and reducing the risk of stoke. Sunflower kernels are one of the finest sources of B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), pantothenic acid, and riboflavin. Sunflower seeds also contain vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that scavenges cancer causing free radicals, supports brain and heart health, and promotes healthy skin, hair and nails.
It is easy to add Sunflower seeds into your diet so you can reap the benefits of a diet rich in Folic Acids during your pregnancy and after your have delivered. According to CalorieKing.com, 1/4 cup of Sunflower Seeds contains 165 calories, 5.5 grams of Protein and 3.2 grams of Fiber. Here are some serving tips:
- Roasted and salted sunflower seeds are enjoyed as healthy snack.
- They add crunchiness to salads; can be sprinkled over fried-rice dishes or sautéed vegetables.
- The seeds can be coated with chocolate, candied, or added in cakes, and muffins.
- The seeds can be added to salad dressings, casseroles, stuffings or baked goods.
- Grind sunflower seeds into a powder and add to your morning oatmeal or pancake mix.
- Coat chicken or Fish with sunflower seeds for added goodness.
- Sunflower seeds butter sold as SunButter is a suitable alternative in peanut allergic.
- Try SoL Sunflower Beverage to pack with your lunch or to enjoy with your snacks. Each 8oz. serving provides 20% of the RDA for folic acid.