The Power of Sunflower!

When you think of sunflower seeds, you may go back to your childhood days of popping them in your mouth, cracking the shell, chewing the kernal and then spitting out the empty shell. Would you ever think that those little snacks, usually consumed in the dug-out or in the stands of a baseball game, would be SO good for you?

Tiny sunflower seeds contain a world of nutrients. Fiber, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B9, Vitamin E, potassium, manganese, magnesium, iron, selenium, phosphorus and, unsaturated fat (“good fat”) are all found in one little seed. I should note, I’m talking about RAW sunflower seeds, not the ones in the slim packages that are flavored with salt and other fake ingredients.

Sunflower seed products are popping up everywhere these days. My favorite product is sunflower seed butter. The common question that most people ask me is why I chose sunflower seed butter over peanut butter. Peanuts are a large genetically modified crop and most of these GMO peanuts show up in commercial peanut butter. Also, commercial peanut butter usually contains large amounts of added sugar. Then the question would arise, “what about organic peanut butter?” It’s a safer bet and I would recommend it if you are stuck on peanut butter. But, why not try something new? Sunflower seed butter is filled with all of the nutrients listed above and is not a product of a GMO crop. Oh, and don’t forget about nut allergies….sunflower seed butter is a great alternative for those that suffer from nut allergies.
You can find sunflower seed butter at your local health food store, even Target is carrying it now. I get mine from EarthFare or Trader Joe’s.

Check out this sunbutter & crackers snack I found at Target for $3.99! It’s a nutritious meal! 

Another way I love to use sunflower seeds is on top of stir-frys, salads, or in trail-mixes. Sunflower seed butter can be used exactly like peanut butter and used as a replacement for peanut butter in recipes. Stock up on raw sunflower seeds from your local health food store. They usually run about $3-$4 per pound and you can get a LOT of sunflower seeds for that!

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