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Sunflower Seeds Know Your Herbs and Spices

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Sunflowers come in all colors and sizes. But not all seeds are fit for human consumption.
This was the first year I attempted to grow sunflowers at the new house. I never grew these giants with food for us. Sunflower seeds were always grown for the birds. I’m happy to share those edible sunflowers with that honey bee pictured above and even a few birds.
When it comes to nutrition, sunflower seeds are high in Vitamin E, copper, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, Vitamin B6, folate, Vitamin B3, fiber.
Eat the seeds alone or add them to your favorite dishes.

  • Sprinkle sunflower seeds on your favorite salad.
  • Grind the seeds and use in nut butter recipes.
  • Mix them into your hot cereal.
  • Add them to bread dough.
  • Mix ground seeds with your bread crumbs for coating meat.
  • Add them to trail mix and granola.
  • Add ground seeds to smoothies.
  • Enjoy sunflower seeds any way you can. These tiny powerhouses are not only good but so good for you!

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    As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
    esh grown food as a focal point. . My hands-on programs and instruction helped hundreds of children and adults learn about where their food comes from and how important fresh food is for your body.
    Currently I’m a cook at a college in Pennsylvania. We prepare everything we can from scratch, including our potato chips that tout the seasoning of the day!
    Of course I write about food; it's in my blood!

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