Seeds make for a great snack. You can either eat them on their own, or add them to your smoothies, salad or just about any food. Apart from being super nutritious, they also bulk up the meal and make it more filling. If you’re still not sure which seeds should be on your shopping list, here are our favorite few:

1. Pomegranate Seeds: These tiny juicy seeds are low in calories, packed with antioxidants and fat-burning vitamin C. They add a burst of color and flavor to bland, boring salads.

2. Hemp Seeds: These seeds are a great source of proteins, especially for those who don’t eat meat. They pack in all 20 amino acids that help build muscles.

3. Chia Seeds: These seeds are rich in calcium. As little as two tablespoons can provide you with as much calcium as a slice of cheddar does.

4. Pumpkin Seeds: Pepitas are light and nutty, but are a powerhouse of iron that fuels you up with energy. Their mild, nutty flavor works for several recipes.

5. Flax Seeds: These seeds contain cancer-thwarting compounds called lignans and omega-3 fatty acids that can decrease disease-causing inflammation and heart issues. They’re also one of the best vegetarian sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

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After pursuing her Masters in Journalism, Vanessa got her first big job as a health writer and since then, she has never switched paths. She has always been intrigued by the wonders of a holistic lifestyle, and believes it was destiny that led her to writing for the wellness industry. In her natural state, you can find her tucked under a blanket watching an Indie film, or reading obsessively. At Z Living, she writes about food trends and other daily life expeditions.