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  • Writer's pictureBrittney daCosta Banning

Sprinkles! The Nutrition Boost That Takes Seconds

Give quite literally anything you eat a nutrition boost with sprinkles. Yes, sprinkles! Ok, probably not the colorful sugary kind. (But if that’s your thing, no judgement here.) Think uber tiny but packs a nutritional punch.


Add any of these tiny sprinkles to your meals and snacks and add a boost of nutrients in just seconds.



TINY YET POWERFUL NUTRITION BOOSTS


CHIA SEEDS


Chia seeds are an excellent way to help you stay hydrated for longer periods of time. I like to add them to my water with a squeeze of lemon during a workout or when I know I’m going to be outside in the heat for long periods of time.


These tiny seeds are a superfood for a reason. Packed with fiber, protein, and calcium in just one ounce. Naturally while grain, gluten-free, and usually organic. Chia seeds make a great addition to any meal.


TURMERIC


This is a personal favorite of mine. It’s rich strong flavor has made its way into my waffles, smoothies, and even my morning oatmeal.


Turmeric has a reputation for being a top anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and having antibacterial properties due to its high levels of curcumin.


Pro tip: Make a point to include black pepper when using turmeric as the piperine in the pepper enhances your body’s ability to absorb the curcumin in the turmeric.

BEE POLLEN


Bee pollen is often overlooked but it’s packed with antioxidants, and is a top-choice anti-inflammatory, having been compared to pharmaceutical drugs like ibuprofen.


I find bee pollen to be a little more tricky in that I don’t care for the flavor in everything. Still, though, it ends up in my smoothies and oatmeal pretty regularly. Or for an instant energy boost, I like to have it straight from the spoon with some honey.


Side note: If you’re allergic to bees in any way, steer clear of this tiny nutritional powerhouse.


GROUND FLAX SEEDS


I specify ground and not whole flax seeds as the whole seeds are more likely to go straight through your intestines without leaving any of its benefits behind.


I think flax seeds have a subtle nutty taste. Therefore, I find myself tossing them into just about anything from salads, tacos, dips, etc. The ground seeds also make great thickeners for things like jams and sauces.


HEMP SEEDS


Technically a nut, this is another category that’s versatile with its subtle nutty taste. I love sprinkling these into yogurt, on granola, as well as onto salads.


Hemp Seeds are known for their benefits to the heart due to high levels of magnesium. And they’re packed with protein which is why you’ll often see hemp protein powders on the shelves or as an add-in at smoothie shops.



HOW TO ADD THEM TO YOUR MEALS


I’ve been on a sprinkle kick lately. As you may have gathered, I add them to just about anything I can think of! I sprinkle on smoothies, mix into desserts, stir into beverages. And I don't stop there. I mix them into soups and I even sprinkle on steak or chicken.


Make it fun for your kiddo and let them help you start sprinkling too. The options are endless!


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