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Inside Munchy Seeds: What Each Nutrient Does

Posted on 17/07/2014

We have a wide variety of different Munchy Seeds products but the common seeds that pop up in most of the products are sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. All of these seeds are absolutely bursting with goodness so we’re going to explain all the glorious benefits of seeds and how they can help you day to day and your health.

 

 

Protein

Firstly, and often some find surprising but seeds can actually be great sources of protein. Are very own Chilli Bites containing a combination of sunflower and pumpkin seeds have an impressive 26.9g of protein in every 100g. Protein in our diets is essential for growth and repair of the body, plus protein also provides us with energy.

 

 

Antioxidants

The majority of our seeds are packed with antioxidants too, which is a word we all hear quite often but are often puzzled as to what they exactly do. Firstly, antioxidants fight against oxidative stress and free radicals. Oxidation is a natural process but enjoying a diet with plenty of antioxidants helps keep the levels of free radicals low in your body, basically the lower your levels the less stress you will have.

 

Some research shows that antioxidants can actually reduce signs of aging and wrinkles by preserving the skins texture. Other research also indicates that antioxidants can also prevent particular diseases including cancer, immune dysfunction and Alzheimer’s.

 

Calcium

All of our seeds contain good levels of calcium, especially our Omega Sprinkles as they contain 23.8mg in just 25g. Most of us are aware calcium plays a vital role when it comes to strong bones and teeth. But research also shows calcium can help manage blood pressure and too little calcium can lead to nasty conditions such as rickets and osteoporosis.

 

Fibre

Seeds have naturally high fibre levels, which do wonders for your digestive system, help lower cholesterol and help control blood sugar levels.

 

Omega 3

Omega 3 Fatty acids contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and the functioning of the heart. Omega 3 is crucial to any diet as the body can’t always produce enough itself, which is why they often get called “essential” fatty acids.

 

So there are some brief explanations behind all the nutrients and goodness in our Munchy Seeds but don’t be fooled into thinking that’s it.. There are still plenty more benefits oozing from our seeds and if you don’t believe us check out the “Health Benefits” http://www.munchyseeds.co.uk/pages/health-benefitssection on our website!


A History Of Seeds

Posted on 23/06/2014

A History of Seeds

 

Seeds. They have been around for as long as any of us can remember: whether we’re garnishing salads, mixing into recipes or simply enjoying on their own. But do any of us really know our seed history? We’ve picked three very special seeds and explored each of their history..

 

Sunflower Seeds

First up the very popular sunflower seeds. The sunflower originated in North America although sunflower seeds were commercialised in years to come in Russia. However, it was Indian tribes who were the first to use the sunflower seeds. Often grounded or pounded into flour, which would then be added into cake or bread mixtures. Some tribes even added it to various vegetable dishes but also the majority of tribes would crack open the sunflower seeds and enjoy them on their own as a snack.

Shortly after, Indian tribes began squeezing the oils out of sunflower seeds, which they would also add into their cooking and bread mixtures. By 1830 sunflower oil was produced on a large commercial scale throughout Russia. The Russians sunflower seeds and oil quickly travelled the world, reaching America in the 1880’s.

 

Sesame Seeds

The earliest record of sesame seeds being used as food comes from an Assyrian myth that claims the Gods drank sesame wine the night before they created the Earth. Although, with sesame seeds being the oldest garnish there are many records dating back 5,000 years of different people using it throughout countries. The Chinese used to burn the sesame oil for a light source and African slaves brought them back to America, although they referred to them as “Benne’ Seeds” and quickly sesame seeds became a popular ingredient in Southern American food.

As sesame seeds are well known for their oils they were used in some of the earliest recorded condiments and are still used to this day as oil for cooking.

 

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkins and pumpkin seeds are native to America with the word “pepita” being strongly linked to the plant and its Mexican heritage. The Spanish phrase “pepita de calabaza” means “little seed of squash”. Pumpkin seeds were a celebrated food amongst Native American Tribes, treasured for dietary and medical properties. It’s great popularity in America didn’t take long to spread around the world and the seeds quickly became part of everyday cooking and eating throughout Europe, with India and Asia being particularly drawn to their medical properties too.

There you have it, a little bit of history into three of our favourite seeds of all time. If all this seed talk has made you a little peckish or you fancy getting creative in the kitchen with seed recipes then head over to our online shop, to our extensive variety of seeds which are enough to inspire any serious snacker or chef! 


Day For Dad

Posted on 09/06/2014

 

With Fathers Day quickly approaching (Sunday 15th June – if any of you had forgotten!) it is time to start planning what to do for the day. To get the ball rolling we have come up with a list of 10 possible places/activities to do or see with Dad.

 

1. Marwell Zoo (http://www.marwell.org.uk/)

If Dad’s into a bit of monkeying around then a day trip to the zoo is perfect and Marwell Zoo has plenty on offer to keep the whole family occupied.

2. Family Bike Ride

If you fancy saving a bit of money then why not head out on a simple family bike ride? Pack a tasty picnic and plenty of drinks and you’re sorted for the day!

3. Beaulieu (http://www.beaulieu.co.uk/)

Is Dad a bit of a motor maniac? Then pop down to Beaulieu: the world famous National Motor Museum as well as loads on offer for all the family. Although we’re sure Dad will love the “World of Top Gear” attraction there!

4. Homemade Breakfast In Bed

Whatever you are up to, you can’t go wrong with a delicious breakfast. A traditional full English always goes down well but you could get creative with the kids and make some homemade pancakes and get the kids to personalise them with toppings!

5. Science Museum (http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/)

London’s Science Museum is a great day out for all the family and to enter it’s absolutely free! Meaning more money to treat the family to something in the gift shop or a tasty treat afterwards.

6. Spot of footie? Fishing? Golf?

We all know Dad’s have their one favourite hobby, so why not make Fathers Day the best day by dedicating a whole day to something Dad loves.

7. Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum (http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/museum_and_tours/)

Is Dad a bit of a tennis fanatic? Then Wimbledon Museum will be right up his street plus, you can even get a guided tour!

8. Family BBQ

Obviously weather dependent but after a day dedicated to Dad a decent family BBQ is on the cards but be sure to stock up on all of Dad’s favourites!

9. Open Gardens Squares Weekend (http://www.opensquares.org/)

Got a green-fingered Father? Then go and explore over 200 gardens over Fathers Day weekend! 

10. Seaside and Fish & Chips

Similar to the family BBQ idea being weather dependent but if it is a sunny day then a trip to the seaside is ideal as you can tuck into a portion of delicious fish and chips whilst admiring the views.

 

Whatever you get up to for Fathers Day we hope you enjoy it and also hope our list of ideas has inspired you! 


Easter Celebrations Around The World

Posted on 16/04/2014

Easter is the perfect time to fill your face with endless amounts of chocolate, especially if you gave it up for Lent. We all know how we celebrate Easter in this country but what about others?

 

Germany

Similar to us, Germans enjoy fish dishes on Good Friday then attend a service at church on Sunday. Sunday is known as ‘Family Day’ where they enjoy a Sunday lunch and cake shaped like a lamb.

An Easter tradition they also have is the Easter Fire, where they grab all the old Christmas trees and burn them in a special place. This symbolises cleaning away the last signs of winter and welcoming spring.

 

America

Most Americans spend it at a traditional church service then with family, to celebrate the festivities. In large cities including New York parades are held which often includes children wearing Easter bonnets. The parade is led by someone carrying a candle or cross too. Food is also a big part of the celebrations especially on Easter Sunday!

 

Italy

Easter is often known as La Pasqua in Italy. During Easter you can hear church bells ringing up until the Thursday before Good Friday, which is when they go silent for a few days as people remember the death of Jesus. The bells ring out again on the morning of Easter Sunday showing that Jesus is alive again.

On Easter Sunday many children find eggs scattered throughout their house and garden and go on an Easter Egg Hunt to find them all. Pretzels were in actual fact an original food that was made and eaten during Easter, as the twisted shape was supposed to represent arms crossed in prayer.

 

Whatever you get up to this Easter whether it’s going to church, seeing family or friends or tucking into chocolate we hope you enjoy it!


The Breakfast Breakdown

Posted on 07/04/2014

 

Whilst munching on your cereals early in the morning did you ever wonder what different types or styles of breakfast there were? What do people in other countries eat? Well, you can stop wondering and read on as we have the breakfast breakdown for you!

 

Continental Breakfast

 

First up is the continental, something you often see on the breakfast menus of hotels. It’s one of the lighter breakfasts you can enjoy which generally includes coffee, teas, fresh juices, fruit and a variety of tempting pastries.

 

English Breakfast

 

Next up the beloved and possible food coma inducing English breakfast. Every now and then you just can’t say no to a mouth watering large plate of crispy bacon, sausages, fried mushrooms, eggs and bread. Can you?

 

American Breakfast

If you thought the English was big then you’re in for a shock with the American breakfast. Just like the English, American breakfasts offer sausages, bacon, eggs and bread. But that isn’t where it ends, oh no, next come the heavenly pancakes with syrup (we can hear our bellies rumbling already!).

 

French Breakfast

 

It wouldn’t be right if fresh bread or pastries weren’t on the menu for a French breakfast, especially the ever popular croissant. French breakfasts consist of fresh baguettes and pastries served with butter and jams. All washed down with a coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

 

Now we can imagine these descriptions have got you a bit peckish, you might even fancy some pancakes – we don’t blame you! If so head over to our recipes section where we have a whole variety of delicious recipes that all use our beloved Munchy Seeds. Our fluffy pancake recipe with juicy raspberries and Honey seeds is a MUST! 


A Gift Guide For Mothers Day

Posted on 14/03/2014

 

With Mothers Day approaching, we could all do with that little bit of munchspiration to inspire us to purchase or make unique, personal and most importantly adored gifts. Below is 5 possible Mothers Day gifts to give you that little bit of much needed inspo!

 

1. Bath Pamper Gift Box, £9.95 

What mum doesn’t love a good soak in the bath? This present is absolutely perfectly and gorgeously packaged too. What’s also great is that you can choose which fragrance you want out of three, which makes it that little bit more personal for mum!

 

2.  Homemade Candles

If you fancy a bit of a challenge and getting real creative, then why not make some unique homemade candles for mum this year. They make the perfect gift to as you can personalise them with colours, shapes, decorations etc.

 

 

3. Save Water And Drink Champagne Tea Towel, £9.99

If you’re after a bit of humour and cheek then this tea towel is absolutely perfect.Also, if champagne isn’t her thing they do a variety of other options including wine, chocolate and tea.

 

4. Love & Hugs Chocolate Gift, £26.

Of course a luxury box of delicious chocolates is quite frankly one of the best options for Mothers Day. Hotel Chocolat have a variety of mouth watering treats available including this Love & Hugs Gift Box, which offers creamy chocolate truffles, smooth pralines and much more!

 

5. Personalised Mothers Day Coupons/Tokens

This a fantastic gift, as they can be personal but also very useful and appreciated. With tokens offering cooking the dinner, doing the washing or simply free hugs. You can buy ones online that you can personalise too on Notonthehighstreet.com or to make them even more personal you could have a go at making them yourself – plus it makes a great arts & craft activity for the kids. Click here for some inspiration and how to guide. 

 

We hope these gift ideas have helped you out or even inspired you for another gift. Either way we hope you all have a lovely Mothers Day!


Seedy Scones

Posted on 28/02/2014

Heat oven to 220C. Place the flour, salt, baking powder & cayenne pepper into a large bowl, then rub in the butter. Stir in the cheese & Munchy Seeds, then add the milk – if it feels like it might be too dry, add a touch more milk, then bring together to make a soft dough.

Lightly dust your baking tray, roll out the dough and cut into rough squares.

Bake for 12-15 mins until well risen and golden.

Delicious straight from the oven with butter! Yum...

 


Seedy Scones

Posted on 28/02/2014


Fluffy Heart Pancakes With Juicy Raspberries!

Posted on 12/02/2014

Here is the perfect little dessert recipe, which will go down swimmingly after any Valentines Day meal. A combination of fresh fluffy pancakes served with  our very own Honey Munchy Seeds and juicy raspberries. 
 
 
Ingredients
 
• 50g Honey Munchy Seeds
• 50g caster sugar
• 70g plain flour
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
• 25g butter, melted
• 1 egg
• 80ml milk
• 200g raspberries, cut in half
 
 
 
 
 
Instructions
 
Blitz the Munchy Seeds till it resembles almond meal. Chuck it in with the rest of the dry ingredients. Gradually add the wet to the dry mixture. Heat the frying pan on a medium low heat and spray with non stick. Spray the heart cutter with non stick spray too.
 
Place your heart shaped cutter on the frying pan. Pour about 2 tbsp of batter into the cutter. Top the batter with the halved raspberries and cook until small bubbles appear on the surface.Slowly remove the cutter, then flip over. Repeat, until all the batter had been used.
 
Our personal recommendation would be to serve it with a rich hot chocolate sauce and a good dollop of whipped cream! If you do make this tasty dessert then please do send us images on Twitter to @MunchySeeds or Instagram @MunchySeeds. We cannot wait to see them and hope you all have a lovely Valentines Day!

Munchy Heart Pancakes With Juicy Raspberries!

Posted on 07/02/2014

Beat together the melted butter, egg and milk.  Add the ground Honey Seeds, sugar, flour, salt, baking powder & bicarbonate of soda & mix.

Heat the frying pan on a medium heat.  Place your heart shaped cutter into your frying pan and pour 2 tblsp of mixture into the cutter.  Top the mixture with the halved raspberries and cook until small bubbles appear on the surface.

Slowly remove the cutter, then flip over. Repeat, until all the mixture has been used.

Serve with chocolate sauce and a dollop of whipped cream!

 

By Rochelle Hutchinson


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