Benefits of Eating Sunflower Seeds:

–   Reduces risk for heart disease

-High amount of antioxidants helps prevent cancer

– Supports thyroid function

– Balances blood sugar levels and helps wards off diabetes

– Helps combat osteoporosis, bone loss, and muscle cramps

Sunflower Seeds

How to Cook/Use Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are a great and healthy snack but you can do more than just eat them plain.  Check out the recipes below:

Sunflower Balls


– 1 cup of quinoa

– 2 tablespoons of chia seeds

– 1/2 cup unsweetened toasted coconut flakes

– 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds

– 3 tablespoons of maple syrup

– 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

– 2/3 cup of cashew or almond butter


– Combine quinia, chia seeds, coconut, sunflower seeds, maple syrup, and vanilla in a bowl

– Add the nut butter and work with your hands to mix the ingredients together well

-Form into balls and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet

– Refrigerate or freeze

A delicious in-between meals snack!

Sunflower Seed Pesto


– 2 cups of fresh basil leaves

– 3 cloves of garlic

– 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds

– 1 teaspoon of lemon juice

– 1/4 cup of olive oil


– Add all ingredients into a food processor except for the olive oil

– Pulse while adding the olive oil

– Pulse until well blended

Walah! You have some pesto that can be used on sandwiches, pasta, veggies, bread, and so much more.

You can pretty much throw sunflower seeds (or any seeds for that matter) into anything you eat.  So go ahead.  Add a little boost to your meals!

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