Nature's healthy snack food
Remember when you thought that quinoa was pronounced kwi-no-uh and açaí berries were exotic? Now there's a new crop of healthy snack foods for you to master (and munch): super seeds.
Hemp Seeds You don't have to be a hippie to enjoy these soft, pre-shelled seeds, which are great right out of the bag ($10 for 8 ounces), or sprinkled over yogurt, granola or cereal. Alternately, the next time you're making nut butter, mix in a handful for healthy, hempy goodness--the seeds are rich in omega-3, -6 and -9.
Chia Seeds The seed best known for sprouting grass on clay animals is getting renewed buzz. An excellent source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds are also high in soluble and nonsoluble fiber (to help you stay fuller, longer). Try Australian-based Chia Co.'s small, white seeds ($7 for 5 ounces), which make a great salad topper or homemade energy drink (just mix with juice).
Sacha Inchi While they look and taste similar to peanuts, the fruit of the Sacha Inchi plants are actually seeds that boast 13 times more omega-3 than wild salmon by weight. Our product pick: Saviseed's chocolate-covered seeds ($10 for 5 ounces), which satisfy even the most persistent sweet tooth.