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You can easily rev your body’s disease-fighting potential by adding chia, hemp and flaxseeds to your favorite dishes. Here’s the scoop on some of the benefits these super seeds have to offer.

Chia

Packed with heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and vegetable protein; 2 tablespoons of chia equals approximately 7 grams of fiber.

How to use: Chia seeds have a neutral flavor. When mixed with water, they from a slippery gel. Blend into drinks, smoothies and puddings.

Quick recipe: Sparkling berry chia fresca — Stir together ½ cup mixed berry juice, ½ cup sparkling water and 1 tablespoon chia seeds. Or add chia seeds to your favorite smoothie.

Hemp

Contains all of the essential amino acids, making it a complete source of protein; 3 tablespoons of shelled hemp seeds equal approximately 10 grams of protein.

How to use: Hemp seeds have a similar taste and texture to walnuts. Add to mayonnaise, pesto and spreads for sandwiches.

Quick recipe: Hemp pesto — In a food processor or high-speed blender combine 1 cup fresh basil, ½ cup hulled hemp seeds, ¼ cup olive oil, ½ cup grated Parmesan, 2 garlic cloves, and salt and pepper to taste.

Flax

High in fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids; 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds equals approximately 2 grams of Omega-3s.

How to use: Flaxseeds have a grassy taste, but taste nuttier if you toast them. Use to top hot or cold cereal, or mix into raw batter.

Quick recipe: Blueberry-flax pancakes — Stir ¼ cup flaxseeds and 1 cup blueberries into your favorite pancake batter.

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