I have enjoyed making my own flour for years…most times almond or brown rice flour. Today I’m making my special ‘Organic Super Seed’ flour. It consists of a combination of these super seeds…Pumpkin, Sesame, Chia and Sunflower seeds. After realizing how unhealthy it was, I kicked traditional white, processed flour to the curb over 15 years ago…and have never looked back.
Making your own healthy flour is so simple and easy, (not to mention how much money it saves you in the long run). Also, your kids will love jumping in there and helping, (my 8 year old basically took over and did a lot of the fun work herself).
The only thing you need to make your own flour is some sort of food grinder. By the way, I use a simple little, inexpensive, Mr. Coffee coffee grinder. Coffee bean grinders have worked wonderfully for me over the years.
Below is info on each of the seeds that I used today.
*Pumpkin Seeds…a fantastic source of protein, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron, copper, B vitamins, vitamin K and vitamin E. They also contain L-tryptophan, which promotes healthy sleeping patterns and lowers depression. High zinc levels make them a natural protector against osteoporosis. They are also the most alkaline-forming seed. According to studies, pumpkin seeds prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation, and significantly reduce inflammation.
*Sesame Seeds…not only are they an excellent source of copper and a very good source of manganese, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber. In addition to these important nutrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans, and to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage. Also, sesame seeds are proven to lower blood pressure, prevent diabetes, improve heart health, digestion and sleep, reduce inflammation, boost respiratory health, and aid in dental care. These powerful seeds improve blood circulation, detoxify the body, and eliminate depression and chronic stress.
*Chia Seeds…benefits include promoting healthy skin, reducing signs of aging, supporting the heart and digestive system, building stronger bones and muscles, and more. They’ve even been linked to helping reverse diabetes. The reason chia seeds are so beneficial is due to them being rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals.
Chia seeds also contain essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid; mucin; strontium’ vitamins A, B, E and D; and minerals, including sulphur, iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin and thiamine; and they’re a rich source of antioxidants.
*Sunflower Seeds…more than just a snack; they also deliver a significant amount of vitamin E to the body. They also provide us with antioxidants and carotenes, which can support the immune system of the body. There is also a moderate amount of magnesium, selenium manganese and phosphorus in sunflower seeds, while the outer shell provides dietary fiber. You can also find small amounts of zinc, copper and iron in these seeds, along with numerous B family vitamins . Sunflower seeds provide many health benefits such as promoting heart and skin health, stimulating hair growth, aiding in weight loss, lowering cholesterol, prevent certain cancers and balance hormonal levels, among others.
There you have it! I bet you didn’t realize just how easy it is to make your own healthy flour. Replacing white flour is one of the most important changes you can do for you and your family.
Let me know if you jump in there and give it a try!