Poppy seeds come from the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) and are likely native to the Eastern Mediterranean but are common throughout Europe. The tiny blue-grey coloured seeds have a delicate flavour - lightly sweet, nutty and floral.
They are great for digestion, bone strength, heart health, and balancing thyroid and brain function. The tiny seeds are also excellent for your health, bursting with protein, fibre, calcium, magnesium and copper.
Nutritional benefits of poppy seeds
Poppy seeds are incredible for your mental and physical well-being and simple to add to your diet. Check out some of their top nutritional benefits below:
Great source of protein - Our Blue Poppy Seeds contain 18 grams of protein in every 100 grams. This makes them the perfect option to reduce fat intake and increase protein to build muscle.
Full of fibre - Getting enough fibre throughout the day is challenging. So, stirring poppy seeds into meals or sprinkling them over food is a quick way to enhance fibre.
Contains calcium - Calcium is essential for strong bones, teeth and nails. But you don’t have to drink a glass of milk a day to get enough. Eating poppy seeds will instantly boost your calcium levels for a healthier body.
Rich in magnesium - Magnesium plays a critical role in releasing the sleep hormone melatonin. This hormone gives you a sleepy feeling that helps you drift off for a restful night. If you struggle to get enough sleep, including poppy seeds in your diet could be extremely helpful.
High in copper - Your body needs copper for a strong immune system. When you do not have enough, it decreases the production of white blood cells that fight harmful bacteria. So, be sure to eat copper-rich foods like poppy seeds.
Easy ways to eat poppy seeds
There are a myriad of ways to include poppy seeds in your diet. We have picked our top five and listed them below.
Bake into cakes - Poppy seeds enhance cakes with a mild crunch. Lemon and poppy seed muffins are an excellent place to start, but you can add them to almost any cake.
Sprinkle over porridge - If you have porridge for breakfast, an easy way to uplift its nutritional value is by including a teaspoon of poppy seeds.
Stir into pasta - Poppy seeds complement even the most basic dish. Mix some into pasta dishes for their copper, calcium and other health benefits.
Include in bread - If you want to try a new bread recipe, why not experiment with poppy seeds? They give bread a luxurious and nutritious twist.
Add to savoury dishes and snacks - Dust toast, crackers, stir-fries, eggs and cheese with poppy seeds for a health boost.
We pride ourselves in selecting the finest quality Blue Poppy Seeds for their delicious crunch, taste and nutritional benefits. Try them out today for a healthy and balanced lifestyle.