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4 super seeds to keep in your pantry

Here's a little pantry intel on the seeds we're stocking up on, and why.
Hemp, chia, flax and pumpkin seeds.
Left to right: Hemp, chia, flax and pumpkin seeds. (Photo, Erik Putz.)

Keeping your pantry cupboards well-stocked, up-to-date and organized at the same time can be challenging; this is why we like to stick to the basics, with a few specialty items (like tahini or pomegranate molasses) that inspire us. This month's power breakfasts story had us spending a lot of time in the kitchen with a variety of super seeds (if you haven't tried our superfood baked granola or breakfast power bars, you're missing out), and these are the four we're never running low on again:

1. Hemp seeds (or hearts): Packed with protein, omega 3 and 6, and magnesium. Their nutty flavour makes them perfect for salads, smoothies, granola and as a base for non-dairy milk.

2. Chia seeds: Also packed with protein, these dark seeds are high in fibre, calcium and omega 3. They're easily digested, so they don't need to be ground before use, and are great in smoothies, oatmeal, granola and more.


Related: 7 healthy seeds and how to use them


3. Flax seeds:  Rich in fibre, phytonutrients and omega 3, we like to use them in bread, pancakes, muffins and porridge.

4. Pumpkin seeds: Also called pepitas, these seeds are big on protein, zinc and magnesium. We recommend trying them in salads, granola, pesto and homemade power bars.

Already have some of these super seeds in the pantry? Here are 10 recipes to try:

Super seeds

Breakfast power bars: pumpkin seeds

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Breakfast Power BarsPhoto, Erik Putz.

Superfood granola: Hemp, chia, flax, pepitas.

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Superfood baked granola recipePhoto, Erik Putz.
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Overnight oatmeal: Chia.

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Overnight Chia OatmealPhoto, Erik Putz.

Berry blast smoothie bowl: Hemp.

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Berry blast smoothie bowlPhoto, Sian Richards.

Tropical twist smoothie bowl: Chia.

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Tropical twist smoothie bowlPhoto, Sian Richards.
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Grainy brown bread: Pepitas and flax.

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Best sandwich recipes: The salad sandwichPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Salmon and avocado burger: Flax.

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4 super seeds to keep in your pantry

Roast trout with pesto: Pumpkin seeds.

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4 super seeds to keep in your pantryPhoto, Roberto Caruso.
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Crispy chicken with collard greens: Chia.

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4 super seeds to keep in your pantryPhoto, Erik Putz.

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