Sunflower Seed Power

From burgers to cookies, here are ways to get this mighty--and delicious--seed into your daily diet

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Harvested sunflower seeds
These little black and white beauties pack in a high dose of vitamin E, protein and healthy fats.

Updated Jul 4, 2017 @ 12:15 pm

As the days get shorter and we all go back to spending more hours in the office than the great outdoors, you can replace that lost sun (and fun) time with this little snack. Sunflower seeds are one of the highest natural sources of vitamin E, which supports skin health and helps protect against free-radical damage. As a good source of healthy fats, they also help hydrate your skin and give it a natural glow.

To get these benefits, simply add a ¼ of cup of sunflower seeds to your day. It will provide you with the recommended daily dose of vitamin E, along with 6 grams of protein, healthy fats and extra minerals like magnesium.

Watch: How sunflower seeds are harvested!

Here’s how:

Start your morning with some grain-free granola and yogurt. Our favorite version is a blend of sunflower seeds, pecans, almonds, hemp seeds and a dash of cinnamon.

Add a scoop or two of sunflower seed butter to your oatmeal. Look for jars without added hydrogenated fats, sugars or thickening agents—or make your own.

For lunch or dinner, try making your own veggie burgers with sunflower seeds or buy some pre-made Sunshine Burgers topped with avocado and sprouts.

If you prefer a sweeter delivery method, make these quick and healthy cookies, starring sunflower seeds and jam.

Storage tip: Because these potent kernels contain oodles of unsaturated fat, they can easily go rancid. Keep them fresh by storing them in a tightly sealed container in your fridge or freezer.

Stick to these tips and you’ll keep your summer glow even as the leaves begin to change.