The rule is never go grocery shopping when hungry. Well, I did, again. I spent even more than usual at Whole Paycheck Foods, tossing a few extra items into my basket. It was totally worthwhile. My life has a delicious new snack. Freeland Foods Go Raw sprouted sunflower seeds are the best I have ever tasted. They are crunchier and lighter than other sunflower seed products, and far more delicious. A one-pound bag is $10, not what I would normally consider a reasonable price for sunflower seeds. But, now that I have tasted them I am willing to shell out the extra dinero and will definitely try other Go Raw products, like their sprouted pumpkin seeds and energy bars. I have been snacking on these by the handful, adding them to salads, and sprinkling them on the white of a sunny side up egg as it cooks (a yummy trick I learned from a German friend). My ambitious inner baker wants to put them in a seed bread, but undoubtedly won’t.
These 100% organic seeds are a living raw food. They are sprouted and then dried at 98°, not roasted in oil, then finished with a light sprinkling of Celtic sea salt. The bag lists a number of reasons why they are better for me and for the environment. They are gluten free, wheat free and nut free. There are no GMOs, trans fat or cholesterol. The family-owned and operated company in Mountain View, California is converting to a solar-powered production facility and will eventually transition to biodegradable packaging to be an entirely sustainable operation. Sweet.
The best part about this new treat is that sunflower seeds are so good for me! Shaken from those happy looking, giant yellow faces that follow the sun across the sky, I like to think that eating sunflower seeds is like swallowing all of that life-giving sunlight. They are a great source of protein and low in carbs, so they are a satisfying snack. They contain good fats which lower cholesterol and keep the coat shiny. Sunflower seeds are rich in cancer-fighting phytochemicals and nutrients like vitamin E and folate. Seeds and nuts are foods that ancient humans foraged, they contain essential elements of our diet and should not be overlooked.
A family friend I knew as Aunt Lu put sunflower seeds in a broccoli salad that I loved as a child. It is a classic Mid-West version that evokes for me memories of Sunday afternoons splashing in my grandparents’ pool while the grownups ate hamburgers and mayonnaise salads and drank cans of beer. Here is Aunt Lu’s recipe. If you have any favorite recipes that use sunflower seeds, will you please share them with me?
Broccoli Delight Salad
5 cups broccoli cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped red onions
2 Tbsp sugar
3 tablespoons salad vinegar
1 cup mayonnaise
10 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
1 cup sunflower seeds
Combine sugar vinegar and mayonnaise. Add broccoli, raisins and onions and combine. Chill to let flavors set. Before serving top with bacon and sunflower seeds.