We eat them topped on our sushi rolls. Sometimes we even see them on the tops of our favorite baked breads. They’ve even been the perfect addition to some chewy candies. But sesame seeds, as small as they are, are packed with vitamins, minerals, nutrients as well as protein, which prove to be essential in rebuilding and repairing the human body. As we grow older in age, our bodies sustain more injurious hits, maybe you were a football player but no longer play or maybe you were overweight and loss the excess pounds. These are hits, and over a period of time, if we don’t provide our body with what it requires to repair the areas where we took these hits, they become breeding grounds for acid production and dis-ease.
But be not dismayed, Mother Earth always provides exactly what we need to live longer, more fulfilling and harmonious lives. All we have to do is seek and we shall find. Today’s precious discovery: Sesame Seeds.
DID YOU KNOW
- Sesame seed milk contains more calcium than cow’s milk?
- African slaves brought sesame seeds, which they called benne seeds, to America, where they became a popular ingredient in Southern dishes.
- Sesame seeds have a variety of colors, including red, yellow and brown.
Because sesame seeds are rich in iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc and selenium, they are the perfect bone food. Recovering from a fracture or a broken bone? Eat sesame seeds, as all of the before mentioned minerals are known to play key roles in making bones stronger and harder, producing red blood cells and breaking down and distributing enzymes. Unassumingly, sesame seeds are even essential for hormone production.
KEY THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN DEALING WITH SESAME SEEDS
- Always soak them over night, generously covering with water. This removes the enzyme inhibitors and allows the body to process the nutrients.
- Sesame seeds can be bitter. So, don’t think anythings amiss when you taste it. All of the minerals make them bitter.
- Soaked sesame seeds last up to three days in the refrigerator.
Try this A.M. recipe and feel the difference.
Pretty in Pink Strawberry Sesame Seed Milk
Equipment Needed: blender, cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer
- 3 cups spring water OR 3 cups fresh coconut water
- 1 cup soaked sesame seeds
- 3 cups fresh organic strawberries
- 1 ripe banana
- 2-5 dates ( If using coconut water start with the suggested two dates and increase with desired level of sweetness)
- 1 TBS lucuma superfood powder. (Can be purchased from Whole Foods, $12- $14
- Add sesame seeds and water to the blender.
- Blend on high for about 2 minutes.
- Strain through cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer.
- Re-introduce strained milk back into the blender.
- Add all other ingredients, except the banana.
- Wait until other ingredients are well blended and mostly smooth, then add banana.
- Blend shortly, or until smooth.