Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing + How Many Poppy Seeds Are Too Many?

Here's a quick and yummy dressing or sauce that you can use to top some fresh fruit or even a green salad! So what's the deal with poppy seeds anyway? They are the seeds that are derived from the dried pod of the poppy plant, and while they do contain small levels of opium alkaloids, when consumed in food these compounds produce a minimal effect on the human nervous system.

But what about eating poppy seeds just prior to undergoing a drug screening? Here's what Dr. Greger has to say about these crunchy little guys: How Many Poppy Seeds Are Too Many?

Poppy seeds' nutty, aromatic flavor is because of many fatty acids and essential volatile oils, which comprise about 50% of their net weight. The seeds are especially rich in oleic and linoleic acids. Oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fatty acid, helps lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increase HDL or "good cholesterol" levels in the blood. 

The seeds also have lots of healthy fiber and are a good source of B vitamins as well as minerals. So, enjoy them in moderation, like in baked goods or this tasty dressing!

  • 1 banana
  • 1½ cups strawberries
  • 1 TBS ground chia seeds
  • 1 TBS poppy seeds

  • Blend the first three ingredients. Add the poppy seeds and stir well to combine.

Makes about 2 cups. Enjoy!

Healthy trails,

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