Just the Flax

Ok, so you have heard that Flax Seeds are healthy and good for you but you know very little about them.  Well, today you will get the Flax….I mean facts 🙂

These tiny little seeds pack a big anti-oxidant, nutritional punch.  They generally come in two basic varieties; brown, and yellow or golden.  Flax is grown for its seeds and fiber.  The seeds can be hard to digest but if you grind them first in a coffee grinder they become a fine powder and become activated for easier digestion.

Flax seeds are:

-High in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids (the good for your heart kind)

-High in dietary fiber

-Rich in calcium

-High in protein

-A good source of iron

-They help lower cholesterol (especially in women)

-They help balance hormones (all the husbands are running out now to buy them for their wives)

-They stabilize blood sugar levels and lessen the severity of Diabetes

-They benefit people with Breast and Prostate Cancer (a study at Duke University suggested that they may stunt the growth of prostate tumors)

There are many ways to add Flax into your diet.  You can sprinkle the seeds on salads, in cereal, in soups and in smoothies.  You can add them to stir-fry, salad dressings, dips and sauces.  You can mix them into cookies (like my raw vegan ones).  You can also add Flax seed meal (which is like a flour) into oatmeal blueberry pancakes or other recipes as a partial replacement for flour.  It also works as a substitute for eggs in baked goods.

For breast health it is recommended that you eat at least 3 Tablespoons of Flax a day.  So go ahead, give it a try, and let me know if you come up with other creative ways to get more Flax in your diet.

-Kristen

chosing healthy living over dying 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Just the Flax

    • Chia POWDER can be even better for you than SEEDS. Any seed that has been germinated (made into a powder) is easier for your body to absorb the nutrients. This is also true for flax seeds/flax powder.

      Try mixing:
      – 3 tbsp of Chia Powder with
      – 1/2 cup of unsweetened Almond Mylk.
      – organic cinnamon

      + mix for a few seconds. Let stand for 10 minutes. Feel free to add a sweetener if the taste doesn’t appeal to you–like raw honey, or agave nectar if you’re vegan.
      Add berries for added fiber and antioxidants (blueberries are best!)
      If you’re not liking the texture, add a little bit of water or more Almond mylk and stir again.

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