Fit Flaxseeds Into Your Day

My most current Recipe entry (wheat-free biscuits) features ground flaxseeds as a key ingredient.  Flaxseeds are a powerhouse of nutrition that can easily be incorporated into many foods you already eat.  It is super-important that you purchase fresh, quality flaxseeds and store them properly.  Nuts and seeds are high in fatty acids…..and those fats can become rancid if they are not kept cool, dry, and out of the light.  Why, you may ask, is it important to prevent rancidity?   Well, rancid oils in our bodies trigger oxidative stress and free-radical production.  Free-radicals are unstable molecules that go about stealing electrons from stable molecules…..thus rendering the stable molecules unstable.  It’s a real domino effect that can lead to decreased immune function and chronic illness.   So…..buy fresh flaxseeds, keep them in the fridge, and grind them as you use them.  The hard shells of the flaxseed need to be ground in order for you to digest and absorb their nutrients.  I pop mine into my Vitamix, but an inexpensive coffee grinder (to be used only for nuts and seeds) will do the job.

Two tablespoons of flaxseeds, containing 95 calories, are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.  These are the fatty acids we need to combat inflammation in our bodies.  It’s also the type of fatty acids that are so lacking in our diets.  These two tablespoons of flaxseeds also contain manganese, dietary fiber, magnesium, folate, copper, phosphorus, and vitamin B6.  These nutrients promote heart health and digestive health.

Here’s what I have doing with 1-2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds over the last couple of years………Try to get in 1-2 tablespoons every day!

*mixed them into pancake batter

*mixed them into cookie, muffin, or snack bar batter

*sprinkled them on my oatmeal (or any other hot breakfast cereal)

*mixed them into meatloaf mix

*added them to smoothies and protein drinks

*used them as a key ingredient in wheat-free biscuits

*added them to green salads or cooked vegetables for a nutty flavor touch

*sprinkled them on a peanut butter-dipped apple slice

*added them to homemade salad dressing

*added them to granola

*sprinkled them onto fruit salad and/or cottage cheese

So easy….so healthy…..and so “invisible”!

Sources: Clinical Nutrition: A Functional Approach

The World’s Healthiest Foods by George Mateljan

 

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