Sunday, September 25, 2011

flax·seed: [flaks-seed] noun


the seed of flax yielding linseed oil; linseed.
For the past couple of weeks I have been adding these little beauties to nearly everything I eat. You can eat them whole or ground up. You can put them in oatmeal, cereal, cookies, sauces and your dog's dinner. Seriously we give Will about a tablespoon of them every day in place of much more costly fish oils pills that he sometimes chooses not to eat.

Ground up they add a deliciously nutty taste that unless you were told (or put them in yourself) you would have no idea how much more healthy your meal had become. Two tablespoons of them ground up in my morning oatmeal give me 146% of my daily omega 3's, 25% of my daily magnesium, 20% folate and 15% of your B6's. They have fantastic anti-inflamatory properties, have been proven to reduce hot flashes, protect bone health, may result in nicer hair and healthier nails, and after two months have reduced cholesterol levels just as well as prescribed statin drugs. 

You can buy them whole and in bulk at health food stores. We keep our whole seeds in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and grind them in a coffee bean grinder (whose purpose is dedicated to flaxseeds as it is a royal pain to wash one) as we use them. Here is my little ball jar full of ground up seeds! Go give them a try, you have everything to gain!

1 comment:

  1. Really good to see these tips and hope to see more.