Flax is a seed grown in cool climates. Ground flax is said to be more easily digestible than the seed itself. I use a coffee grinder to grind it up!
So flax- it has Omega 3 fatty acids, which may have these benefits:
- great source of fiber
- natural antioxidant
- reduced risk of cancer, diabetes, heart attack
- helps lower cholesterol
- protective effects against breast cancer and prostate cancer
- can help with hot flashes and constipation
You can find flaxseed in the health food section of your local grocery store. It is sold as seeds and ground, but is usually more cost efficient if you purchase the seeds and grind yourself. Whole Foods and health stores will definitely have it if you cannot find in your supermarket.
In the fridge or freezer
FLAX IN FOODS
The easiest way to incorporate flax into your diet is a tablespoon here and there - in baked goods (cookies, muffins, breads - throw it into the dough), oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, smoothies... try it out!
Try this recipe, adapted from here: it only makes 6-8 muffins
Almond Surprise Power Muffins
1/4 c brown sugar - I need to try agave to see if that works too
1 tbsp canola oil
1/3 c ground flax
2/3 c ground oatmeal
1/3 c whole wheat flour
1 mashed banana or 1 cup of pumpkin or sweet potato puree
1/2 tsp baking soda
1.5 tbs almond butter (optional)
Use a whisk and whisk all together then put half the batter into each muffin cup,add a tspish of almond butter to each one, then top with rest of batter, then bake until set! Add some chocolate chips for an extra! : )
ready to go in the oven...
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