Flaxseeds (aka Linseeds) may be tiny but, wow, do they pack a nutritional punch. That's why we use them in every one of our mixes.
Flaxseeds are believed to:
Keep hearts healthy
Increase good cholesterol
Decrease bad cholesterol
Help prevent cancer
Added to this, their antioxidant properties may help reduce the signs of aging, although not those such as: the uncontrollable urge to hoist up jeans over the bottoms of passing youths, experiencing severe separation anxiety when unable to locate your slippers and commenting that, in fact, every doctor you see appears to be the same age as Doogie Howser, MD*.
All in all, it’s no wonder humans have been consuming flaxseeds for over 5,000 years. And you know those omega-3 enriched eggs you see in the supermarkets? The chickens that produce those are fed flax to boost their omega levels. So, why not omega-enrich your own brood?
Flaxseeds are sold whole or ground. Ground seeds are easier to digest; there is a danger that the whole seeds will pass straight through leaving little nutritional value in their wake.
Here’s how we add a daily flax-fix to our recipes and snacks:
Stir it in your morning porridge or oatmeal.
Throw some in a smoothie (try our Brain Buster Smoothie recipe).
Bake with it. All of our baking mixes contain flaxseed.
Add it to granola or muesli.
Sprinkle it on yoghurt or fruit.
Cook with it; stir it into soups and casseroles.
Mix it in to bread or pizza dough (or save yourself some time and use our flaxseed-enriched Playful Pizza Dough).
Shake some over a salad.
Squish it in to homemade energy balls
Add some to homemade burgers (meat or veggie).
How do you eat yours? We’re always looking for new ideas and healthy recipes!
*For those of you born after the mid-1990s: Doogie Howser MD was a child genius, featured in the sitcom of the same name, who graduated from medical school at age 14. He probably ate a lot of flaxseeds.
For those of you born before the mid-1990s, Doogie Howser would be turning 44 this year. How old do we feel now?