I am mildly obsessed with flax seed. I eat it every single day – sometimes twice a day. And I happen to think that you should, too. Here’s why:
1. Not a big fish fan? Flax seed is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, similar to those found in salmon. Omega-3’s provide a myriad of health benefits. Fighting inflammation, improving heart health, improving brain function and reducing the risks of breast, prostate and colon cancer are just a few.
2. Hate cancer? Me too. Flax seed contains lignan, a powerful antioxidant believed to prevent cancer, specifically breast cancer. Flax seed contains more lignan than other foods – 100 to 400 times the amount found in wheat bran, oats or rye.
3. Want to incorporate more fiber into your family’s diet? A single ounce of ground flax seed contains 32% of your daily fiber needs. Important to note: the fiber benefits only apply to ground flax. I keep a bag of ground flax but you can easily grind the seeds in a coffee grinder at home.
Here are some of my favorite ways to add flax seed to my diet – morning, noon and night.
-Sprinkle it on top of oatmeal or cold cereal – it tastes great and your husband won’t even notice.
-Muffins love flax – sprinkle it in to the batter before baking.
-Toss it into your salads for extra crunch.
-Add it to your bread dough to create a healthier sandwich.
-Mix it into your afternoon fruit smoothie – a perfect way to grind the flax seed for maximum health benefits.
-Create a yogurt parfait with Greek yogurt, fruit and flax seed for crunch.
-Throw it into cookie batter before baking.
-Mix a little Greek yogurt with cocoa powder and stevia. Add fresh berries and sprinkle on flax seed for a healthier alternative to ice cream.
Flax is affordable, available at any grocery store and easy to incorporate into your daily meal plan. The possibilities are endless – please post comments with the creative ways you add flax to your diet! Your heart will thank me. Now get going, your fork is waiting.