Don’t let this tiny seed fool you, it is packed with many benefits. Flax seeds contain fiber, lignans, micronutrients, and essential omega-3 fatty acids. It has been shown to help lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, prevent hardening of the arteries and may even be helpful to people with certain types of cancer. You can find a lot more information on health benefits and other uses here and here.
The best way to consume this amazing little seed is to grind it up, whole flax seeds will just pass through your system and you won’t get the benefits. You can buy ground/milled flax-seed or you can grind it up yourself in a coffee grinder. It is best to store your ground flax-seed in the refrigerator or freezer to keep them from going bad. It is recommended to take 1-2 tablespoons daily.
If you have never used ground flax before, or you are not sure how to get more into your daily diet have no fear! I have some great ideas for you, and you won’t even taste the flax in most of these.
- Stir into unsweetened applesauce (I like to add a sprinkle of cinnamon for the benefits of that as well)
- Stir into yogurt
- Add to your morning oatmeal or overnight oatmeal
- Sprinkle on top of cereal
- Bake into bread, such as this wonderful oatmeal molasses bread
- Bake into muffins
- Add to homemade tortillas (which you can also turn into baked chips)
- Add to meatloaf or meatballs
- Make some homemade popcorn, stir in some unrefined coconut oil and sprinkle on top along with some sea salt
- Sprinkle on top of ice cream or frozen yogurt
I asked my Facebook friends to share some of the ways they use flax seeds and these were the responses I received:
Chandra- “I put flax-seed in my green smoothies in the morning. Spinach, kale, cucumber, flax seed, a banana, frozen blueberries, a couple frozen strawberries and a little fresh OJ. All 3 of the kids love it. (and so does my hubby!)”
Jessica- “I have made peanut butter/granola ball snacks with honey and flax-seed in it. Delicious! I did throw a little bit of chocolate chips in for some yummy goodness ;)”
Pari’- “We eat ground flax every single day in our lunch smoothies. Even if you don’t have this routine, ground flax is much easier than the seeds to consume wether it be cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, or baked into practically any goods. You can also get cold milled flax-seed oil & pour it on any dish once it’s done cooking. Such as salads, casseroles, stir fries etc. A little bit goes a long way!” (Note: The oil does not contain the fiber benefit)
Haley- “They make flax-seed chips and they are yummy!! They taste kinda like fritos!” (She recommends these corn chips with flax seed)
I hope this has inspired you to get more flax into your diet. If you have any other ideas please let us know in the comments 🙂