Bring on the Flax!

Haven’t tried flaxseed yet, where have you been!?  I recommend all my clients to add up to 2 T of ground flaxseed and/or chia seeds into their daily diets. 
Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its healthy reputation primarily to three ingredients (from webmd.com):

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75-800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  • Fiber, Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble type

My clients are always asking, “where do I use ground flaxseed?”  Here are some helpful ideas for you:

  • mix into your yogurt
  • mix into your oatmeal
  • add to any cereal
  • add to any soup after cooking
  • add to applesuace…tell the kids it’s cinnamon 😉
  • add to beans or chili after cooking
  • sprinkle onto a PB&J sandwhich
  • my mom adds it to pancake batter
  • mix into mashed potatoes after cooking
  • add to spaghetti sauce
  • mix into smoothies

Do you have any creative ideas to using flaxseed?  I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B

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