What the Flax?!

I realize this category is called “Ingredient of the Day,” which would indicate that I would be posting new ingredients DAILY.  Obviously, that hasn’t happened.  I’m sorry.  I really am.  Let’s just all pretend this is under the “Ingredient of the Day Week Month Year” category.  Just kidding…let’s shoot for weekly.

Dunt da da da! Flax Girl!

Anyway, I kind of just like the word “flax.”  It sounds like a superhero name to me…..like, it needs a slogan or a catch phrase or something.  How about this?

Have no fear, Flax is here!
 

Or….Everyone relax! Here comes Flax! 

Or….Flax Attacks!

Or….Okay, I’ll stop.  Plus I’m running out of words that rhyme with flax. 

On to more important matters…flax seeds have been around since ancient times, and that’s usually a good indication that a food is a healthy item.  Did the ancient Romans eat Big Macs and Hot Pockets?  No, they did not.  But they did eat stuff like olives, artichokes, and, of course, flax seeds.

Flax seeds are part of the healthy fat family, like avocados, nuts, and olives.  They’re super high in omega 3s, so they protect against all kinds of diseases, like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.  They also have anti-inflammatory qualities, help protect your bones, and lower blood pressure.  Plus, they’re high in fiber and (ignore this, male readers) have been shown to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women.  And from everything I know about hot flashes, this is a very, very good thing.  Am I right, menopausal ladies?

So now that you know all the good stuff about this ancient superfood, how the flax do you use it? (Oh my….I crack myself up with these plays on words.  Are you laughing too?  No?  Fine.  Be that way.)  Flax seeds can be purchased in seed (whole or ground) or oil form, and while, personally, I think any of these is fine, there are those that swear by purchasing only whole seeds.  Whole seed proponents aruge that this is the healthiest and most nutritious way to incorporate flax seeds into your diet because they’ve undergone no processing.  Ground seeds and oil are less fresh and, therefore, pack less of a punch, nutritionally-speaking.  This is all probably true, but I am of the mindset that if you want ground seeds or oil, get it.  It’s still healthy, and as long as you keep it sealed and refrigerated, you’re still going to reap the superfood benefits.

Now, if you prefer to buy whole flax seeds, which can be bought packaged or in bulk at Whole Foods or in the organic section of most grocery stores, you can easily add them to your meals.  You can also grind seeds yourself with a coffee or seed grinder and add the grounds to your breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  The oil can be used at every meal too.  Here are some of the ways flax seeds can be used in your everyday diet:

  • Add whole seeds, grounds, or oil to a salad
  • Add grounds or oil to oatmeal or yogurt
  • Sprinke grounds on cooked vegetables
  • Add grounds or oil to baking recipes
  • Put some whole seeds, grounds, or oil in a smoothie
  • Put oil in a healthy wrap at lunch time
  • Add grounds or oil to pasta sauce

Seriously guys, there are lots of ways to bring flax seeds into your diet, and the flavor is subtle enough that you probably won’t even notice it (if you worry about that sort of thing).  Your body, though, will notice all sorts of happy things, like fiber and omega 3s.  So….in a way, flax really is kind of a superhero. 

Yeah! Flax Attacks! Woot woot!

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2 comments so far

  1. Tara on

    I read somehwere that it is hard for the body to digest the whole flax seeds so that ground or oil is better. Don’t know what is true, but that’s my 2 cents:)

    • burn.some.goo on

      Tara, I think I have heard that too. People that buy whole seeds usually grind them, I think, but I have eaten them whole as well with no problems.


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