There are such wonderful benefits to Flax Seed and now a days it’s being added to many products such as frozen waffles, muffins, cereal, etc. Of course, I’m always looking to add an ingredient in a little more ‘whole food’ way without all the processing. Last week, I landed on a simple and quick breakfast idea from one of my favorite websites: yumuniverse.com that is great in the morning or as a post-workokut snack: Simple Raw Flax Fruit Salad. It is so simple, simply sliced up fruit, ground flax seed, some soaked sunflower seeds, and a pinch of pink himalayan salt. Truly Yummyness in the morning!
A few known benefits of Flax Seed: high in fiber, omega-3s, and a phytochemical called lignans (flax seed contains up to 800-more times of lignans than any other plant food and is high in plant estrogens and has antioxidant qualities.) There is evidence showing that Flax Seed may help in reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.
The plant omega 3-ALA present in Flax Seed is also an anti-inflammatory and may help in pro-inflammatory diseases and help in recovery post workout. According to the Flax Council of Canada, the recommended dose of 1-2 tablespoons of ground flax seed is optimal. Whole flaxseed is more likely to pass through the intestine tract undigested, thus you lose all these benefits so ground or milled is the way to go! Other ways to add flax seed to your diet, add it to oatmeal, yogurt, and salads! Finally, keep that ground flax seed in the freezer! The freezer will stop the flax seed from oxidizing and losing it’s nutritional potency.