Add a Dash of Flaxseed for a Blast of Omega-3 and Healthy Eating For Thanksgiving Meals
Judging by the number of times it’s being mentioned in Prevention, Shape, and other health-oriented magazines, Flaxseed (the grain with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, lignans and protein) is being rediscovered by everyone interested in better health. A little known fact is that flaxseed even substitutes for eggs and oil when cooking or baking.
Flaxseed, when ground or milled, is easy to add to everyday foods and has a nutty, buttery taste. Simply sprinkle over cereal, salads, pasta or stir into smoothies or juice.
If you want to help keep your family from gaining the dreaded 5lbs. this holiday season, consider flaxseed a great culinary tool. Self-control plays a role, but you can create super healthy recipes using flaxseed. You can still serve all the family favorites like turkey and mashed potatoes with gravy, even pumpkin pie and muffins, without the fat and calories from eggs and loads of butter. The oil in flaxseed is a great substitute for butter, margarine and oil.
It’s a 3:1 ratio. Substitute 3 tablespoons of ground flax for every 1 tablespoon of butter or margarine. The oil in the flax seeds binds like an egg. 1 tablespoon of ground flax + 3 tablespoons of water = one egg.
Sounds unbelievable, but its true!
Flax seed is a wonder food- rich in fiber, lingans and loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to help control appetite, increase “good” HDL cholesterol and lower blood pressure! Omega-3s are an important part of a healthy daily diet, but most people are deficient in Omega-3 consumption. Flax USA’s Organic Golden Flax comes from flaxseed, nature’s richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. The oils in flaxseed are more than 50% alphalinolenic acid (ALA). Just 14g of Flax USA’s milled flax gives a person 2800mg of Omega-3. Most people also don’t get enough fiber in their diets. It is recommended that people consume 25 to 30 grams of fiber every day. On average a person consumes only 13 grams.
Flax USA’s Organic Golden Flax is an excellent source of dietary fiber. Just one serving (14g milled) gives your 4 grams of fiber.
*** After finishing this post, I started surfing around for other recipes using flax seed. Check out the wonderful recipe I found for flax seed peanut butter! I’m sure it’d be delicious on bagles or English muffins. I’m also anxious to try it on fried Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches… Thank you, thank you very much. (In case you couldn’t tell, that was totally my Elvis impersonation.)