Who thought an itty bitty seed could pack a nutritional punch to your health? Flax seeds are a rich source of ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid) which is a type of Omega 3, along with ligins, which is a plant based phytoestrogen and an antioxidant. If you have a NEED for SEED in your diet, then check out these crazy ways to sneak this seed into your recipes!
Some Functional Ways To Use Flax Seeds
- Adapt your existing recipes by substituting flax for the oil or shortening specified in a recipe. If a recipe calls for 1/3 cup of oil, replace with 1 cup of ground flaxseed – a 3:1 substitution ratio. Also replace an egg for a dairy free alternative: 1 tbsp. ground flax + 3 tbsp. water
- Ground flax can be added to your morning juice or chocolate milk – usually a heaping tablespoon or two with your favorite beverage. Or you can sprinkle ground flax on cereals, yogurt or Betsy’s Best!
- Recommended Daily Usage – To get the maximum benefits from flax seeds it is recommend using 3 tbsp. of ground flax seeds per day.
Try this recipe for Homemade Dairy & Gluten-Free Pancakes!
Every little step that we take to form healthy eating habits and achieve good nutrition is well worth the effort.
Here are a few simple tips for good nutrition that you can take to increase the nutrient intake of your food.
- Eat Roasted Nuts! I know there is this whole “Raw” movement, but did you know it is more difficult for your body to digest raw nuts? By simply roasting the nut you will increase the antioxidant intake by 20%! Also, eating peanuts in the shell will increase the antioxidant intake due to the thin brown skin on the outside of the nut. Even better take those nuts to the grinder and turn them into a butter. This makes them not only easier to digest, but a super yummy snack. Betsy’s Best nut and seed butters are an even healthier choice because of the addition of the cinnamon, organic honey, and chia seeds which adds a super boost to the already healthy nut and seed spreads.
- Eat Avocado on Salads! Just by throwing 2 1/2 T worth of avocado on your salad you will increase your absorption rate of antioxidants, lycopene, and beta-carotene by 13%. These healthy mono-unsaturated fats will not only help you absorb the fat soluble vitamin K found in the leafy greens, but will also help you absorb the blend of antioxidants.
- Don’t chop those carrots! Simply by waiting to chop the carrot until after it has been cooked will not only increase the taste of the carrot but will also increase the nutritional content.
- Crush and Count– that is the rule of thumb when eating garlic. Simply by crushing the garlic and counting down 10 minutes will boost the enzymes in the garlic that will fight cancer cells in the body. Also pair garlic with fatty fish that are at risk of mercury content because the sulfhydryl will help chelate the mercury from the body.
- Dunk and Drink– By dunking your tea bag a few times before drinking will release more antioxidants. Then add lemon and it will boost the levels and keep them more stable.
Good nutrition doesn’t have to taste bad. Follow our easy and quick tips to simply boost the nutrition content of foods you are already eating. So Roast, Chop, Crush, Dunk and Eat those healthy foods to better your health!
By the way, October 22nd is #NationalNutDay!
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