Recently, Flaxseed has been popping up on my Pinterest board, on blog sites, and has become a staple in the recipes of the many health nuts on my Instagram. Why, though? Research shows that flaxseed can do anything from help you lose weight to preventing breast cancer. According to a study conducted at Shivaji University in India, flaxseed is made up of fiber, protein, and what is called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Before I bore you too much ALA is known for its anti-inflammatory capabilities along with anti-thrombotic (prevention of blood clots) and anti-arrhythmic (prevention of abnormal heart rhythms) qualities. Its easy to see why its becoming so popular. But now how do you incorporate this wonder of the earth into your everyday life? Below are a few ways to use it.
- Hair gel- My hair hates being messed with. I will not hold curl or any kind of styling. Bobby pins barely stay in. So I need a good product for strength. The problem is my hair gets super greasy and nasty after a couple of hours. After using this product I get the hold I need without all the chemicals doing damage to my hair and scalp. Its crazy that more people do not use this because it is healthy and cost effective.
- Smoothies- I do not use a measuring cup for smoothies so this is guesswork
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp Ground Flaxseed
1/3 c blueberries
hand full of baby spinach
- Oatmeal- I am not a big fan of oatmeal but my Husband loves it! Cook your oatmeal normal and just stir in a tablespoon of ground Flaxseed to thicken it and add extra nutrients.
- Granola bars-My husband grabs the oatmeal but I usually grab a granola bar. I prefer homemade but I understand not always having the time but it is another great way to incorporate Flaxseed. Eatwell101 has a great recipe for No Bake Granola Bars.
- Sprinkled over random pieces of food- Yes, You can add ground flaxseed to your coating mix. Think Chicken Parmesan. Fried chicken, shrimp, or steak. YUMM!
- Homemade Pudding- Pudding is a good alternative to oatmeal for breakfast but it can also serve as a quick dessert.
Using a 1:1 ratio, mix ground Flaxseed and water. Microwave until warm then add desired add in such as sweetener, nuts, raisins, etc. Then microwave again until warm. If that doesn’t work for you. Here is a real recipe.
Gutte, K. B. (2015). Bioactive Components of Flaxseed and its Health Benefits. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences Review and Research. Retrieved August 7, 2018, from file:///C:/Users/trist/Downloads/BioactivecompoundsofFlexseed.pdf.