Flexing your Flax Muscle
Flaxseed’s reputation as a super-food is well-deserved. It’s a great source of fiber that helps keep your appetite in check and can also relieve and prevent constipation.
But that’s just the beginning of a long list of healthy benefits. Flax contains lignans, compounds that appear to protect against cancer. It’s also one of the richest plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
When combined with water, ground flax forms a viscous gel that acts as a binder in baked goods — a boon for vegans and those with allergies to eggs. It can also be used to replace some of the oil in a recipe, reducing the fat and calories per serving.
The other day, a friend of mine confided that, after hearing me talk about the many benefits, she bought some flaxseeds but had no idea what to do with them. For all of you in the same boat, here are some great recipes that make the most of all flax has to offer.
A tablespoon or two of flaxseed turns a simple smoothie into a nutritional powerhouse.
Ground flaxseed adds nutrition — and reduces the fat — in these healthy after-school treats.
Add a quarter cup of ground flaxseed to just about any muffin recipe for a nutritional boost.
A tablespoon of flax adds a nutty flavor to this easy-to-make, vegetable-packed entree.
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