The benefits of flax seeds are nothing short of amazing. With studies showing that flax seeds can help reduce the risk of and/or fight heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer, this tiny (yet mighty) food is considered one of the most powerful plant foods around. And, you know what the best part about these small wonders is? They are so easy to incorporate into almost any diet. Just grind them up and sprinkle them on your salad, yogurt, soup… or put them in a smoothie.
Simple as it sounds, it’s sometimes hard to get in the mode of incorporating something new into your day to day, so here are a few ideas of how to add flax into each part of your day:
To me yogurt is a perfect breakfast food. It’s light yet filling and can be changed up easily with different toppings, like granola or dried fruit. Sprinkle a tablespoon of ground flax seeds on top of that and you’ll be ready for a productive day ahead.
Trying to cut down on the caffeine but feel you must have something mid-day to get you to the finish line? How about a power smoothie? Personally, I’ve been enjoying the latest rave: cucumber and kiwi with a dash of ginger for a savory smoothie. Add a tablespoon of ground flax to that, or any of your favorite smoothie combos, for a little help to get you through your day.
It’s common knowledge that eating close to bed time is not a great idea. But if your day is anything like mine, food often gets pushed down on your priority list leaving that intense hunger to kick in once you start to relax in the evening. This is the perfect opportunity to put the power of flax fiber into your diet. When this high fiber food gets wet it forms a gelatinous substance making you feel full and feeling full usually means overeating less. Sprinkle a tablespoon of ground flax seed onto your salad or grain in the evening and feel the satisfaction of a full belly instead of a heavy one!
It’s important to note that since your stomach won’t digest whole flax seeds you’ll need to grind them in order to thoroughly benefit from adding them to your diet. Like most things, fresh is best, and this rule certainly applies when it comes to eating flax. It can take as short as 10 minutes for ground flax to start losing its nutritional value when exposed to light and oxygen, so be sure to use them in your drinks or food soon after you grind them.