Now We’re Cooking With Flax!

In certain areas of my life I like to eat somewhat healthy. I often eat well throughout the week and sometimes splurge (a little too often) over the weekend. Oh well. Despite that, I am often on the hunt for new and different healthy foods. Last year I discovered Flax Seeds/ Flax Meal. I did some extremely basic research and decided to buy a bag and started adding it to all sorts of foods.

I found my flax meal at Whole Foods, but I am sure it is offered at most other health-oriented stores. With the little information I read I found out that although flax seeds can  be used in various recipes, flax meal is the product you reap the most benefits from. Flax seeds eaten whole pass through your body undigested. If all you can find is flax seed it can easily be ground up in a food processor, blender or coffee grinder.

I’m no nutritionist but some basic research explains that flax meal is loaded with fiber, (which is all around great for digestion as long as you are ingesting a fair amount of water) and omega-3 fatty acids.  And here, check out this website since it just about sums up the great points about flax meal because I don’t feel confident in my explanation.

Anywho, since I started taking flax meal on a whim I had to decide what foods to mix it in with on whim. I had read a lot of people sprinkle it on cereal…gross. All I got from that was little particles floating in my milk once the cereal was gone; seemed like a waster. I highly recommend adding flax meal to cream of wheat, oatmeal and yogurt if you are looking to add it into your meals. However, if you are looking to add it into your cooking and baking you are in luck, I have a  couple of good ideas! Here are some examples of foods I like to add flax meal to:

Granola
Couscous
Breading
Any dish with bread crumbs
Macaroni and Cheese
Muffins
Bread
Cookies
Granola Bars
Cupcakes/Cakes
Streusal Toppings

You can also use flax meal as a substitute for eggs! Which comes in handy when you don’t have any on hand or if you’re just a vegan.
***1 egg= tablespoon flax meal whisked with 3 tablespoons water. This can be used for baking recipes like breads, muffins, cakes, etc.

Remember you don’t want to eat TOO MUCH flax meal a day. About a tablespoon a day will suffice. Before you give it a go do a little research and make sure it is the right addition to your diet!

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