Just the Flax

April 22nd, 2010 · Lisa · book review, Review · Comments

Today is Earth Day. I hope that each of you found a way to celebrate your appreciation for the planet we inhabit. I had the opportunity to help at an “Eating for the Earth” cooking demo at Whole Foods Market. It was great to see a room full of people interested in eating better for themselves and for the planet. 

I had a really busy day but I wanted to give you a tidbit of a post to peruse…I just didn’t want to miss a day. 

So, here’s some facts about flax for you to digest:

  • Flaxseeds have an ideal balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Flaxseeds are high in cholesterol lowering soluble fiber
  • Flaxseeds reduce blood cholesterol and the development of coronary artery disease
  • Flaxseed have been shown to reduce the growth of cancer cells. 

Flaxseeds can be incorporated into your diet in a million ways. Above, is a picture of the Salsa-Flax Crackers (p. 266) from Becoming Raw. I love dipping these into a spicy hummus or breaking them up in to crunchy bits to add some excitement to a salad. Flaxseeds can be ground and used to top salads or oatmeal – the nutty flavour is an acquired taste for some but not overpowering in most dishes.

Registered dieticians recommend adding a couple tablespoons of flax to your daily diet. Flaxseeds can move through your system without being fully digested so I suggest grinding them or soaking them before adding them to your dish to make sure you benefit from all of their nutritional properties.

Training Update:
I got up bright and early and did an intense weight/cardio interval workout for 30 minutes before heading to work. After 8 hours sitting in one room I escaped to prep food at Whole Foods and serve the attendees. Now, I’m going to brush my teeth and curl into bed. Good night Earth. Happy Day.

How do you use flax? Are you into crackers? Have you tried flax as an egg replacer in your baking?

Do you enjoy flax oil? Have you ever tried a flax oil?

8 Comments

  1. Posted April 22, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Yes to all of your questions. I have made flax crackers, and I enjoy them plain or with various toppings. I have used flax in baking, though I'm not baking much these days. I use flax oil in salad dressings, and sometimes I squirt some in my green smoothies. I also enjoy making Ani Phyo's Coconut Breakfast Cakes, which are basically ground flax plus coconut oil plus sweetener. I wasn't sure the first time I ate them, but I quickly grew accustomed to the taste and now I really enjoy them when I make them. Hope you get some really good rest.

  2. Posted April 23, 2010 at 7:43 am

    I do enjoy flax crackers. I do not have a dehydrator so I've only had boughten ones. We love flax oil here for making salad dressings and topping lots of dishes with a drizzle. Our favorite is Flora w/veg DHA. I do use it as well for an egg replacer. I've been wanting to make those cakes that Mindy is talking about…you are so busy, must be that veggie powered diet! I'm really enjoying your review of Becoming Raw, thanks!!! I as well hope you get some awesome sleep =)

  3. Posted April 23, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Currently I mainly just get flax through grinding it up to add to smoothies, and since that blog post of yours, ground up on top of cut up bananas with cinnamon and pumpkin seeds! 😛

    I would love to consume it in different ways, including crackers, but I don't have a dehydrator. Are there recipes out there for crackers that are baked using an oven?

    And yes, flax is my preferred egg replacer for baking. 🙂

  4. Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Thank for all the kind wishes for a restful night. Unfortunately my body had other ideas but I made it through the day at work and now I'm ready for the weekend!

    Mindy, I've mad Ani's breakfast cakes before – like you I wasn't in love with them – but now I have all kinds of flavour variations in mind.

    Tyrah, you can definitely make flax crackers in your oven on the lowest temperature. Just watch them carefully. They should take about an hour. I'm really glad you're enjoying the review. I promise to move on to something else in May!

    Hi Barbee,
    I hope you love the moon pies. Would you like me to post a flax cracker recipe with oven options? I'd be happy to share.

  5. Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Hope you post some of your breakfast cake variation ideas. I would enjoy trying them out. Sorry you didn't rest well. Could be all that iceberg lettuce wasn't resting well in your stomach :). Maybe some nice, soft, weighty avocado is in order! It will fill you up and give you the drowsy's:).

  6. Posted April 24, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Ooh yes please, I would love that!

    And of course, the moon pies were fantastic. In fact…I think I will go have another right now. 🙂

  7. Posted April 24, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Yes we use flax…mostly flax meal, I prefer it over the seeds. I used to eat flax oil but just for some reason stopped, not sure why, I think because I am obsessed with coconut oil.
    Pure2raw twins

  8. Posted April 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Mindy and Barbee…stayed tuned. I will have some recipes up for you soon.

    Twins! Welcome back from your travels. I understand your love of coconut oil. I think the benefits of flax are the important balance of Omegas, so I'm trying to make sure I get some in my diet a few times a week.

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