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.
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?