Flax Seeds…

Maybe you’ve noticed by now that many of the foods I use or make contain flax seeds.  Why?  Because even though they are tiny, they are a nutritional powerhouse of sorts.  Flax seeds are loaded with fiber, antioxidants, B vitamins, magnesium,  manganese and most importantly Omega-3 fatty acids.  I talked a lot about Omega-3′s last week as part of the  brain food post, but I want to expand on this a bit more.   There is increasing evidence that Omega-3 fatty acids fight against inflammation in our bodies.  Inflammation in our bodies can lead to a variety of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and even some cancers.  All in all these little seeds pack quite a punch and they are low on the glycemic index scale meaning they have a much lower effect on insulin levels than most grains.

I typically buy whole flax seeds and use a blender to grind them so they are fresh when I add them to my recipes (doing this maximizes the nutritional value).  However, on occasion I will buy flax meal which are flax seeds ground into a flour like substance just to save some time in the kitchen.   Some foods I buy on a regular basis contain flax including the Joseph’s lavash bread wraps, Joseph’s tortillas, Joseph’s pita pockets, Trader Joe’s Flax Seed taco chips, etc…  I also add ground flax seeds to most of my muffin recipes, waffles, pancakes, smoothies…you name it!  Flax seeds are a staple around here because they are so easy to use and they provide a payload of nutrients!

 

Today’s lunch includes:  cheese & onion quesadillas on Joseph’s flax seed tortillas, salad with ranch dressing, strawberries/kiwi, Trader Joe’s flax seed taco chips, brownie

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5 Responses to Flax Seeds…

  1. Thank you so much for this post Jamie! My son loves flax and asks to have it with his cereal each morning. (We just sprinkle it on top.) It has a nice but not overpowering nutty flavor and he knows how important it is. Love that he thinks about nutrition at only 9 years old! ;) We adopted him through foster care, and it means so much to him that we care enough about what he eats. He’s on many medications for emotional and behavioral issues, and this helps with his digestive tract as well as providing a boost for his brain. He didn’t have a great start to life, so we try to do all that we can to make up for it now. Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge with the rest of us so that we can better our children’s as well as our own diets!

  2. Holleigh Harris says:

    Yay! Omega-3s!

    There are 4 parts to this Dr. Oz video about Omega-3s. He thinks that Omega-3s are the most important supplement we can take. Another thing I learned from him is that there are 2 types of Omega-3s.

    http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/know-your-omega-fatty-acids-pt-4

  3. Kelli Marek says:

    I check your blog every morning for your amazing new ideas. Thank you again.
    I’m sure you have mentioned where you get the Joseph’s bread before but would you mind telling me again? Online? I know they have a store, but it seems as though you have to order in cases. Thanks.

    • Jamie says:

      HI Kelli-
      I buy the Joseph’s bread at my local grocery store in the deli section. You might contact your deli manager to see if it is something they would consider selling at their store. I hope that helps!

  4. Jesseka says:

    Hey I was just browsing through your older posts and re-read this one about flax. I’ve been trying to incorporate this into more of our foods and when I was at our Wal-mart I stumbled upon flaxmilk. (I have to buy alternative milk/cheese/dairy for my son b/c he has severe dairy allergies) Have you ever seen this and do you have any idea if it’s as nutritional (or even close) as just the flax seeds? It tasted really good and my son just loved it!

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