Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Flax seeds... Really, do I have to?

Okay I have heard for YEARS that flax seeds and their oil content are sooo wonderful for us...blah blah blah. I have never found a flax seed or flax oil that I have liked. I have swallowed the oil, holding my breath and making faces just to get it down. I have tried ground flax meal, I have tried to mask the flavor of the oil in salad dressings and still I am not sold. I have tried unsuccessfully to try and chew these little buggers.. and it is nearly impossible. Maybe chocolate dipped? 

However I am now turning over a new leaf. I am embracing this tiny little seed and all of it's wonderful glory! Golden Raw Flax Seeds.... my new friend. Who would have ever thought something so righteous as the flax seed would befriend someone as sassy as me. But it just happened, just like that.  There I was in the grocery baking aisle,  and this cute bearded gentleman was beaming down from the 4th shelf. It was Bob's Mill Organic Golden Flax Seeds. I think I bought them just because they said Golden.. and I fancy myself a sucker for glitzy things. So into the cart it went and on to my counter for it's next move.

 
Would you believe it...for 2 months straight I have been throwing into my morning smoothie 2 TBS of these lovely little seeds...grinding them up to a pulp in my Vitamix and enjoying their health benefits. Seriously... I have noticed some effect...(I think). Being someone who needs to include as much anti-inflammatory foodage as one muster into their diet... these little golden gems were a new found friend. My breakfast is truly a smoothie, every day.....I love it.. There are so many ways to pack goodness into a morning drink. I will list my current favorite below. Enjoy.. and please, do know that I understand your dislike of these little friends... just try them and let them work their golden magic.

 
mmmmm golden flax seeds

Morning Breakfast Smoothie
  • 1/8 of a pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic cherries
  • 1 peach, apricot, or other fleshy fruit
  • 2 TBS Bob's Organic Golden Flax Seeds
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup water, add more if smoothie is too thick
  • 1 TBS Artisana Raw Coconut Butter...this stuff is FAB
  • 1-2 TBS raw almond butter.... depending on how I am feeling
  • 1 small head of romain lettuce or other leafy green
Throw this all into your Vitamix and let her fly... Sometimes I throw in an ice cube or 2. Depending if I want it cold or not. Enjoy, drink up and be on your merry way for a fantastic day with your new best friend.. Flax Seeds.

19 comments:

  1. Hi,

    1 T flax seed with 2 T water, mixed, equals one egg in baking recipes. Just another way to get flax into your diet.

    Nice post!

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  2. I have a bag of flax seeds that have been sitting on my counter for two weeks....I will make something out of them....lol....I have to...sigh

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  3. Ok, I may give them another try. You definitely make them sound worth it and your recipe sounds really yummy!

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  4. Great! Yes, grind them - they add a lovely nuttiness!!

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  5. I seem to never find enough ways to eat the little seeds. I don't like them either. This one works for me... 1/4c steel cut oats (cooked), 2tbsp ground flax seeds, squirt agave sweetener, hand full of blueberries and milk to taste. Can't even taste them :-)

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  6. Hi Meg, Gary juices every night and used to add freshly ground flax seeds until, one day he noticed and "white" spot on the back of his hand. Over the next three weeks the spots became more prevalent. It turns out that too much flax can cause Vitalago(Michael Jackson skin disease). As soon as he stopped the flax, the spots began to fade. Now he adds just a small amount of flax and has added a good dose of Chia seeds to his juice.

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  7. @ Vegan Aide - Thank you for that tip... I have not cut out eggs out of my diet yet.. but I am making a cake today, I should try this substitute! Thank you!

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  8. @ Chef D and Nancy... let me know what you make with these little fellas, I am curious as to other peoples creations... I do put them into my homemade granola... once they are toasted they seem to chew up much easier... and they are toasted with maple syrup and coconut oil so they have to taste good after that.

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  9. @ Friday - love the idea...good idea for fall & winter breakfasts...

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  10. I like incorporating them into breads, and sometimes even cookies. Is that defeating the point? Maybe but it makes me feel better about eating bread and cookies! They actually add a pleasant texture to baked goods!

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  11. @ Jacob@maddox-taylor.com... I don't think it is defeating the point, however, we do not receive the nutritional value of them when we eat them whole because they are more difficult to digest. When they are ground, they are much easier to digest. Here is a bit of info....
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/flaxseed/AN01258

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  12. Love the breakfast smoothie recipe, will be trying!

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  13. Glad you all like the smoothie recipe. I change it up every day, but my staples are the pineapple and cherries..about 8 or so..sometimes I throw in some Stevia.. and we have this wonderful farmer who picks his Romaine when it is small.. I just love it, it is much sweeter. I also like kale or chard..and Spinach.. another good add. Add more of what you love!

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  14. Oh my gosh, I'm so glad you started your post the way you did! I've been hearing about flax seeds all over the place but have never been brave enough to try 'em. Perhaps now? I'll keep you posted :)

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  15. Nice smoothie! I actually really like golden flax seeds. I just made a flax egg with some organic golden flax seeds. It works pretty well as an egg substitute.
    Glad you found a flax see that you appreciate (smile)...

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  16. I love the title of this post...too funny! I really like ground flax in smoothies, and I do add it to muffin and bread recipes occasionally as well.

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  17. Sweet! I have not tried Flax seed but is taking Cod liver oil and not a good idea to put that in smoothies lol.
    I will get me some seeds :)
    Thank you for the friend request!

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  18. you know i have 2 whole packs of flaxseeds but i know what Im gonna use them for..thanks a ton

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  19. I use flaxseed frequently (even for my puppies food, usually in breads though...will have to try this:)

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