ABC SUPERFOODS: F is for Flaxseed

Flaxseed

Benefits

Flaxseed can be used for various things, including making linens, so its Latin name actually means, “most useful.” It is most highly praised for containing essential Omega-3s, a nutrient that is often lacking in the standard American diet. Two tablespoons of flaxseed contain 2.6 grams of protein, 15% of the recommended daily fiber value, and 4% of the daily calcium value. It contains a compound called alpha-linolenic acid, which reduce inflammation-causing chemicals called prostaglandins. It has also been proven to lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, lower the risk for breast and prostate cancers, and is also chock-full of antioxidants.

At the Market

-Purchase ground flaxseed at most local supermarkets or health food stores.

In the Kitchen

-Add one tablespoon of ground flaxseed to your salad at lunch or oatmeal in the morning.

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-You can also substitute about a 1/4c of the flour called for in your baked good recipes for ground flaxseed (I do this all the time).

Recipe

Oil-Free Flax Dressing

6 Tbsp nutritional yeast
3 Tbsp tamari or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
6 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
3 Tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
3 tsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp flaxseed meal
1/4 cup cold water

Combine all ingredients in blender and mix well. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe taken from theveganroad.com

How do you use flaxseed?

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