Flax seeds are a wonderful source of omega 3 fatty acids ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), soluble and insoluble fiber, antioxidants, and phytoestrogens.
Flax seeds contain lignans which are beneficial for cardiovascular health and diabetes type 2. In addition, flax is high in potassium as well as a good source of calcium and magnesium. Flaxseeds also promote mild estrogenic function, which can ultimately help with hormonal balance.
Buy the whole, organic seeds and grind them in a coffee grinder as you use need them. Store them in a cool, dry place.
In addition to sprinkling ground flax seeds on yogurt, salads, and using them in baking, you can also make this easy granola. It makes a great snack or add it to yogurt or eat it like a cold cereal with organic milk or organic, plant-based milk.
Flax Granola – recipe adapted from Recitas, Lyn-Genet, the Plan, 2014.
1 cup whole flax seeds
½ cup ground flax seeds
3/4 cup water
½ - 1 teas. of any of the following ground spices – cinnamon, cardamon or ginger
¼ teas. Himalayan sea salt
½ cup crushed walnuts, almonds, pecans – all optional and to your taste
Mix the seeds and ground seeds with the water in a medium sized bowl. Add the spices and refrigerate overnight. Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a greased baking sheet. It is very thick, so you might need to use a rubber spatula to help spread it. Bake at 275 degrees F for 1-2 hour. Half an hour into the bake, flip the mixture to dry it out completely. It’s fine if it breaks apart. Add the optional raisins and nuts 10 minutes before removing from the oven. Make sure that all the pieces are crispy. Store in an air-tight container.