Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesdays' Tip - Flax Seed

This post originally published April 8, 2008

Today's Tip is: flax seed!

Flax seed is an ancient and awesome little plant. You can weave linen from its fibers. You can press the seeds for oil. And for our purposes here, you can grind the seeds to make a wonderful additive for lots of tasty dishes.

Flax seed has Omega-3 fatty acid. Yes, that wonderful nutrient that is in salmon that helps our hearts, lowers cholesterol, and is a great cancer fighter can also be in your baked goods. I throw a couple of tablespoons in most things I bake. Cookies, muffins, bread. As long as you are using whole wheat flour (and I know you are!), you won't even know it is there. I love spiking the food with extra health boosts and no one knows it's there. I'm like the health fairy. (Michelle - maybe you can help me make a health fairy graphic!) But I digress. You can also sprinkle it on your breakfast cereal or on your salads. It has a nutty taste.

You can find it in your grocery store either with the other baking supplies or in the health food section. A box that will last you a good long time, depending on how much you bake, is only about $2.50.

Live healthy!


YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

If I tell you this will you no talk to me anymore? I don't use any whole wheat flour at all. Still just using AP flour.

Karen G said...

I put flax seed in my yogurt or oatmeal. It also makes a tasty topping to tilapia when broiled...sort of a crunchy crust.

Michelle Potter said...

I'd gladly help you with a graphic, but I am not good with things like that. If you have a picture, I can add text and a border and stuff, but I'm awful at coming up with something creative from scratch. (I am not creative or artistic - that's why I like photography. All I have to do is get an image of something that already exists! LOL.)

Anonymous said...

I love flax seed :) It makes granola yummy.