Ground flaxseed is:
- Ground flaxseed is high in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) a great source of Omega-3, and powerful phytonutrients, especially for vegans;;
- Adds flavor, fiber, and nutrition to muffins and batters;
- Can substitute for eggs and/or butter in some recipes.
- It should be eaten ground or crushed for maximum nutrition.
Flaxseed has a buttery, mildly nutty flavor.
NATURE’S “OFF” SWITCH
Fiber is the name of the game to get people’s natural “off” switch working. So Flax, aside from its nutrition, is a great “filler-upper” for all kinds of recipes that lets you enjoy, but reminds your body when to stop!
WHERE TO YOU USE IT
- Add to cereal, oatmeal, or smoothies for nutrition and flavor;
- Recipes for baked goods like banana breads, muffins;
- Adds depth of flavor to pancakes;
A FEW RIFFS
- Flax in brownie bites adds depth and richness and makes them more filling;
- Coat green beans with avocado oil then roll in ground flax seed, onion powder, salt and pepper and stir fry or sautée;
- A nice addition to pita dough.
Cold-milled is the way to go with Flax, which oxidizes with heat. It maintains as much of the nutrition as possible.
This organic flaxseed is finely ground, which improves both your digestion and the mouth-feel of it.
So the mill is important, which is why one of the finest mills you’ll find is Viva Naturals.
Their sifting systems seem to weed out larger bits well, and maintain a fine grind that is soft and light. Flax is milled at cool temperatures and never heated, preserving essential omega-3’s.
The grind is less important for breads and muffins and the like. It becomes much more noticeable if you’re making a smoothie or using it in yogurt or oatmeal. No one particularly likes gritty. Which is probably why I feel that this Viva Naturals product has a little edge on a very wide field full of, well, flax.
Viva Naturals buys flax grown in high mineral soil and harvest only when fully developed. Certified organic and non-GMO.
WHAT IS FLAX?
Flax was one of man’s first cultivated crops, and one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. Rich in heart-loving omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans, and both soluble and insoluble fiber.
To unlock its full potential, Keep ground flaxseed on hand to transform shakes, salads, baked goods, yogurt, oatmeal and more with its delightful nutty taste and nutrient-packed punch.
- Promotes Cardiovascular Health – ALA-rich diets have a 50-70% lower risk of a recurrence of heart complications, according to a Lyon Heart Study.
- Improved Inflammatory Response – Flaxseeds support a body’s cellular inflammatory response. Two tablespoons of ground flaxseed contain more than 140% of your recommended intake of omega-3 fatty acids, which researchers have shown to relieve joint stiffness.
- Supports Digestive Health – High in ALA and both soluble and insoluble fiber, and one of the highest sources of magnesium anywhere, flaxseed is a regular(ity) rockstar. These nutrients protect the digestive tract, maintain GI health and keep things moving. So don’t just trust your gut. Take care of it.*
They suggest you refrigerate it, but their packaging guarantees maximum freshness. I find that refrigeration sweats in a little moisture that impacts flavor. Best to seal and store in a cool, dark place in your pantry. If you don’t have such a place, then double bag it in the refrigerator.
There are a number of really good providers of ground flax. The nice, even fine grind, the seed quality, and price all give Viva Naturals my Jazz Chef Choicestuff Four Diamond nod.