Flaxseeds: Little super-food seeds that we knew about so long ago, they may feel like old news, but are definitely not. This recipe keeps them raw, though you can lightly toast or bake if you prefer a less green taste. Reportedly, even in moderate heat, they retain most of their many, many health benefits. Some of which are below. But first, the recipe:
- 1 C flaxseeds. Whole. buy them this way and grind when you intend to use them to prevent oxidation.
- 1 tsp raw honey
- Pinch+ sea salt. I'm using a black lava / activated charcoal infused variety lately)
- 2 Tbsp oil. Note: Because flaxseeds aren't high in oil (= lower fat) to make butter, you need some additional oil, which can come from other nuts, coconut, pumpkin or sunflower oil, or MCT. Note 2: Oils are refined. If you intend to eat as purely and naturally as possible, avoid oils. If you're comfortable indulging in them from time to time, this recipe works well with those with light-to-no flavor (e.g. no olive oil).
- Grind flaxseed.
- Very lightly warm honey (just enough to soften).
- Mix all ingredients together and scene.
- Consider adding cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla or cacao - cayenne, mesquite or otherwise.
- Cholesterol lowering.
- High fiber.
- High in omega-3 fatty acids (great for skin, hair, weight-loss, PMS symptoms and more).
"Most plant foods contain at least small amounts of phytonutrients called lignans. Lignans are unique fiber-related polyphenols that provide us with antioxidant benefits, fiber-like benefits, and also act as phytoestrogens. Among all commonly eaten foods, researchers now rank flaxseeds as the #1 source of lignans in human diets. Flaxseeds contain about 7 times as many lignans as the closest runner-up food (sesame seeds).
"When we think about antioxidant-rich foods, the first foods that come to mind are typically vegetables and fruits. Yet according to recent research, flaxseeds also belong high up on our list of antioxidant-rich foods. When flaxseeds are compared with other commonly eaten foods in terms of their total polyphenol content (polyphenols are one very important group of antioxidants), flaxseeds rank 9th among 100 commonly eaten foods. Flaxseeds turn out to be significantly higher in polyphenol antioxidants than fruits like blueberries or vegetables like olives.
More at The World's Healthiest Foods.