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Monday, August 15, 2011

Flaxseed and Why it is so Great

One of the biggest and most important things I've learned from the Belly Fat Cure is the importance of Flaxseed in my diet. Whole seeds, ground and oil forms are all important and play a different roll. In my class with Jorge Cruise he talked a lot about including flaxseed in our diet. Reading about diet and talking with other women my age since that class, I have found ways to include this important seed in my diet.

Benefits of Flaxseed
What is SO darn great about flaxseed in its many forms? It is high in fatty acids, anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. All things our bodies really need, especially as we age, but we never seem to get enough of. Reports say that flaxseed oil contains hormone-balancing lignans and plant estrogens (also know as phytoestrogens) that help with a myriad of problems. The ones that most interest me are those associated with PMS and Menopause. At 42 I am feeling the mind (and body) numbing affects of both (yea me!).

I would love to see Jorge share more of this information with his readers through his Facebook page. Just google the benefits of flaxseed and you can see it claims to improve symptoms of gout, constipation, acne, eczema, gallstones, rosacea, brittle nails, dry hair, lupus, fiber cystic breasts, cold sore, hemmoroids and that is just the start of the list! Other reported benefits of flaxseed oil include decreased swelling and inflammation in the prostate glad and lowering LDL (the bad cholesterol). All really impressive and enough reasons to find ways to include it in any diet.

Flaxseed oil can go rancid very quickly if not stored in the refrigerator. The oil is highly unsaturated and should come in a dark container and purchased in the refrigerated section. I found flaxseed oil's price to be very high in the beginning, but now I look at it as a vitamin or supplement and it seems more reasonable. Whole flaxseeds have a long shelf life and can be ground at home for different recipes.

I try to use a combination of whole flaxseed, ground flaxseed and flaxseed oil in my diet each day. Each form contains different nutrients. My morning cereal is Uncle Sam's is loaded with whole flaxseed and it helps me get my minimum of 25 grams of fiber each day. I sprinkle ground flaxseed on meals that are low in fiber (like an omelet, or tuna salad). It also works as a great egg substitute for Vegan meals for the Husband. In the morning I take 2 Tbs of flaxseed oil to get a good dose of the Omega 3s, hoping it will combat my hot flashes.



Vegan Waffles (from the Husband)
Flax meal - this is the egg substitute
4 Tbsp flax seed meal
3/4 Cup water
Mix and set aside for ~10mins or until slurry is gelatinous like an egg. Microwave briefly to accelerate process.
Dry ingredients
1 c whole grain spelt flour (can be found at Whole Foods)
1 tsp baking powder
⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
Wet ingredients
1 c Unsweetened original almond nut milk
2 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
splash of vanilla
• Mix all dry in bowl
• Mix all wet ingredients except flax slurry in separate bowl
• Mix wet into dry and mix just until combined
• Gently, but quickly fold in flax slurry
• Pour batter into heated waffle iron and cook according to waffle iron

Instructions
Total cooking time may be up to twice as long when compared with regular waffles. Recommended: 7mins. For the Belly Fat Cure have 1/4 of the mixture to stay within the 5/2 S/C Value per meal. In maintenance I have these on weekend mornings.

6 comments:

  1. Great info Amber. I use the Chia seeds, but I am going to add some flaxseed too. Hope all is well and you enjoyed your vacation!

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  2. Thanks for another great article--I have been using flaxseed and flaxseed meal for awhile now. Have to get on the oil bandwagon again tho! And by the way, your post on the craftiness you've been up to was great,too! Loved the reupholstery project!

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  3. Thanks so much for doing the guest post Pattie! I really appreciate it! I also do chia in a few things too. Jorge also introduced me to chia, which I had never heard of. But Im putting flaxseeds to the peri-menopause test!

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  4. I knew flax seed was healthy, but I didn't realize that it's good for menopause issues! I go through phases where I have flax in the house, in various states, just used up my last bit. I should get more..

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  5. You should try this recipe either as a muffin, loaf of bread, or waffle recipe.

    Coconut Flaxmeal Bread

    Dry Ingredients
    2 cups flaxmeal
    1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut(can substitute 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 cup coconut)
    1/3 cup erythritol/xylitol
    1 tsp of stevia
    1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    2 tsp of cinammon

    Wet Ingredients
    5 eggs (beaten)
    1/2 cup water
    5 Tablespoons vegetable oil or coconut oil
    2 tsp vanilla
    Pre heat oven to 350.

    Mix together all dry ingredients in a bowl. Then in a separate bowl, mix all wet ingredients. Fold dry ingredients into wet and mix well. Don't beat like crazy, but be sure it's mixed well or the eggs do funny things!

    Immediately transfer batter to Pam sprayed loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until it passes the knife/toothpick test.If making muffins bake for 20 minutes (I use a silicone muffin tray).

    note: for waffles you will probably need to add and extra 1/2 cup to 1 cup of water to the batter as it firms up while sitting to make the next waffle. makes about 6 large waffles.

    Remove from pan immediately and cool before slicing.

    Delicious!!!

    thanks for sticking it out and being an inspiration to others out there.

    Grace

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  6. Hello, so happy to find you. I love your excitement. I've been what and sugar free for a week and feel like a new person. I'm super excited too!! I have a healthy eating group on Facebook and linked to some of your posts. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EatingGodsWay/

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