Healing Foods – Flaxseed

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So many great things to say about wonderful flaxseed.  The best most potent form of flax seed is when it is in its ground state, as it unlocks its healing properties.  Everything from digestive comfort, vascular health aid, to potential cancer deterrent.  As flaxseed is high in natural fiber it is a great laxative aid to constipation and IBS.  The fiber is also a great benefactor in reducing cholesterol levels.  Many recent studies are revealing the potential ability for flaxseed  to help combat cancers including breast and prostate.  Both the seed and oil contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid similar to those in fish oil that can reduce risk of heart disease and stroke. Ground flax seed meal is a great multi-purpose means to use the flaxseed in many recipes. We love it in smoothies, green drinks, soups, stews, dressings, salads, veggies, breads and more.  We put it in our breads and sweets we make including pancakes, waffles and other dishes.

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Facts To Know:  High heat kills its potent benefits.
Did you know that 1 tablespoon of ground flax and 3 tablespoons of water replace egg in all recipes.  If you haven’t tried it do.  Have all your favorites vegan with this great substitution.

There are two colors of flaxseed.
The left is golden flax, and the darker brown is the regular flaxseed.

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I typically use either whole foods bulk organic flaxseed, Trader Joe’s Golden Flaxseed, or Bob’s Red Mill Flaxseed and ground flaxseed.

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Egg Substitute

1 egg = 1 Tablespoon ground flax & 3 Tablespoons warm water

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