My dearest Aunt since the past year has been insisting to me on using FLAX SEEDS to my meals. I had a vague idea about them which was more like I knew it was good for ones health but in what way do these grains help you staying healthy? Upon googling ‘flax seed benefits’ you can find that these “tiny seeds have mighty benefits” as quoted by one of the website.
The flax seeds are lower form of carbohydrates which are rich in fiber, antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids. Major health benefits include reducing risk of heart disease, diabetes, asthma, lowers cholesterol, promotes healthy weight loss and fertility, prevents breast cancer (listening ladies?) and a lot more. The rest of the information is out there in detail. If you are a vegetarian then it is very essential that you add these in your daily diet.
I have been using the milled organic flax seeds by Linwoods. So how do I add these in my diet? Well, I love my food and I do try and eat healthy but that does not mean I live on salads and high protein, low carb food. Never have I been so strict about my diet (at least so far!). I eat everything everyday! What I mean is for example, I love my South-Indian meals so if I am making masala dosa (something like a crepe or pancake with potato stuffing) then I make sure I do not add ‘ghee’ (melted butter) but instead I add very little olive oil and it still tastes delicious! So I do indulge in delicious food yet these are a little changes I incorporate to my meals to stay healthy and feel less guilty! Ok so coming back to the topic how do I use these flax seeds to my meals. Say for instance I have made masala dosa or idly (steamed rice cakes) then I would have made coconut chutney. So I add 2 full teaspoons of flax seeds whilst grinding the coconut chutney. Similarly, I have recently learnt to make chapatis (dough made from whole wheat flour) so again before mixing the dough, I add 2 teaspoon spoon full of flax seeds. Flax seeds can be added to anything and everything! Whether you are having cereals, porridge, making a curry, pizza dough, juices or just about anything. I thank my Aunt for introducing me to these. Just 2 full teaspoons a day can make a lot of difference. It does not alter the taste! Hide them in your meals whilst you are cooking and you will end up providing you and your family with full benefit from these tiny-mighty seeds. Tastes great and feels good. It’s all about finding better ways to stay healthy.xx