I am usually reading lot of information on healthy eating and recipes. I love the challenge of keeping my family healthy and doing what I can in order to insure my family is feeling their best.
One thing that I have added to our diets, in a pretty seamless way, is Flax. I have mentioned before that in adding any new healthy ingredient into our diets, namely whole wheat, sometimes can be hard. Which is OK. There are ways to slowly get into things, and we don't have to jump all at once. In fact, with somethings, slowly easing into the "new" can be easier on your body too.
Like Flax. Adding flax seed to your diet, you need to make sure your body can adjust. You can insure this by having adequate amounts of water in your diet.
A while back, I picked up some flax seed in our local bulk foods store. I started adding it into baked items. And no one even knew the difference. The only thing different I noticed was a new more golden color with my bread. It was beautiful!
Flax is a wonderful source of Omega-3Fatty Acids (good for brain, eyes, heart and nerves), and for fiber. About 4 tablespoons of ground flax seed meal has about 6 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber.
I have been adding ground flax seed to just about everything I bake, and it hasn't changed anything much. I haven't had to change other ingredients to try to balance out the flax seed. I actually have been just dumping it in. For my grandmother bread recipe, I add approximately 1/2 C. to the regular recipe.
How can you add this to your diet? Well, a bag of flax seed isn't very expensive. You can usually get them at a bulk food or health store. You can buy ground flax, but you can lose vitamins and minerals the longer it has been ground. It can also go bad quicker. If you buy whole flax seed, you can grind the seeds in a coffee grinder. ( I am going to be reviewing a coffee grinder from CSN Stores, an online retailer that sells everything from baby cribs to cookware. It has different levels of coarseness for grinding which will be nice.) This is going to be the best way to have flax, and add the most health benefits to your diet.
**Make sure you also have a good amount of water in your diet also. Watch that children who are eating food with extra flax in it or extra fiber in general, are getting adequate amounts of water.
I am not a doctor, and I can only tell you what I have done for my family. Please don't do anything because someone else has done it! DO the research YOURSELF! There is a LOT of info on Flax and flax seed in your diet. Please check it out. HERE is a good resource for info.
Step by step, you CAN make changes that are habit. And make a greater effort to be healthier. Flax is a great (secret!) way you can move in that directions with your family!