Flax seeds are fully of omega-3 fatty acids which are thought to be heart healthy. Just three tablespoons of flaxseeds have 8 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein! Flax seeds are a great way to add healthy fats to your diet to assist in blood sugar level stabilization for people with diabetes.
But when exactly would you use flaxseeds, and how do you use them? Below are five of my favorite ways for incorporating flax seeds into your daily diet.
Note: we prefer ground flax as they are easier to incorporate into your meal and are more easily digested.
Here’s a great organic ground flax seed you can try: Spectrum Ground Flaxseed.
- Add 2 tablespoons of flax seeds to your favorite smoothie recipe.
- Run out of eggs when baking? Replace each egg in your recipe with a “flax seed egg”. Simply add 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds with 3 tablespoons of warm water (per egg needed), stir, and allow to sit for five minutes. Next, simply add in your flax egg just as the recipe calls for.
- Add 2 tablespoons to your oatmeal while it is cooking.
- Don’t have time to cook protein for your lunch salad? Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of flax seed over it or mix them in with your dressing for a boost of fiber, fats and protein.
- Make a breakfast parfait: Use 1 cup of fat-free plain Greek yogurt mixed with a little stevia (liquid or powdered) and top with 1/2 cup fresh berries and 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds.
There are really no limits on how you can use flax seeds in your everyday diet. If you are looking to make low-carb baked goods, ground flax seeds will make a great addition to any recipe. I usually add about 1/4 cup of ground flax seeds to whatever recipe I am using to add a good boost of fiber to the recipe.