Flaxseed 101

Benefits of the super seed!

  • Flaxseeds are a powerhouse of nutritional benefits!
  • Flax is an annual plant with pale blue petals. The fruit contains the seeds. Flaxseed has a firm, shiny outer coating that varies from a golden wheat hue to a deep toasty brown.
  • Flaxseeds contain 7 times more potassium than a banana and more calcium than a cup of skim milk! Consuming about a ½ cup of flaxseeds per day will provide you with 831mg of Potassium, 236mg of Calcium, 431mg of Magnesium, and 112mcg of folic acid.
  • One tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains 1 gram of protein, 2 grams of fiber, 2 grams of polyunsaturated fatty acids (including the omega 3s) and 37 calories
  • Flaxseed is very versatile and is an excellent egg replacer in baked goods and can be sprinkled on salads, hot cereal, and in smoothies. Another boost is simply adding 2 tablespoons of our milled flaxseed into water or juice and drink it like an elixir.
  • Grind flaxseed with your coffee grinder, food processor or blender.
  • To incoporate more flax into your diet, you can use flaxseed flour when baking. Because flaxseed flour has such a high concentration of oil, you can use it as a substitute for eggs or fat in some baked goods as well as a replacement for some of the flour. Use it to make cookies, pancakes, muffins and cakes both lower in fat and vegan.
  • 1 Tbsp. of ground flaxseed and 3 Tbsp. of water = a replacement of one egg in baking
  • 3 Tbsp. of flax = 1 Tbsp. butter, margarine, shortening or vegetable oil
  • You may have to add more water to a recipe containing flaxseed flour to account for the high fiber content of the seeds; flaxseed flour soaks up moisture quickly.
  • Finely-milled flax flour lacks wheat flour’s gluten, so it won’t make a fluffy bread by itself. It’s also low in starch, so it won’t thicken a sauce in the same way wheat flour would.