Flax seeds anyone?
Flax seeds are little nutrient powerhouses. They contain protein, good carbs, fiber, magnesium, potassium, calcium, folate, some B vitamins and insane omega 3 fatty acids. In order to absorb all of that goodness, it’s best to grind them before eating as they are easier to digest and absorb. You can eat them whole, but you’ll miss quite a bit of the nutrient density.
It’s best to buy them whole and grind them yourself v buying them already ground. The reason you want to DIY is that once you grind them, they lose their qi, their essence, their nutrient density. Who knows how long ago they were ground and sitting in that bag. A coffee grinder will do the trick, or if you’re feeling old school, a mortar and pestle.
Also best to keep them in the fridge or freezer as the oil is somewhat unstable, meaning they will go rancid in the heat. Flax oil is also not meant for cooking, given that it is unstable. When heat is applied, it will compromise the integrity of the oil and create free radicals, which you then eat and absorb into your body. If you do use flax oil, it’s best as a finishing oil or in salad dressings.
In addition to sprinkling flax meal onto your salad, you can also make a flax egg using 1 tbsp ground flax seeds and 2.5 tbsp water. Mostly used as a binder when you make something like fritters, veggie burgers or in some baking. It’s not a 1:1 replacement in a recipe, so best to do a quick Google search on what will work.
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Also, have you ever heard of a flax egg?