I don't often write a health post. But I should.
I feel like I am still learning SO MUCH about a healthy lifestyle myself that what can I possibly have to share? But I should probably change that because in my home we're after optimum health. We're not wonderful at it but we work at it and I talk about it A LOT IRL (in real life). So I should share with you online too. Right?
First off my disclaimer. I'm not a doctor. I don't make any claims. You should check with your own health practitioner do what is right for you!
Flaxseed has been the subject du' jour in my extended family (I'm taking French lessons). My mother is particularly enamored with it for it's heart health benefits. There is a history of heart issues in my family.
By now I'm guessing you may have heard of omega-3 fatty acids as being good for heart health. You can get your Omega 3's in all sorts of supplement form and some of it even tastes like dessert!
Side note: My sister tuned me on to Barleans but we prefer to purchase it from a local store that keeps it in the refrigerator case. Costco carries something similar but it is not kept in the refrigerator case so I can't speak to the freshness of it.
Now if you don't know the best source of Omega 3 is fish but depending upon where you live fresh fish may be hard to come by. And even if it is in abundance sometimes the price can be more than the budget can spare. When my dad comes to visit us here in the Pacific Northwest fresh salmon is always on the menu because it is so expensive where he is.
We try to eat some sort of fish once a week. Our preference is salmon although every once in a while we get a hankering for some catfish and then there my mother's favorite black cod. I like smelt. And well the list can go on.
But fish isn't the only source of Omega-3. There are three different kinds of Omega-3s, and the third kind, ALA, isn't found in fish, but in walnuts and flaxseed. Ooooh! Faxseed.
Flaxseed has a nice texture and crunch and lately it has grown in popularity as a great addon to salads, soups, stews, cereal, and even baked goods! It has a great deal of fiber, so it can help you to feel full fast. And it also helps digestion and elimination (mui importante).
My mother loves her flaxseed and has a freezer full of it! The ideal is to purchase the whole flaxseed and grind it as you use it. Flaxseed has a very short shelflife and can go rancid on you quick (wish I had known this a while ago). There are varying reports on how long it will last in the freezer (the whole seed) but I've read anywhere from a year to 7 years.
If you've been worried about your heart health, try adding a small amount of flaxseed to your diet and see what a difference it can make to your health.
The basic ways I use it are in my morning smoothie or sprinkled on hot or cold cereal.
I purchase Bob's Red Mill Flax Seed Seeds and grind in my Nutribullet.