Flaxseeds are the most rich plant food source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. As I have said before, although these fatty acids are essential to our health, our bodies do not produce them on their own. This makes it crucial for us to add them in our diet. While you do not need a lot of omega-3 fat to accomplish its tasks, it is very important. Only 1 percent of your total calories need to come from omega-3 fats. Unless you are always filling your plate with leafy greens and getting 12 ounces of fish, you are likely to fall short of that one percent. You can easily make up for the shortfall with just a tablespoon or two of freshly ground flaxseeds.
How you eat flaxseed is just as important as the fact that you are eating them. Freshly ground flaxseeds are THE BEST way, hands down, to obtain the nutrients they provide. Whole, unground flaxseeds are of little value. Because they are so hard, they pass through your digestive tract without breaking down. However, that is how I want you to buy them. Buy them whole and grind them yourself. Once they are ground they slowly oxidize and also lose their potency. You don’t know how long the flax meal has been sitting at your local market. I recommend grinding just before you are going to use and only doing a tablespoon at a time. It is so easy to do!
To grind flaxseeds, all you need is a coffee grinder. I have one that I designate just for grinding flaxseed. I try to only do a tablespoon or as much needed for the moment. If you happen to grind more, store it in a glass air-tight container and use shortly after.
These freshly ground seeds go well on yogurt, in cereal, baking bread, granola, over a salad, and in protein drinks, . You can sneak it in just about anywhere. ENJOY!