By Emily McLaughlin
F is for Flaxseeds.
The first time I heard about flaxseeds was from my mother. She was eating this weird, plain granola cereal that was gross. Doesn’t that make you want some?! ;)
But really, flaxseeds are where it’s at! I was reintroduced to them this summer when I heard about their benefits and how easy they are to incorporate into different grainy meals. I must say… I am a BIG fan now.
They have an earthy, nutty flavor and can be added to your granola, oatmeal, cereal or nutrition bars. Two tablespoons of the seeds have over 100% of your daily value of omega-3 fatty acids, which promote bone health, reduce the formation of blood clots and reduce your risk for certain cancers. Flaxseeds are also high in manganese, which keep bones healthy and strong, and high in dietary fiber, which will keep you full and satisfied.
You can buy flaxseeds just about anywhere (health-food stores might be your best bet though). They come whole, crushed or in oil form. There are also millions of food products out there with flax in them–my recent favorite has been the Archer Farms granola from Target (just watch your sugars!).