💙 FOOD OF THE WEEK – FLAX SEEDS 💙
❓Have you ever bought a bag of flaxseed or flax meal at the grocery store? It used to be hard to find ... but now you can get it just about everywhere!
💪 If you’re looking to boost the nutritional power of your meals and recipes, consider adding a tablespoon (or two) of either choice!
➡ Flax seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acid ALA, which is proven to benefit heart health and is linked to a lower risk of stroke.
Flax seeds contain lignans, which may help in preventing breast and prostate cancer, as well as other types of cancer. Its high fiber content is good for your digestion. It can help lower cholesterol and also plays an important role in improving heart health.
Not only that but flax seeds have been proven to lower blood pressure and may also lower blood sugar due to their insoluble fiber content.
Stir ground flaxseed into oatmeal, add them to meatloaf or burgers, or sprinkle it over salads.
✅ TIP: Use ground flaxseed (or flax meal), as whole flax seeds can be hard for yourbody to digest and you won’t get as much benefit from them.
🥜🍫If you need a healthy sweet treat (either for yourself or loved ones!) check this recipe out.
😋It’s sweetened with natural sugar – the dates! – and it’s loaded with fiber. You can substitute almond butter or sunflower butter for the peanut butter if you prefer.
✅This recipe uses puffed cereal – use your favorite, just make sure it’s whole grain (like amaranth, brown rice, millet, etc.) with no added sugars.
NO-BAKE CHOCO-PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
(Makes about 30 balls)
● 2½ cups (400 grams) pitted dates, chopped
● ¾ cup (15 grams) puffed cereal
● 1½ tbsp cacao powder
● ¾ cup (190 grams) smooth natural peanut butter
● 3 tbsp (20 grams) ground flaxseed
● ⅛ tsp sea salt
Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until everything is chopped, then process for about a minute to fully combine. You may need to scrape down the sides.
The mixture will be both sticky and slightly dry.
Take 1 tbsp of the mixture and roll it into a tight ball and place in a reusable storage container. Repeat until all the mixture is used.
If the mixture sticks to your hands, try keeping them wet as you roll the “dough.”
These will keep in the refrigerator for 1 week. Enjoy!