Flax Friday

Hey guys! Happy Friday! I LOVED reading all the comments you guys left me after yesterday’s post! Seems like we all have the same thought when it comes to modern medicine versus alternative medicine. Oh and for the record, there were no unwanted reactions to last night’s dinner…just a full belly! I guess chopping up the strawberries really DOES make a difference! πŸ˜‰

Anywho, onto some excitement that doesn’t elevate your blood pressure! I’ve got something fun in store for you guys today!

After my WIAW post, I got a few comments about the flaxmilk I used in my oats. Well, as foreign as it may sound, look at what you can now find at your local Walmart!

Flaxmilk!

With some pretty impressive nutritionals!

It’s also available in vanilla. I bought the Flax USA Flaxmilk in the original flavor since it was lower in sugar (vanilla has 11g) and because I’m a bit sensitive to sweeteners. Straight up, I actually thought it was still too sweet for my taste, but I love the sweetness it lends to my oats and the price is comparable to other options like soy and almond milk.

Speaking of flax, a couple of months ago, after seeing them featured on Jenn’s blog, Flax USA sent me some of their Flax Sprinkles to try and review here on the blog.

When I first learned about flax seed, I was in college working at a supplement store. The majority of customers who purchased flax were older, and either menopausal or with a history of cardiovascular disease. It wasn’t long before I dubbed flax as the “old people supplement.” Although flax is a helpful addition to the diet of any age group, I didn’t discover this until many years later.

The next time I encountered flax seed was after my discovery of healthy living blogs last summer.

“You me to tell me that I can use that “old people supplement” as a replacement for eggs in baking?! Cool!”

“And it doesn’t taste funky” (Why is it that we always think anything good for you will taste bad?)

I first started using it in my baking and was surprised at how well a “flax egg”Β workedΒ (1 tablespoon of ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons water and allowed to set makes a “gluey” substance similar to the consistency of an egg) so I later moved on to experimenting with it in my oats and smoothies and immediately, I became a fan! Hello superfood!

The following is taken from the Flax USA website:

“…flax seed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Studies have found soluble fiber can help to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar levels.

Two thirds of the fiber in flax seed is insoluble – this aids in digestion by increasing bulk and reducing the time that waste remains in the body [and] is helpful in maintaining regularity and protecting against colon cancer”

I have to say that there aren’t Β many things out there that are THIS good for you that you don’t have to force yourself to take! Flax sprinkles provide 4g of dietary fiber in only one serving!

Along with being an excellent source of fiber, flax also contains a great amount of alpha linolenic acid – an essential fatty acid that is all around good for the body (think heart disease and stroke fighting, immune boosting powerhouse!)

So what did I think of the flax sprinkles? I love them! They don’t have to be refrigerated like most ground flax seed so I can keep them out on the counter and grab them whenever I want to add a little “flax fusion” to my eats!

In fruit and yogurt parfaits…

In a nice big bowl of oats…

Or blended into my favorite smoothie!

And well, you didn’t think I was gonna keep all three of those containers for myself did you? I’m happy to announce that Flax USA has willingly provided me with two extra Flax Sprinkles for two lucky Kiss My Broccoli readers!*

*I was sent Flax Sprinkles for free by Flax USA and was not compensated for this review. All of the information provided in this post is of my own personal opinion.

It’s Giveaway Time!
How to enter:
(Giveaway is for US residents only)

1. Tell me your favorite way to use ground flax in your meals or if you’re new to flax, tell Β  Β  Β  Β me how you would use it first if you win! (Mandatory)

And for extra entries:

2. “Like” Kiss My Broccoli on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did so.

3. “Like” Flax USA on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did so.

4. Follow Kiss My Broccoli on Twitter and leave a comment telling me you did so.

The winner will be chosen at random using Random.org and the giveaway will run through next Thursday (June 23, 2011). I will announce the winner next Friday.

Good Luck!

And may the FLAX be with you!

πŸ˜‰

 

 


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86 Responses to Flax Friday

  1. darling flax goes on everything in this house! even the ferrets!

    well… in the ferrets. not on them. they like the oil on a plate b/c they’re gangsterrrrr

  2. I also like flax usa on fbook

  3. annnd following on twittahhhh

  4. Kristina says:

    I already follow you on Twitter.

  5. Kristina says:

    I use flax in smoothies the most, but I also add it to my oatmeal every once in a while.

  6. I love flax in my yogurt bowls or oatmeal! Never tried the flakes though!

  7. I need this! I really want to try it. I’ve been meaning to look for it here. I already like you on Facebook…of course!

  8. Heidi says:

    Awesome πŸ˜€ I love using baking as flax eggs, and I just like it in smoothies if it’s really well ground up.

  9. I already follow you on twitter too!

  10. Heidi says:

    I like you on FB! :)

  11. Chelsea says:

    I’m semi new to flax seeds myself! I recently bought a bag to have never opened it, but today I did and oh goodness. I got some Fage 0% fat greek yogurt, honey, and flex seeds mixed together. Grabbed strawberries to dip into my delicious mix and went to heaven <3 Flax even though it reminds me of word flatulence is delicious in my book.

  12. Chelsea says:

    oh & I liked you on facebook :) I’m chelsea schuur!

  13. Woah, no refrigeration flax? Thats pretty sweeeet! I love using flax when I bake as an egg substitute. Or I’ll just sprinkle it on smoothies, yogurt, oats, basically anything :) I just love the taste of it.

  14. Emily says:

    My favorite way to use flax seed is to make flax ‘eggs’ for baking. I also add it to homemade nut butter for a little added nutrition!
    I can’t wait to find some Flax Milk on the shelves!

  15. Karina says:

    i love to sprinkle them on my salads!

  16. rebecca says:

    I liked kiss my broccoli on facebook!

  17. rebecca says:

    I love them in baked goods and smoothies!

  18. rebecca says:

    I liked flax usa on facebook!

  19. rebecca says:

    I’m already following you on twitter!

  20. Totally discriminating against us Canadians! πŸ˜›

    I can’t enter your giveaway, but I can tell ya that I love flax and that your bowl of oats gave me a sudden craving for cinnamon buns…

  21. that milk looks awesome! …are you really going to make me battle the walmart crowd to get it, though? :\

    i love flax as an egg replacement. or so i can make super charge me cookies – yum :]

  22. i already follow you on twitter!

  23. lindsay says:

    cool! i want to try the flax milk! i bet its tasty! i liked them on FB.
    πŸ˜‰

  24. I love flax in smoothies and when I’m out of eggs but need to bake!!

  25. Already like them on FB too!

  26. Aaaaaaaannnnd I already follow you on Twitter too… I’m on top of this shiz! πŸ˜‰ Happy Friday, friend! xo

  27. I already won a giveaway for the sprinkles on Jenn’s blog a few months ago, so I’m not going to enter, but I love them! They are the perfect addition on top of oatmeal :) I always thought flax would taste funky too. The first time I heard of it was from my parents, who take a flaxseed oil vitamin, so I didn’t even know what it looked like in food-form!

  28. Tulika says:

    I LOVE flax!!! It’s so versatile, and I usually just sprinkle it in my smoothies, oatmeal, or cereal.

  29. Tulika says:

    I liked your facebook page!

  30. Tulika says:

    I liked Flax USA!

  31. Tulika says:

    Following you on twitter :)

  32. Allison says:

    I’ve never tried flax before, but I’d like to try it on top of my oatmeal or in a parfait!

  33. Allison says:

    I am already following you on twitter :)
    -Allison

  34. Gina says:

    I love it in smoothies and overnight oats!

  35. elise says:

    that last line was too nerdy for words, but thats why i love you…sooo, im really intrigued by this. lately it seem like everything can be made into milk!?! (reminds me of that line in meet the parents, haha)
    for me official entry, id like to say that its been used like CRAAAZY lately due to the new business taste testing going on up in hurrr. i cant really say any more than that, but if youre keeping tabs on the waffle mix, then you know what im talking about πŸ˜‰

  36. elise says:

    oh and ps, i totes already follow you on twitter. love ya!

  37. Shelly says:

    I love putting flax on my oatmeal!

  38. Shelly says:

    Oh..and I like you on facebook :)

  39. Jordan says:

    I love using flax as an egg replacement if I’m feeling particularly vegan at the moment. πŸ˜‰

  40. Jordan says:

    Liked you on Facebook!

  41. Jordan says:

    Liked Flax USA on Facebook!

  42. Jordan says:

    Aaand following you on twitter!

  43. sarah says:

    just used flaxseed yesterday in banana bread! always sneaking it into baked goods, as well as the usual culprit: oatmeal!

  44. Joanna says:

    I’ve always used flax in my smoothies & yogurt, but I give full credit to my discovery of the flax egg to healthy living blogs too!

  45. Joanna says:

    I already follow Kiss My Broccoli on Twitter.

  46. Joanna says:

    And I already like you on Facebook too!

  47. I’ve never heard of flax milk!! I’m a little surprised that it doesn’t have any protein or fiber per serving though?!? Whatsupwiththat!!

    I use flax A LOT in baking because I’m a ‘dough eater’! Using the flax egg instead of a real egg makes me feel better about eating the raw dough :)

    I also like it in oats, smoothies, pancakes and sprinkled on fruit!

    P.S. My Google Reader is finally under 100 (Thought you would appreciate that since both of ours was over 300 a few weeks ago!!) Wooo Hoo!!

  48. I ‘Liked’ you on Facebook! I didn’t even know you had a FB page!

    Here is mine… If you are interested :)
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/RedHead-Recipes/148643175163496

  49. Jeri says:

    I always put flax in my smoothies and greek yogurt bowls! it is also great for baking when you just want the extra fibahhh (:

  50. Jeri says:

    I liked you on facebook!

  51. Jeri says:

    I liked flax usa on facebook!

  52. dana says:

    I like flax in my oats and basically sprinkled on anything.

  53. I love ground flax in yogurt bowls :)

  54. I follow you on Twitter!

  55. Flax is by far the best– I put it on almost everything. Salads included. I compare it to nutritional yeast :)

  56. I already “like you on Fb”

  57. I follow you on twitter already :)

  58. I “like” Flax UsA on facebook!

  59. Robyn :) says:

    I would probably use it on cereal or oatmeal or in a smoothie :)

    Where in the store (like at Whole Foods or in the health food section or a health food market) would you find these?

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Well, I know at Kroger, you can find them in the natural food section along with the flours and other baking items. To tell you the truth, I’ve never purchased mine from WF, but I would imagine they’d be near the baking stuff as well.

  60. Robyn :) says:

    I LIKED you on Facebook :)

  61. Robyn :) says:

    I Liked Flax USA on Facebook :)

  62. Emily says:

    I use flax ALL the time, typically in my oatmeal – it definitely bumps up the volume and creaminess factor. I also use it in baking as an egg replacer… but only when we’re out of real eggs πŸ˜›

    oh and a quick FYI, all ground flax should be refrigerated regardless of the packaging – the omega-3s and omega-6s deteriorate at room temp as soon as the seeds are ground!

  63. Jenny Powell says:

    I love flax in baked goods especially banana bread and pancakes!

  64. Jenny says:

    I liked you on FB

  65. miri leigh says:

    I love flax in all kinds of baked goods!

  66. I hate walmart.
    but I want to try this milk (read: REALLY BAD)
    which one wins…stay tuned to see whether mom will drive me to the good ol’ superstore since I’m 20 and still don’t drive.
    I know, I’m on the edge of my seat too πŸ˜‰

  67. I do a lot of flax-egging when I make cookies & such, particularly at school because I don’t want to bother buying real eggs :))

    Though lately I’ve taken to putting some in yogurt! It’s delish. I didn’t know flaxmilk existed! It sounds delish though.

    <3
    n

  68. Like you on fb :) PS where is your email addy??

  69. I follow you on twitter πŸ˜‰

  70. Lauren says:

    My favorite way to use flax is on yogurt!

  71. Nicole G says:

    I’d love to have flax to use for flax eggs in baking. So many bloggers use it and I’m not a competent enough baker to make any modifications to recipes without destroying the final product so I definitely miss out on some amazing treats!

  72. Lauren says:

    I put flax on just about everything, but especially yogurt and smoothies! :)

  73. Lauren says:

    Liked you on facebook. :)

  74. Sparkle says:

    I always put ground flax in my oatmeal. I have also put it in smoothies.

  75. I would use flax in banana bread! :)

  76. Mb says:

    Sprinkled on yogurt and fruit!

  77. Beth says:

    I usually add flax to my yogurt and to my oatmeal. Sometimes I even add it to smoothies! Yum!

  78. sabrina says:

    i always add flax to my granola/yogurt combo!

  79. I love love love flax in my smoothies. Makes em thicken nicely!

  80. Debbie says:

    I am a new subscriber and just wanted to say hello. Hello πŸ˜‰

    I am a HUGE Overnight Oats eater and LOVE to experiment with my toppings. Also Vegetarian/Almost Vegan (that dang yummy greek yogurt gets me everytime!) I love to experiment with new ways to get all my nutritional needs. This would be great! I have never tried the flakes, have only grinded my own seeds. I would love the opportunity to try these.

    Excited for more e-mails and posts.

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