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! 😉

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” worked (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  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        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!

😉

 

 


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