Flax Seed Recipes

Using Flax Seed Meal

Flax seeds contain Omega-3 Fatty acids, and are an important supplement for wellness and healthy agingThe taste of freshly ground flax meal is nutty and delicious, and it’s loaded with healthy oils. Buy whole organic flax seeds in bulk from a health food store (they’re inexpensive) and grind in small batches in a coffee grinder. Some blenders work, but I have an inexpensive Cuisinart coffee grinder that grinds the seeds perfectly. Grind 1/2 to 1 cup at a time and keep the ground meal in the refrigerator or freezer, since it gets rancid easily.

Sprinkle flax meal on salads, cooked vegetables, soups, or stews. It adds a nice flavor to most main dishes, so experiment. You can also bake flax meal in muffins. I eat flax meal with low fat yogurt or with tofu yogurt (both recipes I include below). Commercial tofu yogurts are often high in fat and are not nearly as delicious as the homemade variety.

Yogurt and Flax Meal

Mix together:

  • 2/3 cup low fat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon real maple syrup
  • a few drops of vanilla or lemon extract

When this is well mixed, add 2 tablespoons of flax meal and mix.

Tofu Yogurt and Flax Meal

If you’d like to use more soy in your diet or can’t digest dairy products, try this recipe.

  • 1 package or 15-16 ounces tofu (I use Nasoya enriched firm)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1/4-1/2 lemon extract or vanilla extract

Whip this in a Cuisinart food processor until it’s smooth and creamy, similar to yogurt. Mix 1/2 -2/3 cup of the tofu yogurt with 2 tablespoons ground flax meal. Tofu yogurt will keep 2 or 3 days in the refrigerator.