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Flaxseed oil was discussed previously in the Healthy Hair from Inside Out with Oil, Part 2 as a part of oil supplements. Flaxseed is rich in omega 3, lignans and fiber. It also helps lower your cholesterol levels. However, if you’re not big on swallowing pills, there is another way to get flaxseed into your diet and one, which I enjoy often myself. It’s the mighty smoothie :).
Smoothies are usually made from fresh fruit, frozen fruits and vegetables with the addition of other healthy ingredients, which suit your palate. Smoothies have been around since the 40s and are a great way to get a lot of dietary requirements into your body especially if you hate taking pills.
Here’s a standard recipe I use after my workouts everyday. I’ve been switching it up with other seeds and plants as I’ve become more engrossed in Beachbody workouts. I will be writing about this in detail over the next few months.
Strawberry & Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
- Ground flaxseeds such as Bob’s Red Mill Ground Flaxseeds or Spectrum Naturals Ground Flaxseed.
- Frozen or fresh strawberries
- Frozen or fresh blueberries or any kind of berries really
- Agave nectar or raw honey
- Ice cubes or cold water
- A great blender
This is the brand of flaxseeds I use but any brand is fine (View Various Brands of Flaxseeds). 1 – 2 cups is enough to yield a medium sized jar of ground flaxseeds. You can purchase flaxseeds already ground but I prefer doing the grinding myself.
Add a handful of each type of berry to your blender.
Add in 2 spoons of ground flaxseed. This is how my flaxseed looks after I’ve run it in the grinder that comes with my blender a few times.
Add in 2 spoons of agave nectar or honey then a few ice cubes or a little bit of cold water
Blend for up to 5 minutes or until you are satisfied with the consistency. Enjoy!
You can also add ground flaxseed into your cereal, sprinkle over frozen yoghurts or soup, and include it in in pretty much any kind of baking.