Five Ways to Eat: Flax Seeds

updated May 2, 2019
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Flax seeds are a magical health food that we hear a lot about but don’t always know what to do with. Do you eat flax seeds? They’re extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids, and they also have a deliciously nutty and toasty flavor. Here are five ways to get them in your diet.

There are two sorts of flax seed: golden yellow (as pictured above), and a russet brown. Both have the same nutritional profile, and they are both from the flax plant, which is also used to produce linen. Flax seeds can be ground to produce flaxseed (or linseed) oil.

Flax seeds go rancid extremely quickly; they can go bad in as little as a week, so be sure to store them in the refrigerator. They also need to be lightly ground to remove their hard hulls before eating. Grind them in batches of 2-3 tablespoons in a coffee or spice grinder before adding them to any of the foods below.

  1. In cereal – One of the best ways to eat flax seeds is for breakfast. Try them in one of these cereals, or in homemade granola.
  2. In homemade granola bars – Ever made your own granola bars? No? Try these, and add some flax seed for nutty flavor.
  3. On yogurt – Flax seeds give nutty texture and flavor to a lunchtime bowl of yogurt, with fruit.
  4. On oatmeal – This is so delicious; sprinkle flax seeds in your homemade oatmeal for a little extra texture and flavor.
  5. As an egg substitute – Flax seeds mixed with water can also be used as a vegan egg substitute in baking. Here’s how!

Do you have favorite ways to eat flax seeds? Tell us!

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