Flaxseeds have been cultivated for years and have been a part of diets for centuries, stretching back to the times of ancient Greece.  Recent research has helped to further the popularity of the seed as we start to find out so many great benefits.  As well as being a great addition to your diet in helping your body to maintain many of its key functions, flaxseeds also help your body to fight of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some forms of Cancer. Flaxseed comes from the flax plant and it is popular as a source of fibre for the body to help improve your digestive system, but in more recent times it is becoming one of the most popular seeds to have in your diet. 

How can I eat Flaxseeds?

One question we are often asked is “What is the best way to eat flaxseed?”  Flaxseed can come in a range of formats including whole seeds, milled seeds or as oil.  At Linwoods our flaxseeds go through a cold milling process which means that we mill the whole seeds so that they are easier for your body to absorb. The milling process is cold so as to protect the omega 3 essential fatty acids that our body needs.   There are many ways to incorporate the seeds into your daily diet and you will see many great food ideas on our recipe page

To get you started though, here are five of our favourite ways to eat flaxseed.

1. Sprinkle over breakfast:
Start your day with a boost by adding some flaxseed to your cereal, porridge or granola first thing in the morning.  Adding flaxseed to a breakfast meal will help release energy to your body much slower during the course of the day, making you feel fuller for longer and give your body essential vitamins and minerals for the day ahead. 

2. Mix into a lunchtime treat:
Mix or blend some flaxseed into your smoothie for added goodness along with your fruit and/or veg mix.  A smoothie is a great way to get your five portions of fruit and veg each day and can be refrigerated to take later in the day. We have a range of tasty lunchtime treats for you to experiment with on our recipes page.

3. Soups and stews:
Another great way to eat flaxseed is by mixing it into a soup or a stew.  Soups and stews are great for winter months and can keep for a number of days to be taken as lunch, dinner or even a filling snack during the day.  Flaxseed is high in fibre, protein and iron and is a great addition to any hearty winter soup or stew.  Why not experiment in the kitchen with our flaxseed inspired, spicy butternut squash soup or one of our Linwoods Fab Over 40 inspired dishes; chorizo and bean soup.

4. Add when baking:
Shows like Cake Boss and The Great British Bake Off have made us fall in love with baking again and kitchens up and down the country are turning on their ovens and putting in cake tins.  Flaxseed is a perfect addition to baked dishes adding nutritional benefits and texture that you will enjoy.  Mix with your cake mix, homemade breads or even breakfast muffins to create a healthier snack for you to tuck into.

5. Something for the kids:
Finally, why not use flaxseeds when cooking with and for your kids.  Mix flaxseeds with flour and egg and coat chicken or cod strips to make tasty goujons for dinnertime.  You can also add to a sponge mixture for tasty yet healthy desert.  Top with your own homemade flaxseed inspired ice-cream – something your children will enjoy making and eating.  The protein power of flaxseed and the support it gives to growing and maintaining healthy bones and muscle is great for your child’s development.

Have you started to use more flaxseed when cooking at home? 

Why not share your recipes with us or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and let us know how flaxseeds are helping you live and eat much healthier.  Join in the conversation using #lovemylinwoods and #linwoodsflax.