A special post for anyone looking to add more ground flaxseed to their diet! Ground flax is an awesome source of phytoestrogens; molecules that help the body better regulate (and protect against the harmful effects of) their own hormones. Taking 2 tablespoons (~10 grams) of ground flax a day has been thought to help pre-menopausal women lessen their menopausal symptoms and to protect post-menopausal women from endogenous estrogens (meaning it may be protective against hormonal-induced cancers, such as breast and prostate cancer). Even if you aren't a woman, you can still benefit from eating flax on a regular basis due to its omega-3 fatty acid content (healthy fats), it's fiber (helps lower cholesterol), and it's protein (keeps you fuller for longer)!
10 ways to get more flax in your diet:
2) Eat Mary's Crackers (gluten-free crackers made mainly out of flax seeds.
3) If you love chips (and must eat them no matter how bad they are for you :P), make your chips contain some flax, like these ones (can be purchased at bulk food stores):
5) Stir into oatmeal.
6) Add to smoothies.
7) Sprinkle on plated pasta, chili, or soups.
8) Eat a cereal containing flaxseed, like a hearty, seedy granola or this gluten-free cereal.
9) Add to homemade granola bars, muffins, or cookies like these delicious ones.
10) Make bread out of flaxseeds, recipe here.