Nutritional powerhouse flaxseed is considered a superfood, as it is packed with antioxidants, fiber and proteins. It is also a source of lignans, which are estrogen-like chemicals that also act as antioxidants.
A little history: Flaxseed was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC by King Charlemagne, who had such confidence in the health benefits of flaxseed that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it. Now, so many centuries later, some experts believe there is indeed research to back up what Charlemagne believed.
Many people do not know how to implement flaxseed in their diets because of the dry texture. You can use flaxseed as a dietary supplement in recipes and with your favorite food items. It can be mixed with yogurt and fruit, sprinkled in salads, in cottage or ricotta cheese, in smoothies and shakes or into pancake or muffin batter and other preparations for baked goods. Look for recipes that use flax, like flax crackers or flax as part of a pilaf.
Carrington Farms, based in Oradell, supplies flaxseed in a variety of packaging types and sizes, including convenient Flax Paks. They also carry a Flax Hemp blend, which is an abundant source of Omega 3s, protein, fiber and amino acids. Naturally gluten free, with no cholesterol, no sodium, no sugars and low in carbohydrates, the blend provides both energy and good nutrition.
To learn more about Carrington Farms’ nutritious and delicious products and how you can obtain them, visit carringtonfarms.com.
Marina Kennedy is a lifelong resident of New Jersey and delights in cooking and dining out. With a Russian and Italian background, she grew up with parents and grandparents who loved to cook and shared unique family recipes with her. She focuses her articles on delicious, healthy meals and is proud that her four adult children also enjoy cooking. Marina and her husband, Chuck, have had the pleasure of meeting chefs and restaurateurs throughout the metropolitan area and enjoy a wide variety of gourmet cuisine. She looks forward to sharing her culinary experiences with readers of Jersey Bites and looks forward to receiving recommendations and comments from her readers in Somerset County and beyond.