What is Flax?

Flax seed (also known as linseed) is an ancient crop that traces back to 3,000 B.C. and the Babylonians. Around 650 B.C. Hippocrates wrote about the soothing nature of eating flax to relieve abdominal pains, inspiring civic and religious leaders to relay messages about the qualities of flax and promote the addition of the harvested seed to their diets. Even though flax seed has been around sinc…

The Alpha and the Omega

Omega-6 fatty acids (found in vegetable oils with high proportions of linolenic acid) are best used by the body in a range of anywhere from a 4:1 to a 1:1 proportion with the omega-3 fatty acids. We need both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Yet, an excess of omega-6 fatty acids can have dire consequences. Many scientists believe that a major reason for the high incidence of heart disease, hyperte…

A Day in the Flax Fields

I often get to spend time with Greg Grahn, owner of North American Nutrition (and goldenflax.com), and experience his passion for flaxseed. His passion can sometimes be difficult to portray on the website and within its contents. Spend a few hours with him and it will become very clear how important producing quality golden flaxseed is to him and his family.My most recent experience was taking som…

Crispy Squares

Ingredients1 cup ground flax seed1 cup wheat germ2 cups rice crispy cereal1 cup coconut1/4 cup butter18 oz. marshmallows1 tsp flavoring (your choice, eg. vanilla, rum, lemon, etc)1 cup raisins (optional)Directions1. Melt butter and marshmallows.2. Add flavoring.3. Stir in dry ingredients.4. Press into buttered pan. Cut into squares.…

Super Flax Seed Muffins

Ingredients1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 1/2 cups ground flax seed3/4 cup brown sugar1 tbsp baking powder3/4 tsp nutmeg1 1/2 tsp cinnamon2 cups milk1 eggDirections1. Preheat oven to 350°F.2. Mix all ingredients, stir until well mixed.3. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray or use pan liners. Fill with batter until 3/4 full.4. Bake at 350°F for approx. 25-30 minutes.…

Pizza Bread

Ingredients1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour1/2 cup light Parmesan cheese1 tbsp granulated sugar1/2 cup ground flax seed1 tbsp baking powder2 tsp oregano leaves1/2 tsp salt1/4 tsp black pepper1 1/4 cups skim milk2 tbsp canola oil1 egg1 small tomato, diced1/4 cup green pepper, diced1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheeseDirections1. Cover sun-dried tomatoes with boiling water. Let st…