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Flaxseeds are a superfood with health benefits ranging from lowering cholesterol to cancer prevention. But did you know flaxseeds need to be ground in order to give the maximum health benefits? Or that once it’s ground, the flaxseed meal must be stored in the refrigerator? Let’s explore the many ways to savor the health attributes of this powerful seed.
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1. Swirl into Smoothies
Flaxseeds are jam-packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Put a couple tablespoons of flaxseeds in your blender and pulse for 10 seconds to mill the seeds, or simply buy them ground. Either way, in your refrigerator. Now you’re ready to boost your healthy fat intake by blending a tablespoon or two into some of our most delicious smoothie recipes.
2. Add to Granola
Most Americans fall well below the recommended 25-35 grams of dietary fiber daily. Since 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds have 4 grams of dietary fiber, they can help you reach that goal. Boosting fiber can be as simple as mixing in 2 to 4 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds into your favorite granola. Skip the store-bought stuff and whip up one of these cozy granola recipes.