Good Morning Fit Peeps!

Meet your new best friend, flax seed.  Why do you want to be so chummy with flax?  Plain and simple, it’s a nutrition powerhouse.  It’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated fats, it helps lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.  It’s high in dietary fiber, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.

Okay, now that you know why it’s good for you, let’s translate that to real life.  Being high omega-3′s helps your complexion shine.  Being high in fiber, it keeps you full longer and it keeps you regular.  What’s regular?  No, it’s not being a Plain Jane, it’s pooping!  Yes, there I said it. Being regular means meeting with the porcelain throne at least once a day.  As I was once told, “being regular is like jogging for your colon.”  You’ll be amazed how quickly your bloated belly disappears once you incorporate flax into your diet.  Flax is the secret you want to share with everyone.  You’ll notice great things, trust us!

Keep in mind that whole flax seeds are good as a topping for breads and muffins, but we’re not able to breakdown the seed itself, so you want to go with ground flax seed or grind your own whole seeds.  It has a nice mild nutty flavor.  You can also use flax oil in place of olive oil in salads and cooking.  You’ll find it in the refridgerator section of your grocery store.

Here are some easy ways to sneak it into your diet.  You want at least 2 tablespoons per day.

Sprinkle on cereals and oatmeal.  Combine into muffin or waffle/pancake mixes (as below).  Mix into your daily protein shake

Here’s a staple in our house:  Sprouted Grain Cinnamon Waffles, make pancakes if you don’t have a waffle maker

Arrowhead Mills Organic Sprouted Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix

prepare according to package

Add to that:  2 tbls flax seed per serving & 1/4 tsp cinnamon per serving (or to taste).  You may need to add a touch more liquid to your mix

top with fresh fruit, chopped walnuts & pure maple syrup

to balance out the meal, serve with 1/2 cup of cottage cheese