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By the glamorous, oh the flax-y, flax-y

August 1, 2011

Flax reminds me of Fergie’s “Glamorous,” okay?

This is a bowl of Kashi GoLean, Peanut Butter Puffins, sliced strawberries, raisins, soymilk, and… flax seed.

If you’ve never tried adding ground flax seed to your cereal or baked goods, you should definitely think about trying it. Flax seed is really good for you! Why? It has Omega 3 fatty acids, which are “good” fats. Flax also contains lignans, which have antioxidant qualities, which means they prevent damage from occurring when your body uses oxygen, and phytoestrogen qualities, which means they help raise levels of good estrogen in your body. Last but not least, flax contains fiber, which you already know helps you out. I’ve always heard it’s best to buy ground flax seed over whole flax seed so that you can better absorb all those nutrients. Plus, ground looks more edible to me – but maybe that’s just me.

This morning, I had two small bowls of cereal and added a teaspoon of ground flax seed to each bowl. For one big bowl, I’d add nearly a tablespoon. Flax has a slightly nutty taste, but it’s not strong enough to interfere with the pre-existing deliciousness of your food. 🙂

I should also note that vegans often use 1 tablespoon of ground flax combined with 3 tablespoons of water to make a flax “egg,” which becomes thick and viscous when mixed. It acts similarly to an egg by improving the structure of baked goods. Interesting, right?

P.S. If you’ve never mixed different cereals, you’re seriously missing out! SERIOUSLY. After sampling the original Puffins and being underwhelmed, I was hesitant to purchase a box of Peanut Butter Puffins even though it was on sale. I’m glad I did, though, because they’re like Peanut Butter Capt’n Crunch, and how can you not like that?

P.P.S. I’m (mostly) moved into my new apartment! After last year’s fiasco, this pad is like a dream come true (minus the people playing basketball outside my window at 1 am last night). Can’t believe I can shower for longer than 5 minutes before the water runs cold — straight- up luxury! Pictures to come.

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  1. August 1, 2011 9:15 pm

    i LOVEEEEE peanut butter puffins. i basically lived off of them in high school. haha. i ate them for breakfast and the moment i got home from school i ate another bowl. i never eat plain puffins – it’s either peanut butter or the cinnamon ones, which are pretty good as well (though totally different texture)

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