Start Saturday | Flaxseed (Ground)

Wow, don’t know about you, but this week has flown by. I can’t believe it’s time for another Start Saturday already.

This week I am starting to use Ground Flaxseed from the Ceres Organics range.

The label calls this ingredient a nutrition superstar, and I can see why. It has dietary fibre, protein, and Omega-3 and is a great ‘digestive aid’.

It has a fairly mild taste, almost a little almondy, but perhaps that’s just the almond milk tainting it? not really sure how to describe it but you could easily add it all sort of your dishes without it fundamentally changing the taste. If you put it in your baking I doubt you would even know it was there. the packet suggest to sprinkle it over your cereal (which I don’t eat) and salads, which I might try. Of course, it’s great in shakes and smoothies too and this is how I will mostly be consuming mine.

The reason I am starting to use this ground flaxseed is that I need, not only the fibre and protein benefits, but also the Omega-3. Omega-3 is fantastic for hair, nails, and skin and I know that my diet doesn’t necessarily provide the best nutrients to keep these things in great condition (until now, of course).

I added 15gms but I think 10gms is sufficient in a standard protein shake – the nutritional details below are for 100 grams so you can divide it by 10 for the 10 gms details.

Per 100g
Energy/Calories 534
Protein 18.3g
Fat (total) 42.2g
Fat (sat) 3.7g
Carbs 28.9g
Sugars 1.6g
Dietary Fibre 27.3g
Sodium 30mg

Nutritional benefits include Omega-3, manganese, vitamin B, fibre, magnesium, and tryptophan.

As it’s a bit top heavy in terms of fat I won’t be having it in my protein shakes everyday, probably every other day. Looking forward to the benefits!

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