Using Ground Flaxseed: Your Secret Nutritional Weapon

Amy Jo Jones
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I have picky eaters at home. I confess -- I'm a picky eater too, so it came as no surprise to me when a dietitian friend suggested I use ground flaxseed to work more fiber and omega-3s into my family's diet.

Luckily, there are endless possibilities to do just that!

Flaxseed is high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and phytochemicals called lignans. Flaxseed is commonly used as a laxative and, as such, can be used to help reduce total blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol levels.

You can purchase flaxseed in bulk in either a raw or ground form at many grocery stores and health food stores. Experts recommend the ground flaxseed as it's absorbed more easily in the body.

Here are some of my favorite ways to sprinkle flaxseed into our meals:

1. I add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed to hot or cold breakfast cereals.

2. I mix a tablespoon of ground flaxseed into yogurt.

3. I bake ground flaxseed into cookies, muffins, and any other baked goods.

Ground flaxseed has a slightly nutty flavor, but it's very subtle. What would happen if you added it to your ground turkey or beef for tacos? I promise, no one will know -- except you, and you can give yourself a pat on the back for it.

What's your favorite way to "sneak" added goodness into your meals?

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