In my house, we go through a lot of flaxseed. For years, I’ve been adding flaxseed oil to my smoothies to get the benefits of the healthy fats and omega-3’s, but only recently have I realized how much more I like it in its whole-food form. While flaxseed oil has a pretty nasty taste that I’m always trying to cover up, ground flaxseed has a nice, nutty flavor that there’s no need to hide. But mainly, I add ground flaxseed to my smoothies to boost the protein a little—the only other source of protein in my smoothies is hemp protein, and per tablespoon, the hemp isn’t too high on the old protein-ometer.
The problem with ground flaxseed, which you know if you’ve ever left it in your fridge for long, is that it goes rancid quickly. To avoid this, we grind only small quantities at a time (and it’s a pain). So when flaxmatters.com sent me these two free, huge bags of Pizzey’s ground flaxseed to try, my first thought (other than being thankful to Kathleen from flaxmatters.com) was that there’s no way I could eat this much flaxseed before it spoiled. But get this: thanks to the quality of Pizzey’s flaxseeds, theirs has a shelf life of TWO YEARS after opening, and it doesn’t even need to be refrigerated! Call me impressed.
Pizzey’s flaxseed has the same rich, nutty flavor that is characteristic of good flaxseed, and so far, it’s exhibiting no rancid smell after a few weeks in my pantry. Another cool thing is that Pizzey’s makes a ground flaxseed product with blueberries in it, and that’s mostly what I’ve been using in my smoothies. (I’m also trying to get my sister, Christine, to come up with a good blueberry-flax energy bar recipe for me. Coming soon, perhaps. Do it, Chris!)
Pizzey’s also sent me a box of their Chocolate Omega Bars to try; they’re granola bars with some extra flaxseed in them and chocolate chips on top.
Let me tell you, Erin and I did a number on that box! We loved these suckers. Each bar contains 7 g fat (1.5 g saturated, 650 mg ALA Omega-3), 26 g carbohydrates (10 g sugar, 2g fiber), and 6 g protein. So nutritionally, they’re decent; my only problem with them is the ingredient list. I’m a big fan of Michael Pollan’s five-ingredient, eat-only-what-you-can-pronounce rules, and these Chocolate Omega Bars violate both of those rules by a good margin. So while I love the taste, the ingredient list will prevent me from buying these Omega Bars for myself.
You can find out lots more information about the benefits of flaxseed products, some flax recipes, and other fun stuff at flaxmatters.com. And at Pizzey’s, you can request a free sample. I have no idea what they’ll send you, but it’s worth a try!
Juice of the day
Erin and I are loving the new juicer! I “invented” this juice yesterday: green apple + cucumber + lime + celery. It was so good we had it again today! Lots more juices coming as we invent them.
Vegan Supplements: Which Ones Do You Need?
Written by Matt Frazier
I’m here with a message that, without a doubt, isn’t going to make me the most popular guy at the vegan potluck.
But it’s one I believe is absolutely critical to the long term health of our movement, and that’s why I’m committed to sharing it. Here goes…
Vegans need more than just B12.
Sure, Vitamin B12 might be the only supplement required by vegans in order to survive. But if you’re anything like me, you’re interested in much more than survival — you want to thrive.
So what else do vegans need?