How to Eat Flax Seeds: Roasted, Ground & Powdered | Recipes & More

While it’s no secret that flax seeds are nutritional powerhouses, the question often arises as to how to eat flax seeds in our diet. In this article, we explore some new tips and ideas as well as recipes on how you can add flax powder or even whole flax seed into your daily meals (and it’s actually much easier than you think).

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How to Eat Flax Seeds?

Flax seeds come in little shells which are difficult for the human body to break down. So, experts advise grinding the flax seed into a flax powder and then adding it to recipes. Or, If you need to eat whole flax seed, it is best to first roast them through.

And if for any reason, you must eat them raw right out of the bag (there is no danger of eating raw flax seed, it just isn’t as beneficial), then make sure you chew the whole flax seeds well in the mouth. This enables the flax seed wall to break down and releases the all-essential nutrients of the flax seed.

How to Add Flax Seeds to Your Diet?

If you’re wondering how much of flax seed you should be eating, then here’s some good news. An adult human doesn’t need to have more than 1 tablespoon per day of flax seeds. And the best thing is – flax seeds are more or less tasteless!

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This means, we can go ahead and add a teaspoon of ground flax seed powder or roasted whole flax seeds into absolutely anything at all.

Having a breakfast smoothie? Top it off with a spoon of flax seeds.

Made yourself a yummy sandwich? Just add a spoon of flax seeds or powder to the sandwich spread.

And you can really do this with anything – a bowl of fruit, your daily vegetable servings, your dal… the possibilities are endless.

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The best part is, you can even add a spoon of raw flax seeds to your baked or cooked goods – muffins, cakes, breads, rotis and other flat-breads.

(Did you know that 1 tbsp of whole flax seed + 3 tbsp of water if allowed to sit for 10-15 minutes can perform the role of an egg substitute? Pretty cool right? Use it in your cakes next time – you won’t be able to tell the difference!)

If you’re still wondering how to eat flax seeds, we’ve got you covered – check out the flax seed recipes below!

Some Flax Seed Recipes

Now if you’re still wondering how to eat flax seeds, have a crack at any of the following flax seed recipes:

1. Flax-Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients (serves two)

2 tbsp powdered flax seeds
1 cup milk of choice (dairy/dairy-free) – can also substitute with creamy yoghurt (dairy/non-dairy)
1 cup chopped fruit of choice (try mango or strawberry!) (optional – freeze these overnight in a bag)
1/2 cup chopped bananas (optional – freeze these overnight in a bag)
2 teaspoons of sweetener of choice (chopped jaggery, honey, date syrup, agave) – modify according to taste

Take all the ingredients and spritz in your blender! The mixture should be smooth, frothy and utterly delicious.

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2. Breakfast overnight oats

Ingredients (serves two)

1 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp powdered flax seeds
1/2 cup milk of choice (dairy/non-dairy) – adjust amount to fully submerge the oats (and then some)
1 tbsp nut butter of choice
1tbsp sweetener of choice (I use date syrup) – or adjust to taste

Mix all the ingredients in your container of choice (mason jars just look pretty). Store your container of overnight oats with flax seed in the fridge overnight.

If in the morning, the oats are too thick (because both the oats and the flax seeds have the propensity to thicken with time), feel free to add a splash of your milk of choice to loosen the mix a bit.

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3. Roasted flax snack

Ingredients (multiple servings)

1 cup flax seeds
2 tsp salt
1 tsp Garlic powder
2 tsp Onion powder
1 tsp Chilly flakes
Lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon)

Take all the dry ingredients in a pan and roast over a small flame. Keep moving the flax seeds as to not burn them, but feel free to add more seasoning if it’s too bland for your taste.

After the flax seeds are nicely coated in the seasonings, squeeze the lemon all over the flax seeds and roast some more. Store in an airtight container, and this flax seeds snack can last for up to two weeks (you can also stick it in the fridge for additional keep if required).

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Going Beyond Flax Seeds Recipes

Aside from the above three flax seed recipes, how you can eat flax seeds is just a matter of being creative. You can even grind them into a powder and sprinkle a spoonful in your daily serving of fruit or your salad. Flax seeds are pretty much tasteless for the most part but as mentioned before, they are a thickening/binding agent so it’s best to add the powder right before eating.

I hope the above recipes helped you incorporate flax seeds into your diet. Let me know in the comments how you eat flax seeds everyday!

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