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our eccentric friend, flaxseed

May 18, 2010
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The last time I was at my favorite bulk foods store (which, sadly, resides in the middle of an Amish settlement in Ohio, far, far away), I picked up a bag of flaxseed to use in granola bars.

As you use this stuff in tablespoons, not cups, I have quite a bit of it, so I’ve started throwing it in other items, namely my morning oatmeal. I discovered my vintage Thermos to be a fantastic use for this — put the oatmeal, flax, dried fruit and raw sugar in the night before, cover it with soymilk and in the morning, PRESTO! Yummy oatmeal that isn’t all congealed and lukewarm and gloopy.

(No one likes gloopy. We have no use for gloopy around here. Begone, gloopy!)

Anyway, I was recently doing some reading on the benefits of flaxseed and was rather astonished to find out this random fact: flaxseed was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC and by the 8th century, King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of the stuff that he passed laws requiring his subjects to eat it.

Weird!

So bring on the flaxseed and enjoy the benefits of the Omega-3 fatty acids, which keep your ticker healthy, as well as lignans (antioxidants) and lotsa our good friend, fiber. Yum, yum, yum,

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Grandma permalink
    May 19, 2010 9:43 am

    Caroline…Me too! Being from the Great Lakes region seems to adapt us to loving the British Isles. Rainy days are NOT a bad word. Green everything in nature is a lovely color. Four seasons keeps our anticipation and blood flowing strong. If I were younger I would go to the Cotswolds and Lakes Region again and again! Love…Grandma

  2. Grandma permalink
    May 19, 2010 9:51 am

    Caroline….The above matches to the BBC article that you wrote.

  3. Caroline permalink*
    May 19, 2010 11:54 am

    @ Grandma!

    Thanks for the directional comments. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done something similar. And also, I think you’re still plenty young to go hop around the Lakes District. If I end up back over there again, I expect a visit! 🙂

    Love you! 🙂

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