Healthy Eating in January

Flax Seeds & Hemp Seeds added to your salads.

Some of you have seen my posts with my healthy salads. I have been adding sprinkles of flax & hemp seeds on top.

Flaxseeds have been consumed for at least 6,000 years, making them one of the world’s first cultivated superfoods. What does flaxseed do for you that makes it one of the most popular “superfoods”? Flaxseeds contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids (although not the same type that fish, such as salmon, do) along with antioxidant substances called lignans that help promote hormonal balance in addition to several other benefits of flaxseed.

Benefits of flaxseed include helping improve digestion, skin, cardiovascular health, cholesterol and hormone balance while fighting cancer and even sugar cravings — and that’s just the beginning!

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Tuna salad with broccoli brussel slaw, flax, hemp,pepita seeds, avocado, squeeze of lemon & drizzle of avocado oil.

Two tablespoons of hemp seed serve up 90 calories and six grams of fat. Watching what you eat? I say, “Keep sprinkling!” That two-tablespoon serving size offers two grams of fiber, five grams of protein, 300 mg of potassium, 15 percent of your vitamin-A requirement and 25 percent of your daily iron needs. It’s hard to find another food that nutrient-dense.

  • Hemp has a unique fatty-acid profile that includes common omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, plus less common stearidonic (SDA) and gamma linoleic (GLA) acids. These fatty acids fight inflammation and protect your heartand immune system.
  • Hemp milk, rich in the above fatty acids, is a great source of protein and calcium — and tastes pretty good, too. Commercial varieties contain fillers and sweeteners, so you may wish to make your own by tossing hemp seeds and water in a blender and straining the mixture through cheesecloth.
  • Hemp makes a great vegan protein powder, high in fiber and lacking in fillers (it’s simply milled hemp seeds). While the powder is not a complete protein, it’s pretty close to perfect in my book.

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Blood Orange Salad with arugula, broccoli brussel slaw, red onion, avocado, flax, hemp, pepita seeds, squeeze of lemon and drizzle of avocado oil.