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Improving Diets Sneakily

by MPK September 17th, 2010 | Diet
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While there are many people who enjoy eating a healthy diet, there are many people who don’t.  However, there are ways to add more nutrition to recipes without the diners knowing.  Sure, it’s sneaky, but if it’s helpful to that person’s health, is it really a crime?

One easy way to improve the nutritional value of a dish is by adding flax seed.  Flax seed provides both fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.  Fiber can improve digestive health, lower blood cholesterol, and control blood sugar levels.  Omega-3 fatty acids may improve cardiovascular health.

So, what are the best ways to serve flax seed without it being noticed?

  • Smoothies– Using your blender, create a frozen treat.  You can create these in a multitude of flavors, making it easier to please your diner.  Banana typically is the basis, as it helps provide a milkshake-like texture.  Add milk, a tablespoon or two of flax seed, and ice.  Then the additional flavoring is your choice:  a spoonful of peanut butter, strawberries, blueberries, and honey are some basic options.
  • Meatballs– Make meatballs using your typical recipe, except replace some of the breadcrumbs with a couple tablespoons of flax seed.  It won’t change the texture or flavor, so anyone enjoying these meatballs will never notice.
  • Oatmeal– When making a bowl of oatmeal, add a tablespoon of flax seed.  Regardless to whether you use packages of flavored, instant oatmeal or make it from rolled oats, the flax seed can be added easily.
  • Muffins– Add a couple tablespoons when combining the dry ingredients.  Whether you’re making blueberry, banana, or any other type, the flax seed won’t be noticed.

When you purchase flax seed, you will have options.  If you purchase ground flax seed, you can add that directly into your recipes.  If you purchase whole flax seed, you will need to grind it before using it.  You can do this using a clean coffee bean grinder.

It also is important to note that moderation is important.  Depending on the age and size of the person, there are limits to the amount of flax seed you should consume.  Too much of a good thing isn’t good.  Make sure you check dietary guidelines, so that you don’t overdo your flax seed consumption.

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