unfamiliar with flax, here’s a perfect opportunity
to experience the health and flavor benefits
it offers. Flax has a mild nutty flavor
and provides a great source of essential nutrients,
including Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein.
Try this Nutty Flax Granola recipe – it’s
a tasty combination of rolled oats, almonds,
sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and sweet spices.
done baking, you can store it in an airtight
container for 4-6 weeks.
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw wheat germ
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup milled flax seeds
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 cup apple juice
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
1/4 cup safflower oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. almond extract
Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper
and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine
rolled oats, wheat germ, almonds, sunflower
seeds, flax seeds, cinnamon, ginger, and
nutmeg; toss well.
In a small bowl, mix
the remaining ingredients and stir well.
Pour wet ingredients over
dry mixture, stirring thoroughly
to moisten dry ingredients.
to prepared cookie sheets, evenly dividing
it between the two pans, and spreading
it to form a single layer; bake at 300 degrees
for 20 minutes.
Remove cookie sheets from
the oven, stir the granola mixture, spread
it out to form a single layer again, and
bake the granola mixture an additional 20
Repeat stirring and spreading procedure,
as needed, until granola
is dry and golden brown.
cookie sheets from the oven and set the
granola aside to cool completely.
with flax as well as other delicious seeds and nuts,
Bumble Bars are certified organic energy snack bars.
Unlike many snack and candy bars, Bumble Bars contain
ingredients that actually nourish your body and are
good for your health. Handcrafted with only the finest
ingredients, these delicious bars provide an abundance
of life-enhancing Omega-3 essential fatty acids,
calcium, antioxidants, and fiber. They're ideal
for a healthy, on-the-go snack or breakfast.
a grain that has been used for thousands of years
in food and linen, is finding new popularity for its
numerous health benefits. Studies over recent years
have revealed its usefulness for a number of ailments,
including heart disease, cholesterol, constipation,
cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and possibly
Flax seeds and oil contain essential Omega-3 fatty
acids, potent antioxidants that play a vital role in
active brain tissues. Since the body does not produce
these essential fatty acids on its own, they must be
consumed as part of a healthy diet. As a whole grain,
flax contains high levels of both soluble and insoluble
fiber, which has been recognized by the National Cancer
Institute as an essential part of a balanced diet for
the prevention of many forms of cancer.
Researchers recommend adding a daily dose of flax to
your meals. Be sure to eat it milled or ground
to allow for proper absorption of nutrients.
A spoonful of ground flax can be added to a
smoothie or sprinkled on breakfast cereal,
a salad, or other any other dish.
For more info on the benefits
of flax, click
a personal trainer, Mike thought he knew just about
everything about dieting and eating healthy. As he became
more interested in competitive bodybuilding, he started
hearing more about how vegan diets help to lose fat
and maximize muscle.
When his friend gave him a copy
of PETA’s “Meet Your Meat” DVD, Mike
decided to go for it. He states, “After seeing
the cruelty that animals raised for food endure,
continue eating meat. That was the motivation
I needed, and I gave up meat, eggs, and dairy
products. Soon afterwards, I started losing
weight, and I found that it stayed off. I have
a very full schedule, and my vegan diet gave
me all the energy I needed to get through the
day and then some!”
now participates in bodybuilding competitions
and recently took 2nd place in a local
contest. He makes sure to let everyone know
about how his healthy, compassionate diet
changed his life.