Simple Homemade Flax Seed Milk Recipe
Flax seeds or linseeds as they are also known are small and flat, golden or dark brown colored seeds which are loaded with nutrition and have some exceptional health benefits.
Flax seeds need to be roasted and then coarsely ground before consuming them as their seed coat is very hard and the seeds may pass through without being digested completely. They are they easier to digest when ground.
About Flax Seed Milk
The recipe given uses dairy milk for in the preparation of flax seed milk. If you do not consume dairy milk for any reason you can always substitute it with any nut milk by the same amount.
Also, sugar can be replaced by honey or you can skip sugar altogether. I have used hot milk but you can use cold milk instead. It's entirely up to you.
The flax seed milk prepared with this recipe yields a very smooth, creamy and filling milk that will keep you full for quite a while.
- 1.5 tbsp flax seeds, roasted and ground
- 250 ml dairy milk
- 1 tsp sugar or honey as per preference
- Grind flax seeds by using the pulse button only in short pulses of few seconds each. To ensure the ground flaxseed powder remains as dry as possible scrape the sides of the jar and stir the flaxseeds after each short pulse.
- Transfer the flax seed powder to airtight bottle and store in the freezer.
- To prepare flaxseed and milk drink put flaxseed powder and sugar in a glass. Pour hot milk and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Flaxseed and milk beverage is ready.
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Why Should You Eat Flax Seeds?
Flax seeds are nutrient dense seeds. They contain high levels of healthy fats - the healthy omega-3 fats, are extremely rich in lignans and mucilage, and fiber dense. They also contain several minerals and some vitamins.
Hence, they offer some amazing health benefits some of which are:
- Reducing the risk of cancers, especially of the breast and possibly prostate, ovarian and colon, and also, shielding from the bad effects of radiation as in radiation therapy for cancer treatment.
- Improving heart health by reducing blood pressure, the bad cholesterol and preventing plaque deposition in the arteries.
- Lowering inflammation and therefore reducing the risk of inflammatory diseases like diabetes by reducing the sugar and insulin levels in the blood.
- Since it is the soluble fiber which binds to the fat and cholesterol and helps remove it, as well as, stabilize the blood sugar levels, controls weight gain and prevent constipation, flax seeds need to be coarsely ground before consuming them to make it available to the body.
Here is more information about the health benefits of flax seeds.
How to Consume Flax Seeds
The ground flax seeds can be consumed in various ways:
- Sprinkle on cereals
- Add to baked goods like bread, muffins, and cookies
- Add to shakes, smoothies, soups etc
- Sprinkle on cooked vegetables
- Mixed in milk and yogurt
How to Store Flax seeds
Flax seeds can be stored for a long time in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator without any appreciable loss in nutrients.
In fact, after grinding the flax seeds the airtight bottle should be stored in the freezer compartment of the fridge. This is what I always do.
I always prepare about a 7-10 day supply of ground flax seeds and keep it in the freezer and in this way I do not need to grind them when I need them. They stay as good as when ground fresh.
I would suggest buying whole, roasted flax seeds and grinding them in small batches and storing them in the freezer. If you have unroasted flax seeds, roast them for a couple of minutes on low heat, until they change a bit in color, before grinding them.
Who Must Not Consume Flax Seeds?
As a precaution flax seeds must not be consumed by:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women as it may bring about hormonal changes if consumed in large amounts
If taking blood thinners or cholesterol-lowering drugs consult your doctor before consuming them as it lowers cholesterol as well as thins blood.
It may interfere with the absorption of certain medications so do ask your doctor if you are on taking medicines regularly.
- The cardiovascular effects of flaxseed and its omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid
- Dietary flaxseed inhibits human breast cancer growth.
- Influence of flaxseed lignan supplementation to older adults on biochemical and functional outcome measures of inflammation.
- Dietary flaxseed administered post thoracic radiation treatment improves survival and mitigates radiation-induced pneumonopathy in mice.
- Dietary flaxseed lignan extract lowers plasma cholesterol and glucose concentrations in hypercholesterolaemic subjects.
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