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hey everyone i'm new to these forums and have been vegan for almost a year.<br><br><br><br>
My question is: I need to increase my level of flax seeds or flax seed oil to get enough omega 3 what is the best and tastiest way of doing this? and do you prefer the oil or the seeds?<br><br><br><br>
If you have any recipe ideas please post them too.
 

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I put flax seed meal in lots of things--oatmeal, muffins, pancakes, etc. You can buy it already ground or grind it yourself. If you just eat the seeds, they'll be a good source of fiber, but you won't get the benefit of the omega-3s because most of the seeds will just go through you undigested. I've never tried the oil, because the idea of adding oil to anything I eat doesn't appeal to me. I cook with some oils, but apparently you shouldn't cook with flax oil because the high heat destroys the nutritional benefits.
 

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there are quite a few foods that you can buy with flax already in them - waffles, cereal, health bars, etc. those are always an easy way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> otherwise, i agree with eggplant, just sprinkle some ground flax seeds on cereal or whatnot.
 

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Use it as an egg replacer in baking. It's a great binder. Use 1 TB flax seeds blended on "high" with 3 TB water to equal 1 egg. It gets viscous and "eggy," you'll see! (If you are veganizing a recipe which calls for real eggs, add a 1/4-1/2 tsp additional baking powder/soda to replace the leavening supplied by eggs.)<br><br><br><br>
Or add it ground to baked breads, buns, cakes. Sprinkle ground flax seeds (a coffee mill is good for this. I have one just for spices and flax, etc. and one for coffee!) on morning cereals, or into cooked grains.<br><br>
Also, flax needs to be broken up to release the benefits; if, for example, you eat them whole, they just pass through your system!<br><br>
Flax oil should not be cooked with. At a certain temperature, it loses it's benefits (and, supposedly, tastes bad.) (Baking the *ground seeds,* though, doesn't heat it hot enough to completely kill the benefits.) The best way to use the oil for food is raw. I like it for salad dressings and added to raw sauces or soups or to cooked dishes *after* cooking. Sometimes a combo is better tasting, such as 1/2 flax oil - 1/2 olive oil for dressings. I stir some into pasta sauces before serving or toss the pasta with it sometimes, add it to finished rice dishes too or toss cooked veggies with some. It's good for cold dishes too, like tabbouleh, rice salads, potato salads. Use some to make vegan mayonnaise.
 

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I'd just toss the seeds over cereal. Adds a little oomph.<br><br><br><br>
My dad got on the whole flax bandwagon for a while and would throw the seeds into milkshakes. They grind up, you don't notice them.
 

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I buy organic flax seeds in bulk for 1.20$/LB, cheers!!<br><br><br><br>
I ground the seeds with a blender and use the meal in bread/muffin recipes. The flax bread and muffin actually taste better than regular ones, nutty! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
I also love flax pudding----I just nuke flax meal, peanut butter, syrup and water together. It looks gross but taste superb <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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thanks eveyone.<br><br><br><br>
the cereal suggestion would be good but i don't eat cereal<br><br><br><br>
whats another way i can have it daily<br><br><br><br>
also has anyone got any specific recipes for cakes, muffins , pancakes, cookies with flaxseed in them<br><br><br><br>
also just for clarification, ground flax seed can be cooked but not the oil?
 

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I just drizzle flaxseed oil on top of whatever hot dish I'm eating for the evening. It adds a little depth to the food without altering the flavor. It works especially well on dishes such as beans, rice, stir-fry, pasta, etc. It's great on salads, too.
 

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I do the sprinkle on cereal thing too. Every morning no matter what kind of cereal (dry, oatmeal, 7grain, etc. - - it's all good).<br><br><br><br>
How about trying the milkshake idea? Toss some flaxseed meal into a smoothie or something.<br><br><br><br>
You could probably just stir some into orange juice and drink it (I've never actually done that - but I bet it would go down).
 

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I buy ground flax seeds and throw them in alot of things. any kind of baked dessert, oatmeal, cereal, on top of my toast with peanut butter, in smoothies.......<br><br>
My daughter just takes a big hunkin scoop and stirs it into her orange juice and drinks it real quick.
 

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dont buy ground flax seeds - they go rancid pretty quick. buy whole flax seeds and grind them in a blander or similar device before you use them.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by janette</i><br><br><b>dont buy ground flax seeds - they go rancid pretty quick.</b></div>
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do you keep it refrigerated? i've kept a package of ground flax seeds in the fridge for quite a while without a problem..
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by stonecrest</i><br><br><b>do you keep it refrigerated? i've kept a package of ground flax seeds in the fridge for quite a while without a problem..</b></div>
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I went out and brought ground flaxseeds but how long do i have to consume it?
 

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I add them to a lot of things, but nothing that involved baking or otherwise heating. I blended a tablespoon in with my smoothie this morning.<br><br><br><br>
Some people add it to salads instead of flaxseed oil. I've added it to some treats I make that don't require baking, though I often use it as a topping on hot cereals, which is fine.
 

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hello, i'm glad i noticed this flax seed forum. erm, i have to admit, i don't really know what flax is good for besides the omega-3 oils. can someone please enlighten me?? i am planning on going on a detox diet after my exams and have read somewhere that flax oil during detox can be good. it did not say why though. howver, i am not very into oils. it eeks me out. i never use oil in my foods whenever i can. so i guess if i wanted to incorporate flax into my diet, i'd have to buy the ground seeds right? (i don't have a blender) any advice or info would be much appreciated!! thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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You NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED the Omega-3s in flaxseed, jacfong, so don't freak out about adding some into your diet. Omega-6s are vital as well. It sounds like you've gone almost too far in avoiding oils, but they're good for you! At any rate, you can buy milled flaxseed fairly cheap. I got a one-pound bag at the store last week for only $1.99. If you're going to detox, I'm not sure what you'd add it to, but you can really add it to anything you're not cooking. I just don't know how good it will taste. Don't forget to continue supplementing during your detox, including the Bs, D, etc.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by blueserendipity</i><br><br><b>I went out and brought ground flaxseeds but how long do i have to consume it?</b></div>
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i would guess a month or two but i'm not an expert.. i've definitely kept it for close to a month without a problem
 

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jacfong,<br><br><br><br>
btw, you need fats in your diet, so I hope you get them from other sources.<br><br><br><br>
Sprinkle ground flax seed or oil on your salads/vegetables daily if you dont eat cereals.<br><br><br><br>
To preserve omega-3, ground flax can be heated, flaxseed oil cannot.
 

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thanks epski and krista. i know i need some fats in my diet and i think i get them from foods i eat like tofu, etc?? yeah i admit i really hate conciously adding oil in my food, it freaks me out. i think this is a leftover trait from my anorexic years?
 

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jacfong, i suggest you read up a bit of things like Udo's oil. Udo Erasmus has written some books, etc on oils. try doing a search for him.<br><br><br><br>
i would never buy ground flax seed. i have no idea how long it has been on the shelf. if you like it pre-ground then grind it yourself in a blender (takes a couple minutes) and store it in the freezer, same as your flax seed oil. if you use them really frequently then the fridge is fine.<br><br><br><br>
to get my oils i put a tblsp of flax seed or udos oil in my smoothie every morning. i also use extra virgin olive oil on my popcorn and a bit of flax seed oil.. plus all sorts of nutritional yeast (mmm). right now i am not using margarine but when i do i generally use fleischmans non-hydrogenated vegan margarine.
 
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