Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Flax Seeds Bring Back Childhood Memories

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you may remember that growing up I used to eat flax seeds in my yogurt. And whenever I eat flax seeds now, I’m taken back to my childhood. I still enjoy flax seeds in plain yogurt (just as a kid), but I also use them in other things, such as veggie burgers.

I have been wanting to try flackers - crackers made with flax seeds, herbs and spices - for a while now. Several weeks ago, the kind folks at Doctor in the Kitchen sent me samples of each of the three flackers flavors: savory, rosemary, and dill. It took me a while to find the time to do a “proper tasting” (translated: I had a few uninterrupted minutes = toddler was asleep and hubby and teenager weren’t home to bother me…).

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Here is what the package says about flackers:

flackers are a delicious, health giving, flax seed cracker. The seeds are sprouted to increase the bioavailability of the nutrients then dehydrated at low temperatures to preserve the omega-3 fatty acid. 

Flax seeds should be part of every optimal health and longevity diet. They are high in alpha linolenic acid – a heart healthy omega-3 fatty acid. They are packed with fiber, which helps to maintain normal cholesterol levels and promote optimal digestion. Also, these powerhouse seeds are filled with antioxidants, protein, plant lignans, and many vitamins and minerals. 

Flackers are made with organic flax seeds and organic herbs and spices. They are gluten free and raw. Flackers are high in omega-3 fatty acids and have 7 g fiber and 5 g protein per serving.

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Okay, okay you say. But how do they taste? My favorite flavor were the savory crackers, and I think they would appeal to most people. They have a nice spiciness, and I could picture eating them with some nice, raw cheese. Well, what couldn’t I picture eating with cheese? :-)

I also very much enjoyed the dill and rosemary flavors, but they were quite potent. I love herbs, and dill and rosemary are my favorite herbs, so I actually enjoyed the “herbiness” of the crackers. I did ask hubby for his opinion later on, and he said that he liked the savory and the rosemary a lot. He’s a big time rosemary fan, but I was still surprised that he liked the rosemary one so much because I thought it would be a bit too much for him.

To sum it up, I think flackers are a delicious way to get some omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, and for me the flax seeds brought back some childhood memories… :-)

Questions: Do you like flax seeds? If so, what is your favorite way to eat them?
 
Be well,
Andrea

27 comments:

  1. I would buy those just for the name - LOVE IT!

    I think they look really good :)

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  2. I prefer flaxmeal over flax seeds.. I love adding them to baking goodies and oatmeal! :)

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  3. I've tried grinding up flax seed a few times and using it as a flour substitute. Gives a nice nutty flavor that's different. I've never tried them in yogurt.

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  4. I love the name of those :D I have only had flaxseed in bars and cereals- I keep meaning to pick some up to try sprinkling into yogurt/oatmeal.

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  5. I like to use flax seeds in muffins and oats. I'm digging the way those crackers look. I'll have to look for them in Buffalo next week.

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  6. I love flax seeds, especially on the crust of breads or in muffins. These crackers look so good and I know just the right Azorean cheese to go with it. If I could ship you some cheese, I would.

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  7. The crackers are actually pretty! I am pretty new to flax, having only started sprinkling it on yogurt and using it in baking sometime last year. I need other ideas about what to do with them ;)

    Just read your weekend recap post--looks like you had a great day :) The toddler is so adorable. I hope he is feeling better.

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  8. I use flax a ton but my favorite way is just simply on my oats or oatbran.

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  9. I do enjoy flax seeds. I sometimes enjoy eating them sprouted. I also enjoy them in crackers and chips.

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  10. Those look so hearty and delicious! I've never heard of that company, I'll have to keep my eyes peeled. I love rosemary, too, but I could see how it could easily be over-done! I love flax -- I use it most in baking and oats :)

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  11. Those look interesting.I bet they taste good though. My tummy has a hard time with whole flaxseed for some reason, but I am ok with flax meal. I like flax meal in smoothies and over cereal. :)

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  12. I've just recently over the past year begun to like flax seed. They're really cook made into crackers. Now I can't get enough of it.

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  13. Spicy crackers? I am in!

    Best way to eat crackers? First layer - cracker, second layer - cheese, third layer - a slice of bologna, fourth layer - pickled jalapeno.

    I ate those on almost a nightly basis in my 20's - now they are the occasional (sp?) treat!

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  14. I wish flax seeds brought back childhood memories. I've just recently started eating them, and I love them! Foods that bring back good memories are the best. Sounds like you've got some good parents! Those crackers make quite the picture. Would love to give them a try.

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  15. I add flax seeds to my cereal, yogurt, muffins, breads, when baking chicken legs, I add it to the crumbs. You name it.

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  16. These look like a really interesting snack, I bet they'd be great as a side to lots of dishes, or even just on their own. Flax seeds are so good for energy, eating them gives a real empowering, motivating feeling because they're just so healthy!

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  17. Those look and sound yummy! I would probably like the savory flavor the best. I also like flax seeds in yogurt.

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  18. This has been my first year of using flax regularly and so far, so good! :)

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  19. oh my gosh I love flax seeds...love them anyway I can eat them.

    those crackers look simply yummy!

    I think I like flax in snacks as opposed to salads and shakes the best. I love crunching them! :)

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  20. love flax! I mix it in oatmeal or use it for baking muffins!!

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  21. Okay, I'm putting flax seeds on my grocery list! You've guilted me into it! I'll put them in my yogurt or maybe the granola bars I'm making later this week.

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  22. Strangely enough I tend to avoid things with whole flax seeds in them because I've read they are impossible to digest and very small so a lot of them don't get chewed. I guess that's why they make sure to mention the "bioavailability" of the seed.

    Hey, loved the Andrea pic in your previous post. They are too rare.:)

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  23. I need to hit the health food store tomorrow. I'm going to see if they have any of those. That would be a great healthy snack.

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  24. flax seeds?
    this recipe no doubt is my fave way!
    http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2010/02/grocery-finds-no-bake-vegan-flaxseed.html

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  25. I am addicted to my flax on a spoon straight outta the bag :)
    the husband? the child? notsomuch.

    I need to check out those crackers, err, flackers for them!

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  26. ahhhh these look awesome! i always see them in the store and amthisclose to purchasing them. i happen to also think cheese would make the perfect accompaniment :)

    have a great day andrea!

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  27. I love flax seeds! Usually I'll add it to my oatmeal but I'll use ground flax seed instead of breadcrumbs in a recipe.

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