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,