Friday, 12 December 2014
Harvest Morn milled linseed (Aldi)
In our healthy diet for sometime we have had linseed, also known as flaxseed. We normally buy the seeds whole and then grind them in a coffee grinder into a fairly fine powder in batches to keep us going for a couple of weeks.
So it seemed a worthwhile buy when Rachel spotted this packet in Aldi. As you see, it's pre-ground, or milled as they say, linseed with added gojiberries, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. All this adds up to be a nice healthy cocktail of goodness with it being a good source of Omega 3 and plenty of fibre.
Getting it into our kids!
Easier said than done! However, we use this in quite a few different ways, after all we need to get this into our kids somehow or other. Ordinarily they'd turn their noses up at all this healthy stuff and inform us it is "not my favourite Daddy" thinking that if they say it politely enough they'll be let off. This kind of good food gets into us by including it in our homemade bread: this works really well.
It's probably made it's way into all kinds of other dishes without any of us knowing - vegetarian lasagne, soups and other scrum my dishes too. For just myself, it also features in my ultra healthy and well balanced Cyclist's Breakfast which is also affectionately known in our house as 'gravel'.
Oh and the benefits of all this?
On the packet it says 2 tablespoons of milled linseed will help achieve the daily intake of fibre and Omega 3. Fibre is something we all need to maintain our healthy digestive tract; in fact it's a whopping 15.7grams per 100grams. Omega 3 helps the cardiovascular system in staying healthy.
As 41% of this is a mixture of dried gojiberries, pumpkin and sunflower seeds there's a range of other nutrients in there as well. Gojiberries are said to be another of these super foods but this is probably faddy hype.
Sorry, can't remember but we reckon it's under £2 for the 225gram pack, so not too bad and available from Aldi.
And we think....?
Use it for it's goodness as the flavour is a bit bland. Added to soups, casseroles, bread, cereals, muesli and even your own special blend, just like my own Cyclist's Breakfast, or gravel as it is also affectionately known as.
It's probably worth keeping it in the fridge as the oils can become rancid if it's left unused for too long. This is why we buy the linseeds and grind relatively small quantities.
Linseed / flaxseed