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  • Any ideas about how to sneak flax meal into your diet

    I want to have about 2 tbsp of flax meal a day, and I have been putting it with yogurt and berries, but I know I am lactose intolerant and want to try to eliminate the dairy. I need some ideas on what to add my flax meal to.

    Typical day's meals are:

    Scrambled eggs with bacon and sauteed tomato, mushroom and spinach for brunch

    Meat and stir fried veggies for dinner

    Berries for snack

    Thanks for any ideas!

    Karin
    Karin

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  • #2
    1) throw it into curry powder with your meat and veggies dinner
    2) why are you eating flax?
    carl's cave

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    • #3
      I want to up my omega 3:6 ratio - I live out in the boondocks where getting grass fed meat isn't going to happen
      Karin

      A joyful heart is good medicine

      He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot

      Mmmmm. Real food is good.

      My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread29685.html

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      • #4
        Ground flax in smoothies is OK - and smoothies can be done with coconut milk. That way you don't have to heat it, which is all to the good. But you could also just replace some meat with oily fish.

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        • #5
          I put it in any curries that I do as a thickener for sauce. Otherwise, like mentioned, smoothies would work.

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          • #6
            Thanks, guys, I am thinking of adding oily fish too - fresh salmon is horrendously expensive up here, but I am thinking maybe canned salmon and eggs rather than bacon and eggs.

            Do you think that flax meal might be ok to add to scrambled eggs?
            Karin

            A joyful heart is good medicine

            He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot

            Mmmmm. Real food is good.

            My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread29685.html

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            • #7
              I actually like flax meal, but it is way down on the list of good sources of omega-3s. For a start, it only contains ALA, and conversion rates of ALA to DHA/EPA (the forms the body can use) are pretty variable.

              Canned salmon is definitely the better way to go. It is delicious in eggs, and I also like to make salmon cakes (like crab cakes). I sautee some mirepoix in butter, add in a can of salmon, some old bay, a bit of mustard, and an egg. Then I form it into "cakes" and bake in the oven or fry in a pan until brown. Sardines are also marvelously healthy - I just have a hard time getting past the smell, haha.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by theholla View Post
                I actually like flax meal, but it is way down on the list of good sources of omega-3s. For a start, it only contains ALA, and conversion rates of ALA to DHA/EPA (the forms the body can use) are pretty variable.

                Canned salmon is definitely the better way to go. .
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                • #9
                  You may want to check out Chris Kresser's article about why fish oil stomps flax as a source of omega 3. The sum of it? Your body only converts a small percentage of the short chain omega 3 that flax provides into the long chain omega 3 your body needs. So basically, ditch the flax, you aren't doing yourself any good with it. Chris also has a really good fish oil buyers guide. If you are worried about your omega 3 levels I'd suggest you get yourself a good fish oil. Also remember that there has been a shift in the paleo world recently based on the latest research that suggests being on high doses of omega 3 long term might not be all that good for you. You are much better off equalising your omega 3 / omega 6 balance with real foods, only grass fed beef and have wild caught fish a couple of times a week and you are good to go. If you are having to add additional omega 3s to your diet to balance things out, then you are doing something wrong. And if you are using flax thinking it will help balance out excessive omega 6s then you are in double trouble, cause it ain't helpin!
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                  • #10
                    Grass fed meat and wild caught fish are not things I can buy right now, so I need to use other sources. Canned salmon looks like what I can do best, probably.

                    Thanks for the input, everyone, it was helpful!

                    Karin
                    Karin

                    A joyful heart is good medicine

                    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot

                    Mmmmm. Real food is good.

                    My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread29685.html

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                    • #11
                      You're looking at getting about 8% of that ALA converted to the useful O-3s. Buy a bottle of good quality fish oil instead and as a bonus you'll get a decent source of VitA and VitD.
                      "You can demonstrate the purpose and limits of human digestion with a simple experiment: eat a steak with some whole corn kernels, and see what comes out the other end. It won’t be the steak."
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by theholla View Post
                        I actually like flax meal, but it is way down on the list of good sources of omega-3s. For a start, it only contains ALA, and conversion rates of ALA to DHA/EPA (the forms the body can use) are pretty variable.

                        Canned salmon is definitely the better way to go. It is delicious in eggs, and I also like to make salmon cakes (like crab cakes). I sautee some mirepoix in butter, add in a can of salmon, some old bay, a bit of mustard, and an egg. Then I form it into "cakes" and bake in the oven or fry in a pan until brown. Sardines are also marvelously healthy - I just have a hard time getting past the smell, haha.
                        Those salmon cakes sound good.

                        I make some spicy squash cakes in a similar way. Shread some squash, then add spices, ground Romano cheese and ground walnuts. I like olive oil instead of butter, and for spices, you can use what you like (papricka, turmeric, curry, black pepper, basil, etc). The Romano melts into the walnuts and gives it a great texture. You can cook just about anything you like into the cakes, like chicken, shrimp...hadn't thought of salmon, that is next.

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                        • #13
                          Flax is going to worsen your 6:3 ratio. It has wayy more 6 than 3, and the 3 is barely usable.

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