Dietitian's Top Pick: Flaxseed (what do you do with that stuff?)

Earlier this year we blogged about the benefits of flaxseed for diabetes and why it's a Dietitian's Top Pick. For Diabetes Awareness Month, we wanted to revisit the famous flaxseed and show you how easy it is to grind it at home and even use it as an egg replacer (if you are vegan or literally just find yourself out of eggs).

Remember, if you buy flaxseed as a whole seed, you will need to grind it up to a powder form before consuming. It's best to store the flaxseeds in a cool, dark place and grind only what you'll need for the next week. We store ours in the freezer.

Grinding your own flaxseed in 3 easy steps!
1. Measure out your desired amount of whole flaxseed. The conversion rate is 1 cup of whole flaxseed makes about 1 1/3 cup flax meal (ground flax).
2. Pour into blender and grind. You can use the Magic Bullet, Vitamix, Ninja, Nutri-Bullet, etc.
3. Use as desired!

Measure out the desired amount of whole flaxseed.

Add the whole flaxseed to your favorite blender.

Grind up the flaxseed - it takes only a few seconds or pulses on the blender.

Your ground flaxseed (flax meal) will look like graham cracker crumbs or bread crumbs.

You can see that the same measure of whole flaxseed results
in a slightly larger volume of flax meal.

Using FlaxMeal as an Egg Replacer in 3 Easy Steps
1. Measure out 1 tablespoon flaxmeal and 3 tablespoons hot water for each egg you want to replace.
2. Place the flaxmeal in a bowl and whisk in the hot water.
3. Let sit for 10 minutes until it becomes congealed.

You will need 1 tablespoon ground flaxmeal and 3 tablespoons hot water.

Add 1 tablespoon ground flaxmeal to a bowl.

Pour 3 tablespoons hot water over the flaxmeal.

Whisk the flaxmeal and water together until mixed. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, the flaxmeal/water mixture will congeal and will be
runny and stringy like an egg white.
Use 1 tablespoon flaxmeal to each 3 tablespoons of water for 1 egg.

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