With all of the hype about the benefits of salmon, many people take fish oil capsules to reap the benefits. Yes, salmon is an excellent source of omega 3 essential fatty acids BUT an awesome plant- based source is flaxseed meal. 1-2 tablespoons per day provides enough omega 3’s PLUS fiber and lignans. Lignans are an amazing phytohemical that fight inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is linked to diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and certain cancers.
Skip the fish oil supplement which is a processed source of omega 3’s and swap in flaxseed meal, a natural source. Bob’s Red Mill flaxseed meal is my favorite. If use flax seeds, be sure to ground before consumption for digestive purposes and refrigerate.
Ideas to add flaxseed meal to food:
- Add to a Smoothie
- Sprinkle on a mixed green salad
- Top Oatmeal
- Sprinkle on Cereal
- Mix in with a stir-fry
- Top steamed veggies
- Mix in with brown rice and beans
- Add to baked goods