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Ideas for Cooking With Flaxseed Oil

Are you interested in incorporating omega-rich flaxseed oil more into your daily diet? These recipes and tips will help you get started!

Flaxseed oil is packed with heart-healthy essential fatty acids, like omega-3. These fats, as part of a healthy diet and exercise regimen, may help reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke. They also support the eyes and central nervous system as well as the skin.

It's possible to get these benefits by taking a flaxseed oil supplement, but you can also use flaxseed oil in the kitchen to improve your health. Want to know how?

How to Cook With Flaxseed Oil

First and foremost, it's important to buy the right flaxseed oil. Look for a bottle that says the oil is cold pressed, which means the seeds are pressed at the lowest temperature they can be with no additional processing after. This oil should also be in a dark bottle, which blocks out any light that could cause the oil to break down.

Once you've found the right oil it's time to get cooking and for that, you need to remember one thing: heat is not flaxseed oil's friend. This oil tends to break down and go bad when heat is applied, which means it shouldn't be used for sauteing, roasting or frying. Think that limits your options? Just wait until we get to the recipes.

After you've prepared a delicious snack or meal with your flaxseed oil, you need to store it properly. That bottle does half the work, but you need to store this oil in the fridge to prevent it from becoming rancid. You can freeze the entire bottle to use later, but otherwise, the door is the best spot.

Recipes for Flaxseed Oil

It's time to get cooking! Try out these easy recipes in your kitchen to add more omega-3s to your diet:

Superfruit Smoothie

  • 1 tbsp flaxseed oil
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 cup ice

Blend all ingredients with ice until desired consistency is achieved. Serve and drink immediately.

Tabouli Remake

  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • Vegetable or chicken stock (per instructions for quinoa)
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch mint, chopped
  • 3 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 3 tbsp flaxseed oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the quinoa in stock according to package instructions. Place in fridge to cool completely. Combine with remaining ingredients and serve immediately. This dish also keeps in the fridge for up to five days.

Versatile Vinaigrette

  • 3/4 cup flaxseed oil
  • 1/4 apple cider vinegar
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme

Whisk together all ingredients and serve over a salad. Store in a tightly sealed container in the fridge.

Interested in trying some flaxseed oil in your next recipe? You'll love it! Get everything you need to get started at eVitamins!

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