Wellness Wednesdays: Benefits of Flaxseed & Berry Smoothies

Benefits of Flaxseed

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Flaxseeds are a a great source of fiber and work as a natural laxative. They are a great way to keep things regular.

Ground flaxseed has been shown to work just as well as statins in lowering cholesterol.

Flaxseeds are a good source of magnesium.

Flaxseeds contain high levels of lignans. Lignans may protect against estrogen-dependents cancers such as breast cancer.

An ounce of ground flaxseed per day was shown to regulate estrogen levels in post-menopausal women.

Flaxseeds have been shown to protect post-menopausal women from heart disease.

Flaxseed decreases insulin resistance and may protect against diabetes.

Preliminary research in mice shows that flaxseeds may prevent or slow the spread of prostate cancer.

Studies in mice show that flaxseed may prevent or slow the spread of melanoma.

As with everything, moderation is key. Too many flaxseeds may cause negative effects. Just one tablespoon per day is enough in most cases. If you are unsure how much is right for you, ask your doctor how much he or she recommends.

Resource: American Cancer Society

Basic Berry Freezer Smoothie Kit

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Servings: 1 adult or 2 kids.

**nutritional information is for one whole kit.

Serving size: 1 smoothie kit with 1 cup milk

Calories: 280 * Carbs: 39 * Fat: 5 * Protein: 21 * Fiber: 5

WW Points +: 7
*WW Old Points: 5

1 cup frozen mixed berries
½ cup vanilla greek yogurt
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1 cup milk (give or take depending how thick or thin you like it)

Note: you can add a little honey or other sweetener if you like but just keep in mind it will increase the calories.

Prep Day: Place berries, yogurt, and flaxseed meal in a small freezer bag. Label and store in freezer.

Serve Day: When ready to eat, take out, place in blender, add milk and blend. It does not get much easier than this. Enjoy!

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