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Linseeds are also known as flaxseeds but whatever you call them, there’s no arguing over their health credentials. The little seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients bursting with soluble fibre, rich in omega-3 fatty acids and a great source of phyto-oestrogens – which can tackle menopause symptoms – too. If you’re looking for linseed recipes, we’ve found three of the best. And, of course, we’ve got three great flaxseed recipes too…

Fruity Linseed Smoothie

Good for: a filling and nutritious drink
Serves 2

Nutrients per serving:

Energy Total fat Saturates Protein Fibre Carbs Sugar Salt
241 kcal 8.8 g 1 g 5.5 g 11 g 29 g 28 g 0.19 g

Ingredients

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Method

Step 1
Put all the solid ingredients in the blender and pour over just enough coconut water to cover them.

Step 2
Whiz up, pour into two glasses and serve; linseeds are packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Linseed Soya Burgers

Good for: helping you lose weight
Serves 4

Nutrients per serving:

Energy Total fat Saturates Protein Fibre Carbs Sugar Salt
348 kcal 11 g 1.4 g 15 g 6.2 g 2.2 g 47 g 9.4 g

Ingredients

  • 400g soya mince *

  • tsp rapeseed oil

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp whole or ground linseeds *

  • 1 tbsp wholemeal flour *

  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 large egg
  • A pinch of salt * and plenty of freshly ground black pepper
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Method

Step 1
Using your hands scrunch together the soya mince, oil, onion, linseeds, flour, parsley, eggs and seasoning.

Step 2
Form the mixture into four burgers, and chill to firm up.

Step 3
Grill the burgers until cooked through, and serve in a bun with plenty of salad. This meal should keep you feeling fuller for longer – a study by the University of Copenhagen found adding 2.5g of flax fibre to a meal enhanced feelings of fullness, and decreased appetite after meals.

Menopause Cake

Good for: preventing menopause symptoms
Serves 12

Nutrients per serving:

Energy Total fat Saturates Protein Fibre Carbs Sugar Salt
288 kcal 12 g 1.3 g 12 g 9.2 g 29 g 13 g 0.03 g

Ingredients

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Method

Step 1
Put the dry ingredients, except pumpkin seeds into a bowl. Stir to combine. Pour in the orange juice, soya milk and malt extract and stir to mix thoroughly. Set aside for 45 minutes.

Step 2
Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan 170°C/gas 5. Grease and line a 1.5-litre (2½ pint) loaf tin. Pour the mixture in and level with a spoon.

Step 3
Scatter over the pumpkin seeds, cover with foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for a further 45 minutes until, when a skewer is inserted, it comes out clean. Allow to cool.

Step 5
Slice and serve warm or toasted for a tasty way to beat the menopause – researchers from the prestigious Mayo Clinic found eating 40g of crushed flaxseeds every day could reduce hot flushes by 40 per cent.

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References

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22245724
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2989356/
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-08/mc-fsp082707.php

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