Slow Cooker: BBQ Pulled Pork and Slaw

It’s almost Memorial day and I couldn’t be more excited for an extended weekend. This year is a little bitter sweet as the last two years I was running a marathon with two amazing running partners and friends. However, it’s always hotter than any other weekend in May so I may not miss it as much as I think I will! I digress! If you’ve got yard work to do and you want an easy summer meal to cook while you work…try my slow cooker BBQ pulled pork with a TWIST! Instead of adding slaw to the top, which I never liked due to the high mayo content, I add raw coleslaw right to the crock pot with the pork.

Mic drop! I know! See, Steve and I are on a tight budget and I like to stretch a recipe out by adding inexpensive extras right to it. A bag of coleslaw (or better yet shredding some of your own cabbage) is usually $1.00-$2.00 but adds a lot of extra fiber and nutrients to the pork. Plus, most of us would do well to have a little more fiber in our bellies so this is a quick and easy way to do just that.

As you can see in the photo, to make my plate more colorful (and fiber filled) I also added roasted sweet potatoes, watermelon, and a side salad. I used slider buns because we had them in the freezer BUT I found that my eyes were more satisfied having two sliders and a mix of my fruits and veggies! Hello, variety and color and nutrients…all of these combine to help make a more satisfying meal you can enjoy mindfully.

Last thing before I share the recipe, the prep work takes five minutes…and that’s if you’re struggling to open the bag of coleslaw! Not only does it have slaw cooked right in it, there’s one more hidden ingredient. Milk! There’s only one third of a cup but I find it helps to add a little fat to crock pot meat so it doesn’t dry out. Trust me, this recipe turns out super moist and I hate using that word so that must mean it’s good. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker: BBQ Pulled Pork and Slaw

This is better than regular pulled pork with slaw on top, trust me! It’s THREE ingredients and takes virtually no time.

Course Main Course
Keyword crockpot, pork, slowcooker
Author Jessi Holden

Ingredients

  • 1 Pork tenderloin try one plain or pre-seasoned
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce try to find one without high fructose cornsyrup
  • 1/3 cup Milk (2%)
  • 1 bag cole slaw mix or get a cabbage and shred your own, about three to four cups worth

Instructions

  1. Plop the tenderloin in your slow cooker. If it’s too long, cut it into three chunks

  2. Add your BBQ sauce and using a rubber spatula, spread the sauce over and under the meat

  3. Add your milk and spread again using the same spatula

  4. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 3-4 (I find this cooks relatively fast so don’t be afraid to check it and cut back on time if your crock pot is speedy hot like mine)

  5. In the last hour, take two forks and shred the pork. Leave all of the juices/liquids in and add your cole slaw. Mix to combine and let it cook on low for the final hour regardless if you started low or high.

  6. Allow to cool by removing it from the crock pot (or set it to warm) and open to air (or crack the lid open a little). This helps some of the moisture escape but keeps the meat from getting to dry.

  7. Enjoy over sliders or on nachos or if needed add a little more BBQ on top! 

I’ve even added crushed pineapple to this recipe and that made for an extra sweet and savory mixture. Are you a pulled pork fan? What are you making for Memorial Day weekend? I hope you have a good one!

Mindful in May: Week Two Summary

Hello and happy Wednesday (evening)! We’re half way through May now and I hope you’ve felt some inspiration throughout the month or at least you’re getting more curious about your own mindfulness. This week I focused more on mindful eating techniques and ideas, but also the thoughts that go along with those.

Day eight – feeling in control verses in charge

This is a bit newer of a concept for many of us and I only just got inspired by the words “in charge” a few weeks ago. To me, it sounds so much more empowering than trying to be in control of your food choices. What’s the opposite of being “in” control? Most would say, being out of control and/or spinning out of control. That opposite is pretty extreme and the more we can work on things that help us stay away from two extremes…the better!

day nine – talk about them food groups

Fruits, veggies, grains, dairy, fat, and protein. What food groups do you want to get more mindful about? Some more? Some less? This is a great way to do a self-check up and assess how balanced you’re feeling. No judgement needed, but if you do a self-check and find that you’re only eating one vegetable per day it’s a cue to work on increasing those veggies.

day ten – the time it takes to eat

Have you ever felt like you scarf down your food and don’t even remember eating? Try timing yourself at one meal and see how long it takes you to eat. Four minutes? Ten minutes? One way to be more mindful is to increase the time it takes you to eat. This can help you enjoy your food more and make it an entire experience.

day eleven – pairing snacks

Two can be better than one! Sometimes one snack just doesn’t cut it, but that might be because it’s only one food group. Pair two food groups to increase the satisfaction factor! Try a protein and a grain or a fruit and a dairy.

Day twelve – Take a breath

We might be sick of this advice but guess what? It’s been around for so long because it works to calm down the brain, heart, and body! Before your next meal or snack, take a breath to help get yourself ready to eat and ready to enjoy the experience.

day thirteen – eat the rainbow

All of the different colors you can eat help to provide your body with different nutrients! A mindful check-in is to assess what colors you’re eating most often. Are you stuck on green? White? Try something totally different to add vibrance to your meals. We eat with our eyes first so make it colorful and enticing!

day fourteen – sparking joy

Has your food stopped giving you joy? Do you feel like everything is blah or you feel like the only way to get to your goals is to eat boring baby carrots? Guess what? It doesn’t have to be that way! While not every snack and meal has to be the most exciting thing you’ve ever eaten…why not try to have more of them spark a little joy in your life?

Did you write down these daily ideas? Do you need to go back through week one? Click here to do that! Take time to reflect on both weeks and see what stands out to you as one to two things you think are liveable and doable – right NOW. Then brainstorm ways you think it will work for you to incorporate them into your life.

Get ready, week three has already begun and truly…this is just the tip of the iceberg! 🙂

Italian Tortellini, Sausage & Tomato Soup

Friends, I get it. It’s getting warmer out but I promise this soup comes together really quick (so your house won’t heat up) and tastes like summer. How can I promise such a thing? Keep reading!

It’s all about your ingredients. Roasted green beans and cherry tomatoes are what made this recipe sing (hello, summer produce!). I have to make a confession though…I always hated cherry tomatoes and still won’t eat them raw. BUT! This recipe is the FIRST one ever to get me to try them once they’re cooked and I couldn’t believe it. I loved them. Just goes to show you that your taste buds can continue to develop as you get older. Steve (my husband) even waited with anticipation to see if I would gag and go spit out the tomato, that’s how far that hate goes. I digress.

You came here for a recipe! It’s really good and tortellini is not a noodle I cook with too often. If you swapped in a different noodle, I think chunks of ricotta cheese would be delicious to throw in. Fresh basil or parsley is also great for a garnish if you want it even fancier. Be sure to let me know if you make it, enjoy!

Italian Tortellini, Sausage & Tomato Soup

A Summer inspired soup that will leave you wanting more. No, seriously.

Course Main Course
Author Jessi Holden

Ingredients

  • 1 package tortellini noodles
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1.5 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 1/3 cup milk we keep powdered milk on hand, I think you could sub in just about anything here
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 bouillon cube
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomato pesto

Only if roasting vegetables ahead of time

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. For the BEST results: Take the cherry tomatoes and green beans (cut the ends off and cut them into thirds) and toss with 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp Italian seasoning. Roast at 400 for 20 minutes. Allow to cool. If you don't have time, see step below about adding veggies.

  2. Boil your water with the two bouillon cubes.

  3. Add the cut green beans and cherry tomatoes (if skipping roasting step, do not add olive oil or Italian seasoning) to the pot and allow to cook 5 minutes

  4. Add the tortellini and let cook for 7-8 minutes with the veggies, cut heat to low for a simmer.

  5. While noodles cook, on medium heat cook the sausage until fully cooked

  6. Add the sausage, milk, and sun-dried tomato sauce to the pot. Mix and allow to simmer 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Did you make this recipe? Show me over on Instagram by tagging me @The_Beer_Dietitian or come back and leave me a comment!

 

Who’s excited for summer veggies like I am? If you need other recipe ideas, head HERE and scroll through! I’ll be updating my search tools soon so it will be easier to look through my recipes. With love, friends!

Vacation Recap: Belgium

Hi friends, happy Friday! Recapping this helps remind me of how lucky I am that we were able to go and how I’ll never forget the whole experience. Enjoy and I’m not going to apologize for how many waffle mentions and photos you’ll see! 😉 PS I couldn’t upload every single photo to truly capture everything but there are two story highlights on Instagram for more if you want to see them!

Day One

When we landed and got past customs and trains we felt discombobulated but quickly found our Air BnB which was absolutely perfect for what we wanted. We headed to lunch at Brew Dog which had some amazing beers and pretty good food. We got a lot of free food and alcohol (free!) on the plane so I’m not sure my stomach was quite ready to experience everything. Afterwards we enjoyed tooling around a nearby park and stayed awake as long as could until we crashed and slept till 7:00 AM the next day.

Day Two

I had espresso every day – seems to be the trend over there and I miss it! We walked to a local grocery market and probably annoyed locals while we read and slowly meandered through the aisles. Good thing I’m good at coming up with quick and easy meals! We were pretty hungry after that (don’t recommend going grocery shopping hungry!) and headed to Peck 47 where we had AH-MAZING breakfast food and drink. I mean, don’t those photos just make you drool? Afterwards we walked to Grand Place which is a magnificent as it sounds and found a pub for some beer and waffles. We visited Delirium Tap House for some tasters, got fries at Fritland (covered in truffle sauce ERMERGERD), saw the tiny Manneken Pis all the tourists sites say to go to and finished the day with donuts. We went back to CoCo Donuts more than once but my first one had speculoos which is common in Belgium, it’s like a crumbly shortbread biscuit <3 SO good.

Day Three

Steve found a couple of museums to go to so we coined this the museum and waffle day! We started at Moof Museum where we saw a lot of comic book history. We went to Maison Dandoy and had by far the BEST liege waffles there. Liege waffles are different than Belgium waffles, they’re made from a dough, they’re thicker, and have sugar pearls inside…yeah I already ordered the sugar pearls and I’ll be making some SOON! We walked to the Museum of Natural Sciences next and saw a nice dinosaur exhibit. It also was free since it was the first Wednesday of the month, yea savings! Afterwards we went to Park du Cinquantenaire which was beautiful. This was a particularly sunny day and after a LOT of steps we finished the night at Scott’s Bar for beer flights, pizza, and an avocado daiquiri. We might have had a couple extra beers and hit up a late night waffle place after 😉

Day Four

We headed to a new part of Brussels, saw some beautiful churches and buildings and had breakfast at Chicago Café. I promise it had Belgium food and it wasn’t American based off the name 😉 Since we were still a little hungry (and I learned that not all Matcha lattes are made the same) we went for coffee and croissants at a café called Charli. We found Zinneke Pis next, which is the dog version of Manneken Pis and waited for Brussels Beer Project to open. They had some more American styled beers (and Belgium ones too) and we enjoyed a few while watching the brewers work. We had charcuterie and…can you believe this…more beer at Moeder Lambic! This became a favorite location of ours. Amazing beers from all over Europe and great people too.

Day Five

We packed our day-bag and headed to the Antomium which is the giant metal ball/jack-like sculpture in the photos. You get to take elevators, stairs and escalators up into the various sections which was fun. All rides of course end in the gift shop where I’m a sucker for post cards to take home and frame later on 😊 We enjoyed our packed lunch and though I was tempted by a waffle food truck we passed and enjoyed a leisurely walk through a giant park. Afterwards, we went to the Brussels Design Museum and saw and read about the history of plastic. When we headed back we stumbled upon Ballekes, aka meatball Heaven which seriously was heaven. You picked your type of meat ball, sauce, and sauce for your fries. To.Die.For. If you’re ever in Brussels, just go there.

Oh and later I had more waffles 😊

Day Six

We traveled again only this time it was an hour and fifteen minute train ride to Brugge! This was the must-go-to town our friends told us to visit and we’re so glad we did. We started with breakfast at That’s Toast which was also drool worthy. I should note that at every restaurant we went to Steve and I seemed to have perfect timing. We never had to wait long for a table, we loved our service, and there was never a rush for anything (which is the general culture over there too). We walked around the Markt center and listened to the church bells chime. Later we got beer flights by a canal at Bourgogne des Flandres and walked toward the outskirts of town to see giant old windmills. We got…can you believe it…more waffles and more beer at Brouwerij de Halve Maan (Half Moon Brewery). This place was great and we sat in giant, plushy chairs and sipped some authentic Belgium beer. We capped the night after dinner with a cocktail at the Gin and Whisky Lounge. A quiet but amazing place for a well made drink!

Day Seven

I’m pretty sure we slept in this day because Brugge was fun but longer and fuller than our other days. We had a leisurely breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien, crowded but it was like eating in a beautiful green house. It’s a good thing neither of us choose not to eat bread because we got what felt like three loaves when we got there. We took the day to walk without purpose and just take in the culture. We did eat another donut from CoCo Donuts and had some sour beers at A La Mort Subite. Also, we called it an early night and relaxed at home cooking up dinner and enjoying time without social media.

Day Eight

We decided to get a smaller breakfast because this had been our main meal on most days and hit up Jat’ Cafe where we got some amazing bagels! Mine had almost too much brie on it (which is saying something if you know me) but I still really enjoyed it. We walked to Cantillon Brewery which if you don’t know…is amazing. Amazing sour beers, fun experience, sought after viciously in the US and we got to sit and drink there all day. We met some Americans from Georgia (hello, friends if you’re reading!) and it felt a bit more like our other experiences at breweries where we’ll just start chatting and enjoying new company. Jessi desperately wanted salad after this so we grabbed some on our walk back and washed it down with a waffle of course. Seriously. Waffles every day! This was our second to last day so we decided to go to Floris Bar for Absinthe. No, we did not hallucinate! The alley where this was located is in the same alley as Delirium (which has three or four different areas to drink) so it was a really fun way to cap our evening!

Grand Place
Park du Cinquantenaire

Day Nine aka Favorite Day

We deemed this day, favorite day! We went back to our favorite locations and took our time at each of them. In fact, this was the general theme of the trip. Slow…down. Take it in, don’t rush anything and enjoy every single moment. We did and I cannot wait to keep living my life in slow motion savoring every single day to its fullest.

Hope you enjoyed this recap! Questions? Comments? Concerned about my waffle intake? Don’t worry my withdrawals have stopped and I’m back to perfecting a liege waffle recipe for you all soon.

Mindful in May: Week One Summary

For those of you who have been following along, we are officially one week into Mindful in May! If you’re not sure what that is, click here! There’s still time to join in and learn something about your own mindfulness this month (and beyond!).

Week one focused on awareness. Without being aware of where you are starting with mindfulness…where would you go? How would you begin? That’s what week one has been all about. Let’s recap!

Day One: Write it Out

I find it is important that no matter the journey you are on, it can be wicked helpful to write it down and let your thoughts come to life on paper. Refer back to these intentions and thoughts every single day…even multiple times a day!

Day Two: Too much or Too little?

The ingredients in a recipe are what make it work well together. But! Too much of one ingredient can cause off flavors or an imbalanced finished product. Today was about bringing awareness to what you feel you are getting too much of and too little of.

day three: hunger curiosity

I like the idea of being curious about our hunger. To become mindful (or even intuitive) I think we have to start trying to listen to our hunger. Is it coming from the gut or is it coming from the heart? Do you get hunger cues or do you eat solely based on routine? There’s no right or wrong answer but increasing your awareness can help you get to the root of hunger struggles.

Day four: feeling fullness

In the same way that it’s important to start being more aware of hunger, it’s important to start recognizing fullness too. Many people find they eat past the point of being full because they aren’t aware of how it feels to be full without hitting the maximum stuffed level. The hunger scale (coming in week two!) is going to be a very helpful tool as we dive deeper into this month long event!

day five: struggle foods

Do you keep a food in your home or direct environment that you struggle with on a daily basis? Being more mindful of the food in your environment can help you identify a way to create space. Creating space means if you have a candy dish on your table but you’re finding it next to impossible to resist bingeing on it, try moving it. The problem is not having some candy, it’s feeling a loss of control or self-loathing that takes away the enjoyment of food and only feeds us guilt instead. Some people need to remove certain foods from their house for a while so we can create space to deal with the underlying issue. Other times it can be appropriate to keep the food, move it out of sight, and still find ways to increase a pause for yourself (like a few deep breaths and reviewing your intentions) before you indulge in an immediate impulse to soothe an urge to eat. Obviously I care about this one a lot since it got a whole paragraph. I am pretty sure I could write a book about it. More thoughts to come!

day six: staying hydrated

How mindful do you feel about your water intake? Do you understand why we need water or have you just been told to drink it just ’cause? It has many functions including lubricating joints, transporting nutrients and removing waste. The general recommendation is eight, 8oz glasses per day. Some people need more but in general that’s a good goal to start with. Set a reminder in your phone or start drinking one glass with each meal. It can be easier to attach a new habit to an already established one like meal time.

day seven: Small food, big impact

Little foods can make a BIG impact! Some people call things like this super foods but I prefer tiny awesome powerhouse foods that can kick some ass. Okay, that is probably a bit exaggerated! My example today was shelled hemp hearts from Manitoba Harvest (FYI I’m an Ambassador for this company but I’m not trying to sell you. I use them and reached out to join their program because it’s already a food I enjoy). These little guys pack a lot of protein and health fat in such a small serving. Before you pack your lunch or eat a snack, take a mindful moment and ask yourself, “is there anything else I could do to make this healthier just because?”

Week one summary DONE! That’s an awful lot of information to take in and guess what? These weeks are easy to repeat on your own beyond just the month of May! You won’t break habits with me, you won’t actually break habits in general. You can, however, form new habits and practice using them over and over until they become engrained like our old ones. Habits are in a part of our brain that does not fade, unlike our memories. It’s more impactful to form new habits and practice them than to try and “break” an old one.

I hope you enjoyed week one! I would love to hear any feedback or changes you experienced over the week on Instagram or here so don’t be afraid to tag me there or write in the comment section below.

Ground Beef & Sweet Potato Quesadillas

This was not a recipe a planned on posting here but I got a lot of requests for it so here it is! If you are not following me on Instagram go here now! I save insta-recipes in one of my story highlights with simple meals I throw together but want to share with you. This is one of those recipes and I feel like it’s perfect timing with Cinco De Mayo tomorrow!

I did use ground beef which is very uncommon for me, I pretty much never buy it but it was on clearance and too good of deal to pass up. Side note, I love buying clearance meet and freezing it when I get it home. I digress, you could switch it to ground turkey or chicken or any meat you prefer. Enjoy!

EASY Ground Beef & Sweet Potato Quesadillas

These quesadillas are incredibly fast and easy to make. You could also make them into nachos or tacos, or on salad too!

Course Main Course
Keyword beef, easy, mexican
Author Jessi Holden

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef (or any preferred meat)
  • 1 medium sweet potato, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn, do not thaw
  • 1/2 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup salsa, your choice on chunky, mild, hot, etc!

Instructions

  1. Start cooking your ground beef over medium-high heat. You don’t really need to spray or add oil because there’s enough fat in the ground beef.

  2. Add the frozen corn to the pan. Continue cooking. I leave it sitting there while I prep the next ingredient.

  3. Add your drained and rinsed black beans (this removes more of sodium).

  4. Chop your sweet potato. If you like the flavor of roasted potatoes then roast it ahead of time. I chopped it, threw it in a microwave safe bowl some some water and steamed it for a good 3-5 minutes.

  5. Add in the sweet potato and the salsa and mix to finish up cooking. Make sure all the pink is gone from the meat. 

  6. For Quesadillas: Take the mixture out of the pan and grab a paper towel to quickly wipe out any extra residue. Add a quesadilla (empty) to the pan and let it sit on low heat for a minute or so. Add mixture to half of the quesadilla, sprinkle with cheese and fold the other half over the mix. Use a spatula to flatten it. Let it brown slightly on one side and put using a spatula, flip over the quesadilla. Do this by going under the open side and flipping it over, not by starting from the folded side. 

  7. For Nachos: Add your chips and cheese. Boom.

  8. For Salad: Add the mix to a salad with your favorite dressing.

Recipe Notes

Did you make this recipe? Tag me on Instagram #NutritionBrewed and @The_Beer_Dietitian.

 

Mindful in May 2019

Hello and happy Monday, friends! I’m so excited that May is almost here because it’s my birthday month AND I decided to focus solely on mindfulness throughout the month of May. You might be wondering why or what mindfulness means or why you should care about it?

When I was actively trying to lose weight, I learned techniques to become more aware of the food and drink I was consuming. I tried a lot of different things but one memory is stilly pretty clear, I was NOT mindful of my intake or my eating style. I would try to go all in on a plan and then a few days in go back to old habits. It’s a pattern many of us are familiar with and it’s not enjoyable at all.

Enter in mindful eating. Mindfulness is what helped me start to slow down and pay attention to my surroundings. I began to find myself eating less in front of the TV or if I did I at least took out my portion and didn’t eat straight from the bag/carton/box/container. I began to pay attention more to the portions I ate and I really focused on how supportive my environment was.

Enter in YOU! I practice mindfulness everyday and I want to pass on my knowledge and experiences to you. I’m not saying you should become mindful to lose weight, I’m saying it will help your eating experience feel better. Mindful approaches to our body, thoughts, food, drink, and more can help us become healthier as a whole. If your goal is to get more in touch, to become aware of habits that aren’t bad but maybe aren’t helpful, or if you do want to change your body…mindfulness is a GREAT place to start.

So. Where do we go from here? You join me through Mindful in May! Every post throughout the month will be focused on a way you can become more mindful. The weeks will focus on mindfulness about food, your environment, your mind, habits and more. Make sure you’re signed up for the mug club emails as you may get some extra special things throughout the month!

There will also be special reminders and ideas in my Instagram stories! That is where the crux of it will take place. I plan on having a daily mindful tip (they will all be saved in story highlight) and encourage you to share how it impacts you! I’ll also be doing a giveaway this month to those who participate. All in all, it’s going to be a great month and a chance for you to become more mindful. Recognize, however, that it’s just a month and while I don’t believe we can “break” habits, I do believe we can form new ones and practice (A LOT!) them until they become formed.

If you have questions, feel free to reach out anytime! You can reach me here in the comments, my email brewtition@gmail.com or through Instagram direct message. I cannot wait to take these mindfulness challenges with you every single day!

Five Reasons to add Flaxseed to your Eating Style

Hi, friends! I have missed you. Since we last chatted I got home from Belgium and finished the process of moving into our fist home. We still have more boxes packed than unpacked but slowly it’s becoming ours. Today, for my first post in what feels like forreeeevvveeerrrrr…I’m writing about something I’ve added to my eating style on an almost daily basis. Flaxseed!

Flaxseed IS something to add to your arsenal of food weapons. It’s not a magic pill, it doesn’t magically make changes in your body but it does provide an awful lot of good. I’ll start by trying to convince you to incorporate it into your meals or snacks and then how I like to use it as well. Also, I edited this just after posting so I could revise and help you understand the difference between flax meal and ground flaxseed, go to Manitoba Milling Company’s post here for the difference.

To start, you need to know that while things may have flaxseeds in them, our bodies do not break them down and therefore we won’t reap the same benefits from them. Cool, those tortilla chips have flaxseeds, they’re really good at getting stuck in your teeth like chia seeds but not for much more than that. I digress, here are my reasons to incorporate them into your eating style:

Reason Number One

They’re high in omega-3s that our body needs for various functions. Unless you’re someone who regularly eats avocados, walnuts, fish, and plant based oils…you may not be getting enough of these fats. Contrary to *back in the day* popular belief fat does not make you fat, read more about that here. The fat you get from flaxseed is anti-inflammatory and beneficial to your heart, eye, and brain health.

Reason Number Two

They will add more fiber to your diet which you probably know helps your poop stay in a group 😉 and also helps you feel full. It’s important to get fiber from a variety of sources and flaxseed can be a part of that. It is recommended that you gradually increase your fiber intake and check your water intake too. Otherwise, too fast of an increase might cause gastrointestinal discomfort.

Reason Number Three

It’s incredibly simple. I like simple nutrition and while flaxseed is trendy and some people aren’t into that…I am! Trendy can be fun and easy food to add to our eating style to better our health. Two scoops (tablespoons) and boom I know I’m getting and absorbing more nutrients.

Reason Number Four

It could help in the prevention of chronic disease or strokes. WOW that’s kind of a loaded statement. Again it’s not a magic pill and it’s not a substitute for your medications but it does have ALA Omega-3 which supports heart health and a healthy blood pressure.

Reason Number Five

It’s not expensive. Buying a full bag from Manitoba Milling Company costs $12.99 for a full pound which lasts you quite a while AND I’ve got a discount code for you at the bottom of this post.

BONUS reason!

It’s versatile! You can add to it so many things like in the list below. Manitoba Milling Company sells smooth whole-milled flaxseed, milk, and bran and pancake mix. I enjoyed the milk in a smoothie but later I tried it with just granola and couldn’t get past the thickness. If you like thicker/creamy nutty milk, you might like it! It also doesn’t provide the same amount of calcium or vitamin D I get from Almond, soy, or cow’s milk which is the general reason I use or drink milk. Still, it’s another option!

Now that you’re fully convinced it’s something to consider trying…Here are some ideas for how you can add flaxseed into your eating style!

  • Smoothies / Shakes
  • Oatmeal
  • Baked goods
  • As an egg substitute (ratio)
  • Parfaits
  • Meat loaf / Any ground meat – I’ve added it to burger patties
  • In a dip or hummus
  • I’ve even had a client tell me she put it in an old spice container and sprinkled it on most of her foods from pizza to spaghetti

Point made, it’s a healthy item and it’s worth adding it for the heart health benefits alone. Do you use flaxseed or flax milk? What do you add it to? Has it made any changes in your health or your meals?

As promised, here is the discount code! It is valid on Amazon and at Manitobaflax.com

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*Disclaimer- I am a health and wellness ambassador for Manitoba Milling Company. They sent me these products for free. I do not receive any financial reimbursement for writing this blog or sharing the discount code with you. I was not paid to share my opinion, all opinions are my own.