Do I have you intrigued? Mouth watering and ready for a healthy jolt? Great – I’m on the right track. In the thick of winter there’s nothing better than starting the day with something warm, and this beverage is just the ticket. Or end the day (with your chocolate polenta cake) sending more nutrients to the heart. The energy boost it provides comes from delicious, nutritious ingredients – not caffeine. You could say it’s a healthy take on coffee, lovingly provided by my #1 inspiration, Ed Bauman.
Ed’s Flax Coffee
I used rice milk as my ‘base,’ which made it more of a latte…you can be creative with soy, almond, cow or goat milk, too.
1 TB freshly ground flax seed
1 C near boiling water
1 TB molasses
cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom to taste
Blend together and enjoy within five minutes or so.
Consistency will be somewhat thick from the ground flax – but you want the benefits it has to offer.
Fiber: just 2 TB of flax delivers 4 grams – as much as 1.5 cups of oatmeal! It also helps regulate cholesterol, battles diabetes, and keeps our system ‘moving.’
Lignans: Natural antioxidants reducing damage from free-radical cell activity. Lignans are also said to have anti-cancer properties.
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA): an essential Omega 3 fatty acid (2400mg. in just one serving,) important for blood pressure regulation (heart), and cell membranes.
X-cellent: for mental health, the immune system and digestion.