Flaxseeds are great to include regularly in the diet and a powerhouse giving you a good mix of fibre, omega 3 fats and antioxidants. You can use them in a smoothie bowl like this, make your own flax seed meal in a high speed blender for baking or you can soak them in lukewarm water for about 10-15 minutes to get rid of the phytic acid which enhances the absorption of minerals into your body.

You can also grind the seeds into a fine powder to get their entire nutritional value and eat a tablespoon of the powder on a daily basis, just by itself or over your porridge, mix into yoghurt, smoothies for example.

Serves 1

3 tbsp. flaxseeds

½ cup (100ml) water

1 cup raspberries, frozen

3 heaped tbsp. (50ml) beetroot juice

2 tbsp. natural yogurt (or plant based)

1 tsp. raw cacao nibs

What you need to do

1.Boil the water in the kettle.
2.Place the flaxseeds in a small pot and add in the water, cook for around 5 minutes, until the water turns sticky. Then take off the heat and allow to cool slightly.
3.Place the raspberries and beetroot juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Next, add in the flaxseeds and blend again.
4.Transfer the smoothie into a bowl and top with the yogurt and cocoa nibs. Serve straight away.

Feel free to use any yogurt you like – including plant-based yogurts. Watch out for any added sugars and sweeteners in your yogurts. 

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