Happy Waitangi Day!
Heard of LSA? It's a mighty mix of ground linseed (aka flaxseed), sunflower seeds & almonds known for its antioxidant & liver and bowel cleansing properties. Developed by Dr. Sandra Cabot in her book "Love your liver", LSA is high in dietary fibre, protein and essential fatty acids such as Omega 3, 6 and 9; as well as essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, copper and zinc; and vitamins A, B, D and E.
And its pretty pricey! So, I decided to make my own. That way I get to ensure freshness too, because once you grind seeds and nuts up, the oxidisation process begins. All you need is a good local bulk buying store, and a blender. It was a RAGING success if I do say so myself!!! Not only that, I added chia seeds to the mix, so now I've got LSAC! See my musings on Chia here to find out how flippen amazing it is.
Ingredients (organic is always preferable):
1 cup Linseeds
1/2 cup Raw Almonds
1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
3/4 cup Chia seeds
Place chia seeds in the blender first, as they are pretty small and require a good blend. Take them out, repeat with the almonds. Add your other ingredients. Blend, and viola! Be sure not to over blend your LSAC into a flour, you want a fine meal texture.
Put it in an airtight jar (dark coloured if you have one - I didn't - and refrigerate). It will keep for up to three months. Sprinkle LSA on cereal, salads or use in smoothies (this is the best way to use it). Put it in soups or cakes, pancakes or deserts. Beware though that if it is heated some of the benefits will be lost.
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