, a registered dietitian, loves flax for its versatility. Her favorite homemade recipe? "Double S Muffins." "This [snack] is for those who want the benefits of a fiber pill but like taste and real food," she says. "I buy Uncle Sam's cereal (I don’t work for them, just love it), and use their muffin recipe but add 1/2-cup of ground flaxseeds. Since flax helps as a laxative, you get the benefits of the cereal and the extra flax. Works like a charm. The S is for Shari and Uncle Sam."
Flaxseeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, zinc, iron, vitamin E, and calcium, among other vitamins and minerals, and are low in saturated fat. “Trouble is, the omega-3 of flaxseeds is located in the seed, and unless you chew them thoroughly, they can be difficult to digest," Portnoy says. "To get the benefit of flaxseed, grind it in a blender, coffee grinder, or food processor. Then, add it to dough and batter, sprinkle on cereal or pudding, or add it to a smoothie."