In the past several weeks and months, I have been hearing from many relatives and friends about health issues. The key thing I noticed was, in many cases the health issue could be easily controlled by a planned, healthy diet and excercise. But in all of the cases I heard, the Doctors prescribed heavy medications with no mention about diet. And everyone was happy to go about their daily intake of Rice, Sugar, Ghee and other items. Makes me so sad.
If you are a regular visitor to my blog, by now you would have realized how crazy I am about preparing and eating healthy food. I have heard many saying casually” We go to restaurants almost 2 or 3 times a week”. When I hear that it gives me a heart attack. Just joking here. In my house, we might go to a restaurant once in 3 or 4 months. I just don’t like the idea of not knowing what has been added to my food.
My daughter keeps joking that if it went my way I would have turned my Husband to a Flaxseed, myself into fibrous fruit, and her into a veggie burger full of vegetables.
Anyway, long story short I decided to start posting a series of articles on preparing and eating healthy meal and by incorporating them in our daily lives without any effort. Yes, including these changes will make you a little bit poorer, but health wise you will be quite rich. You can do this right?
So, the first key ingredient which I heard for many many years here in the US but started using only recently was Flaxseed. Studies have shown that Flaxseed helps people who have diabetes, heart problems, and some form of cancer. It is called the most powerful plant on earth. I brought whole Flaxseed as well as ground Flaxseed from Giant supermarket. It is easily available in India also. I remember my friends asking me if I wanted “Agashi Chatni” when in Bijapur. That is exactly what is Flaxseed.
So, go buy flaxseed, grind it into a powder and make sure you use 2-3 tsp a day. Flaxseed in various Indian languages.
Linseed in India
Agase beeja in kannada
Siruyali vidai in Tamil
Jawas or alashi in Marathi
Alasi/atasi in Sanskrit
Cheruchana vithu in Malayalam
Aviselu or avise ginjalu in Telugu
I have started adding Flaxseed to most of my dishes. Like in Smoothies, while eating rasam or sambar rice, for Dosa batter, and below are pictures of how I incorporated Flaxseed into chapathi dough and made chapathis and parotas. While mixing the chapathi flour, add 3-4 tsp ground flaxseed. And make chapathis like normal. So easy right? It didn’t even take a few minutes to change your chapathi and parota into a super healthy food.
Click on the images to see bigger pictures. None of the dishes posted here had any change in their taste. It was quite yummy, tasty and most of all healthy.
Start using this wonder food in your daily food items, and enjoy the benefit of a healthy living. As always, if you have any health issues, please consult your Doctor. I am just a crazy health food enthusiast, so I have incorporated this new style of living from many years. Like you all know, I have a full time job, and a family and travel a lot. If I can do it, there should be no excuse for you to not do it.
Enjoy, stay healthy and stay tuned for the next article.