Rich in lignans, compounds that naturally modulate estrogen levels, flaxseeds help to protect against breast cancer and promote regular ovulation, says Joel Evans, MD, author of The Whole Pregnancy Handbook (Gotham, 2005). They’re also full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids and protein for lasting energy, plus fiber to help prevent constipation. Grind, or look for ground flaxseed.

Flaxseed-Chile Corn Bread with Asiago Cheese

Serves 12 / Nutty, dense, and packed with flavor and healthy flaxseeds. Serve warm alongside a Southern-style meal of fiber-rich red beans and braised greens. Or toast and top with poached eggs for a hearty breakfast. View recipe.

Also try:
Grilled Broccoli with Tomato-Basil Flaxseed Oil Dressing

Fresh Ricotta with Arugula and Flaxseed Pizza

Flax Medley Breakfast

Salmon-Spinach Salad with Honey Mustard Flax Dressing

Buckwheat-Flaxseed Blueberry Pancakes

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