What We Eat: Flax Crackers

It has been said that flax seed is one of the world’s healthiest foods since it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, anti-oxidants, and fiber.  The only “problem” with this super food is that some find it challenging to add flax seed into their daily eating patterns.

These tasty crackers are a great way to add flax into your diet.  Dip these diet friendly crackers into hummus, load them up with salsa, or even dunk them in your favorite soup.

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Makes about six 150 calorie crackers

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flaxseed meal
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbs Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400°.
  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Spoon onto a sheet pan that is covered with lightly greased parchment paper.
  4. Roll mixture out to 1/8 inch thick.
  5. Bake until the center is no longer soft, about 15-18 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely and then cut into pieces with a cookie cutter.

Flax Crackers

What We Eat: Jalapeno Hummus

Add a little spice to your life by turning your traditional hummus into healthy Jalapeno Hummus.  This zesty little dip is perfect to dunk veggies in as you settle in to watch a little March Madness.Facebook Link Image_Jalapeno Hummus

Jalapeno Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 cup chopped red pepper
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tbs flaxseed oil
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Drain garbanzo beans, save some of the liquid.
  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until creamy.
  3. Use the leftover liquid from the garbanzo beans if too thick.
  4. Garnish with garbanzo beans and cilantro.
  5. Serve and enjoy with fresh veggies.

Jalapeno Hummus

What We Eat: Wholesome Tomato Soup

Usually, when I go for tomato soup, I am feeling quite lazy. Resulting from my meal coming from a can or box. I never considered making tomato soup another way, until our wellness team passed us this recipe. The benefits? A much fresher, tastier soup that doesn’t contain an excessive amount of sodium.

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Wholesome Tomato Soup

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs fresh tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 green onion stalks
  • 1/3 cup 1% or fat free milk
  • Pepper to taste
  • Optional: Fresh herbs such as basil, oregano, and thyme
  • Optional: Veggies such as squash, zucchini, and carrots

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Quarter tomatoes, shallot, garlic, and optional veggies.
  2. Drizzle 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil into an oven safe dish. Place quartered veggies, shallot, and garlic in dish, and drizzle the remaining olive oil on top.
  3. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
  4. Add green onion stalks. Broil on low for 10 minutes. Add the optional herbs for the last 1-2 minutes.
  5. Remove dish from oven. Pour all contents into blender, including the liquid. Add milk.
  6. Liquefy ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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PS, this recipe was also featured in our 31 Healthy Recipes Challenge.