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What is flaxseed?

Flaxseed refers to the seeds of the flax plant, also known as linseed. The seeds can be ground to make a vegan egg replacement in sponge, cookie and brownie recipes. Mix 1 tbsp milled flaxseed to 3 tbsp of water for a few minutes and use as you would a whole egg. Elsewhere, the seeds can be used in flapjacks, porridge and smoothies, to add fibre and omega-3 fatty acids.

Where to buy flaxseed

Linwoods Milled Flax Seeds £6.59/425g, Holland and Barrett

Superfood Outlet organic flax seeds, £8.07/1kg, Amazon

Waitrose golden linseed, £2.50/375g, Waitrose

Flaxseed recipes

Energy balls

These little balls of energy are great to have before exercise, or when you feel as if you're flagging, as the simple sugars in the fruits will give you instant energy, and the nuts, nut butters or oats will give you a slow release of energy.

Energy bites on a board

Blueberry muffins

Blueberry breakfast muffins might seem like an indulgence, but they don't have to be. A few little tweaks, like using flaxseed and yogurt, bring these in under 200 calories.

Blueberry muffins


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