Raw Vegan Flax + Sun Dried Tomato Pizza. Health facts first, then recipe below:
Flax is a high-fiber superfood filled with Omega-3's, zinc, B6, Iron, potassium, copper, selenium + magnesium. Flax is very high in both soluble and insoluble fiber which supports healthy digestion and colon health. Because flax has a mucilaginous effect when put in liquid (gel-forming + expanding), it helps with nutrient absorption because it keeps food from emptying out of the stomach too quickly into the small intestine. This also contributes to the sensation of feeling fuller, longer - thus, it has been said to help with weight loss. Due to the healthy fats in flax, it really helps with maintaining healthy skin and hair by decreasing dryness + flakiness. Other skin conditions it may help with include rosaceae, acne and eczema. Studies have shown that flax naturally reduces cholesterol levels due to the high fiber content. Soluble fiber also traps bile, which is made from cholesterol in the gallbladder. The bike is then excreted through the digestive system, forcing the body to make more, using up excess cholesterol in the blood, lowering cholesterol overall. Flax seeds are high in anti-oxidants (lignans), which are fiber-related polyphenols that provide us with anti-oxidant benefits for anti-aging, hormone balance and cellular health. Polyphenols also help support the growth of probiotics in the gut, potentially belong eliminate candida and yeast in the body. Lignans are also known for their anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Cancer Research discovered that consuming flax seeds may decrease the risk of breast cancer. Another study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that the lignans in flax seeds may also reduce the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancers. Last, but not least, the lignans in flax seeds have been shown to have benefits for menopausal women. It can be used as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy because lignans have estrogenic properties, which may also decrease the risk of osteoporosis.
TO MAKE YOU WILL NEED:
1 Cup organic flax seeds
1 cup water
1 Tbsp Tahini
1 Tbsp dried lavender
1 Tbsp dried rosemary
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp honey
Combine all ingredients in bowl and soak for one hour in a bowl on counter at room temperature. Then spread out in semi-thin layer on dehydrator trays lined with non-stick, BPA-free tray liners or unbleached parchment paper. Dehydrate for 8-10 hours on temperature no higher than 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow to cool and break apart into crackers of desired size.
Top with any toppings you would like. Pictured above, is Raw Vegan Flax + Sun Dried Tomato Pizza. Dressing is home-made, topped with spinach, mango and sun-dried tomatoes.
SUN DRIED TOMATOES: cut into thin pieces, sprinkle with Himalayan Pink Salt and place on dehydrator trays with liner and dehydrate for 8-10 hours on heat no higher than 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
Enjoy + Namaste