Nothing Rhymes With Flax

June 12, 2009

Just spent 10 minutes trying to think of a flaxy pun of a title. No luck!

I woke up smiling this morning because nothing was between me and breakfast – yoga, workout, nada. I’m meeting Kelsey at 11 for a walk and yoga! I’ve actually got a pretty busy day – errands, yoga, lunch, back-to-back conference calls, a house guest tonight, perhaps a nightcap.

So back to breakfast….

I haven’t been eating flax lately because I didn’t have any freshly ground and never wanted to take the time to do it when I was hungry and quickly making breakfast. So when I reached in the freezer this AM for coffee I saw the bag of flax and decided I was overdue to make a batch.

I keep my whole seeds in the freezer and grind a smaller batch to keep in a tupperware in the fridge for easy access –

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Breakfast rocked

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  • 1 container Oikos (I’d eat greek yogurt for every meal if I could I love it that much…)
  • 1 extra ripe small banana
  • Handful blueberries
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 1/3 cup Zoe’s Granola
  • A few small blobs of MaraNatha

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I promise there was yogurt under there!! This pretty bowl is from my grandmother’s collection

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I had a cup of coffee because my yogurt was cold and it was a bit gloomy out. This was mostly caffeinated and left me feeling a little queasy…  I need to lower my dosage these days to half a cup.

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See ya’ll later!

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1 Tammy June 12, 2009 at 8:09 am

Flax Attacks? Ha ha, yeah that’s a tough one. Looks like a great brekkie! I gotta find that Zoe’s!


2 Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 12, 2009 at 8:10 am

Beautiful breakfast!
Great way to keep flax fresh!
Enjoy your busy day! I need some yoga too!


3 FoodsThatFit June 12, 2009 at 8:13 am

When I was visiting my family last weekend in Michigan, my mom gave me a huge bag of flax that she ground fresh for me to take home. I love, love the nutty flavor that it adds to things, and especially love it in oats and smoothies.


4 Julie June 12, 2009 at 8:13 am

I don’t know what the nutrition difference is, but I buy Bob’s Red Mill pre-ground flax seed meal and keep it in the freezer. I know I’m too lazy to grind my own flax so I just let Bob’s Red Mill do it for me! I alternate between traditional flax and the golden flax; both are good.


5 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 12, 2009 at 8:18 am

How about “Taking Flax to the Max” ? :)

Sounds like you have a busy, but totally fun Friday ahead of you. Enjoy your walk and yoga with Kelsey! Can’t wait to hear about it.

And AWESOME yogurt mixture. Nothing beats greek yogurt!


6 Recipes for Creativity June 12, 2009 at 8:22 am

I also have seeds in my freezer that need to be ground! I always grind some for me and some for my mom, we’re both out. I think you’ve inspired me to get it done so I can replenish both our supplies!


7 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 12, 2009 at 8:22 am

YUM! I came close to eating yogurt for breakfast today, but I’ll just have to include it as part of my lunch or snack. Your breakfast looks so pretty and tasty. Mmm…


8 Emily June 12, 2009 at 8:22 am

Kath, you have inspired a trio of food bloggers. My sister (Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now – she was one of your guest bloggers during your cruise!), my mom(Lynette Eats Sensibly Now), and I (homecookedem) all have food blogs now!! It is exactly a year I’ve been following you now. Thanks for all of the positivity each day and the excellent example you set. Your breakfast looks so good… I wish I had some greek yogurt in the house right now!!


9 Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) June 12, 2009 at 8:24 am

ohhh yummy yogurt bowl! that is a perfect way to start the friday – make it a good one!


10 Anamika Jain June 12, 2009 at 8:27 am

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11 JENNA June 12, 2009 at 8:27 am

gorgeous breafast!! So strange coffee does that to me too some days! have fun with yoga!


12 Danielle June 12, 2009 at 8:28 am

I can’t drink coffee anymore either! I guess we’ve all become super sensitive to the caffeine shock! Good thing there’s still tea and green monsters :)

Your breakfast is a work of art… by the way.


13 Katherine June 12, 2009 at 8:28 am

Great idea to keep flax in the freezer! I was wondering how long it lasts otherwise – I’ve had a container for a while now, but now I’m nervous that it’s gotten funky!

Enjoy your day :)


14 Sarah June 12, 2009 at 8:31 am

You wax poetic on flax!

Hooooray for fresh blueberry season!


15 Emily (Healthy Fit Mama) June 12, 2009 at 8:32 am

I mix flax in my oats every morning. It gives them such a yummy, nutty taste!


16 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) June 12, 2009 at 8:38 am

Lovely breakfast. I always say “Don’t be lax about your flax.” That rhymes! And also makes me a major dork…

Have a great day!!!


17 Nanette June 12, 2009 at 8:39 am

Yummy!! I am envious of your breakfast!

Can’t wait to hear about today’s yoga. Are you going to a studio? Have fun!


18 Nicole June 12, 2009 at 8:39 am

The first flax-y title that popped into my head when I read your post was “Get a load of flax!”


19 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) June 12, 2009 at 8:40 am

Lovely breakfast, and the bowl is so pretty!


20 april June 12, 2009 at 8:42 am

I love greek yogurt as well! I can rarely go a day without it!


21 Anny June 12, 2009 at 8:45 am

Flax on, flax off!


22 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) June 12, 2009 at 8:45 am

Despite a large tub of Oikos costing ~$5 in NYC, I find myself buying it over other yogurts. The texture is so fluffy and creamy and I love that its organic. TGIF!


23 Anna June 12, 2009 at 8:47 am

How about “relax” to rhyme with flax?


24 K June 12, 2009 at 8:50 am

Flax…jacks? I love Greek yogurt too and we were out of it this morning, how sad!!

Enjoy your day!


25 VeggieGirl June 12, 2009 at 8:52 am

I’m with Anna (above) = Relax with some flax 😀


26 Katie June 12, 2009 at 8:58 am

How do you grind flax? I can get a bag of whole flax for very cheap but have no clue how to grind!!


27 Jenn (www. ) June 12, 2009 at 9:00 am

I love Greek yogurt, too! That bowl looks amazing. Yum!



28 Jenn June 12, 2009 at 9:01 am

I don’t know if you have a Kroger in your area, but Oikos greek yogurt is on sale this week, 1.99 and they’re buy 1 get 1 free. Also, you can get free coupons from Stonyfield here: With the coupon, they’re $.50 or free, if your store doubles coupons!


29 brandi June 12, 2009 at 9:07 am

sounds like you have a fan-flax-tic day planned! I wish I could have unlimited greek yogurt, too. so good.

that pizza last night sounds awesome! If Matt ever wants to make extra dough to freeze and send to someone, I’ll take some off his hands!


30 Kay June 12, 2009 at 9:08 am

How bout………………….
Oh well, just a thought 😉


31 Lacey June 12, 2009 at 9:15 am

There is load that rhyme with flax :-)

We keep out flax in the freezer and grind our own too


32 Kate June 12, 2009 at 9:15 am

I am with you on the Greek yogurt. I’m glad to have an income of my own because my dad was getting annoyed at our grocery bill! I eat eat multiple cups of the stuff every day. =)

“Snacks” rhymes with “flax”, although I guess that wouldn’t work out so well for breakfast.


33 Biz June 12, 2009 at 9:15 am

Great idea to keep it in the freezer – now I need to buy some!

Love your grandmas bowl!


34 Lauren June 12, 2009 at 9:17 am

Your breakfast looks delish!

Have an great day! :)


35 Elizabeth June 12, 2009 at 9:23 am

“Oh, the nutrition that flax packs” ?

I can’t wait to try Zoe’s – I need to eat through some of my (many) cereal/granolas first though to make room on the counter :)


36 Lee June 12, 2009 at 9:24 am

Max, sax, tracks. None of which have anything to do with food. I ate the max amount of flax, i have to play my sax, i’m running around tracks?


37 Anne K. June 12, 2009 at 9:35 am

Delicious breakfast! Haha the first thing that came to my mind was “Flax to the Max!” 😀


38 Lori June 12, 2009 at 9:38 am

I love that bowl! Next to pottery, I love clear glass eating dishes.

I hear you on the greek yogurt. My favorite is Fage – I found one store that is less than all the others for the 1 pound tub, even less than the Oikos. It is expensive, but worth it.


39 Mom June 12, 2009 at 9:47 am

Jumping Jacks for flax?

Not great. I like some of the other suggestions more.


40 Jenny June 12, 2009 at 9:48 am

flaxin’ and relaxin’ … thats all i got 😉


41 Heather June 12, 2009 at 9:58 am

Is there more benefit to eating flax ground? I typically just toss the seeds into my shakes.

Just wondering :)


42 Priyanka June 12, 2009 at 9:59 am

The bowl and the contents both look great!!

Have a great day!


43 Robin June 12, 2009 at 10:14 am

Don’t drink half a cup of coffee if you enjoy it, just brew it half decaf by mixing equal portions of regular and decaf together. Then you can have your whole cup without feeling sick after. I do all my iced coffee like this and I don’t miss the caffeine one bit.


44 trish (girlatgym) June 12, 2009 at 10:14 am



45 Brittany June 12, 2009 at 10:27 am

Your breakfast looked DELICIOUS!!

Have you tried chia seeds yet, you don’t have to grind em!


46 Natalie June 12, 2009 at 10:37 am

Great looking breakfast! I was bad today and had a donut 😉


47 HeatherBakes June 12, 2009 at 10:37 am

Flax, flax, flax… yeah, you’re right- nothing rhymes with it.

I’ve heard that grinding the seeds just makes them more digestible (so your body absorbs more of the nutrients). Is that correct?

Have a great weekend!


48 [email protected] June 12, 2009 at 10:48 am

Looks like a great breakfast! I was so bummed today because I am working from home and my only almond butter is at the office! A weekend without :(


49 Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) June 12, 2009 at 11:10 am

Breakfast with flax…better than thumb tacks.


50 Rachel (Rachel's Work Bites) June 12, 2009 at 11:16 am

I LOVE greek yogurt, I just tried yogrut made from goat’s milk this morning, wasnt’s sure how it was going to be but a little natural honey and organic granola made it so yummy!


51 beef June 12, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Watch your backs, I’m eating flax.


52 Run Sarah June 12, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I need to start grinding flax for my breakfast bowls. The pre-ground stuff I have in my fridge I think has spoiled.


53 Katy June 12, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Hi Kath!

I have been reading your blog for a few months now (along with Jenna’s, Meghann’s, and Angela’s) and I wanted to let you know you all have inspired me to totally revamp the way I look at food, fitness, and health. I started my own food blog yesterday and I am so excited to throw myself into the world of real foods! Thanks so much for the amazing work you put into this blog every day!



54 Hallie June 12, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I keep my ground flax in the freezer and it never goes bad…but I use about a tablespoon almost every day, so that might be why. And I’ve gotten my boyfriend to start drinking smoothies with flax in the morning (no spinach though…not yet).

I am LOVING yogurt/cereal/fruit/flax combos these days. I am now craving it like I used to crave oats! Crazy 😀


55 sara.jane June 12, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Hey Kath! I just recently joined WW and realized if I wanted to eat Greek yogurt it would cost me quite a bit in points. I was wondering, can you tell me why Greek is better than other brands of yogurt? Is it really that much better for you? Should I be concerned with the fat content just in breakfast? Thanks!


56 Julie June 12, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Sara Jane, Try Fage 2% or 0% or Chobani greek yogurt (non fat). They’re low fat or non fat and low points. I NEVER eat full fat greek yogurt. I personally think there’s no point since the low fat and non fat versions are super tasty and so high in protein!


57 Clint June 12, 2009 at 12:37 pm

wow. great website. Love the photography. How about, Max the Flax. I’m sure that one has been mentioned already. Anyway, I just wanted to mention a meal planning website I created for my wife recently to help her with meal planning. It’s called Plan to Eat and when you have some time please check it out. I think you may really like it. My wife sure does. In any case, I would love to hear what you think.


58 Sues June 12, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Such a pretty bowl! I’ve recently been getting into greek yogurt and am quickly becoming a huge fan.


59 Jen June 12, 2009 at 1:13 pm



60 Kathy W. June 12, 2009 at 1:19 pm

No-Slacks Flax

(in honor of your grinding efforts)


61 Kaye June 12, 2009 at 2:59 pm

All I could think of after you said nothing rhymes with flax was ‘axe’!

‘I’ve got a flax to grind’ is so befitting of this post!


62 ashB June 12, 2009 at 3:12 pm

snax, max, lax…. :)


63 Kath June 12, 2009 at 3:22 pm

You guys are so clever!!,

Emily ,
So glad I could be inspirational :)

Katie ,
With a coffee grinder as photographed.

Heather ,
The body can’t digest the omega-3s in the flax if it’s whole – it just acts as fiber that way. But your blender probably grinds them some.

Brittany ,
I have looked for chia seeds but I can’t find them and haven’t wanted to order in bulk yet..

Katy ,
Thanks! Congrats on the blog.

Which brand are you considering? They do make fat free (0%) brands. It’s not really any better for you than regular plain yogurt, but the taste/texture is unbeatable. And it is higher in protein.

Clint ,
Wish your site was free :( Otherwise looks pretty cool.



64 Adi ( June 12, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Ooo, flax attacks! Max on flax! Flax smacks! Racks o’ flax! Flax packs! Sacks of flax! Tax my flax! (Okay, that would suck, we wouldn’t want that)

Clearly I have too much time on my hands. :)


65 sara.jane June 12, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I had seen Fage and Oikos (sp?) at my grocery store, but I can’t remember which type (0%, 2%, etc). I just remember there being 11g of fat. 😮 Of did I read something wrong. HAHA Wouldn’t be the first time.


66 Kath June 12, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Look for the 0%. It’s good!



67 lisa June 12, 2009 at 9:24 pm

ajax,jax, miralax, just relax, do I need to keep going?


68 Rachel June 13, 2009 at 3:15 pm

How about “The Flax of Life? :)


69 Hangry Pants June 13, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Flax is better than ear wax. Too gross?


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