Biscotti for Pain Free Bodies
10 April 2013 | 6 comments
These raw flax, ginger, orange and spice biscotti are easy to make and super nutritious. I’m all about the flax seeds at the moment. Not only are they yummy, they are extremely efficient anti-inflammatory agents, are anti-cancer, high in fibre and good for our skin.
Inflammation is a painful, nasty thing, and can contribute to all sorts of ailments, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, and even asthma. So, if you’re suffering, Fish Oil can be the business, as it contains Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) that are required but not produced by your body. These omega-3 EFA’s promote a natural anti-inflammatory response in the body. Awesome. But, what if you don’t feel so inclined to be having an animal product on a daily basis to help you manage a painful condition?
Here’s where flax seeds comes in. Let’s have a look at a few of its many benefits:
Omega-3’s to ease inflammation
Flaxseeds are naturally very high in the omega-3 essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). However, ALA needs to be converted in the body into the longer chain fats (such as DHA and EPA, which are found in Fish Oil) in order to be used. It is important to maintain the correct balance of omega-3 (anti-inflammatory fat) to omega-6 (pro-inflammatory fat) in the diet, as together they work to promote good health. These ALA’s are beneficial in treating a range of ailments, including reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer, acne, arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, burns, depression and menstrual pain.1
Lignans to protect against Breast Cancer
Lignans are phytoestrogens that can protect against cancer – in particular – breast cancer. Too much estrogen is associated with breast cancer, and these lignans are actually able to produce a compound that literally escorts excess estrogen from the body.2 How cool is that!
High in fibre
Flaxseeds have a natural laxative effect and naturally swell in the digestive tract, helping to drag out waste as it leaves the body. However, you need to be mindful of drinking enough water, otherwise they may have the opposite effect!
Finally, the other yummy ingredient in this biscotti is ginger, which I love, because it is also anti-inflammatory. Ginger blocks enzymes that would otherwise create inflammatory compounds. Traditionally it has been used as an Ayurvedic remedy for arthritis.3 Double win! These really are the easiest and yummiest biscotti, hope you have fun making them!
Biscotti for Pain Free Bodies
With flax, orange, ginger and spice
- 2 cups flax meal
- 1 cup cashew flour
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 cup crystalised ginger, finely sliced
- Zest of two oranges
- 5 drops of orange oil
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon clove
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt
- ½ teaspoon powdered stevia
Notes: Click here or read the post below to find out how to make nut flour. You could also substitute cashew flour for almond or walnut. Crystalised ginger is simply ginger that has been soaked then dried in palm sugar. The orange oil I use is a fabulous brand called Medicine Flower, there are no additives, fillers or alcohol in it.
- Combine all ingredients in a big mixing bowl, and give it a good mix. Use your hands to need into a dough. It should be firm but not too wet.
- Transfer the dough to a dehydrator teflex sheet, and pat out the shape of an oval, that is roughly half an inch in thickness.
- Dehydrate for 3 hours at 145˚F.
- Remove from dehydrator, cut oval into strips about 2cm wide, then transfer onto a new dehydrator tray without the teflex sheet, only the mesh layer.
- Dehydrate for a further 24 hours at 115˚F.
- Serve with herbal tea and a smile.