A couple of weeks ago, Matt from Foods Alive contacted me. He asked if I were interested in sampling their products and possibly doing a review. I replied in the affirmative and told him to send me an assortment and I’d take it from there. If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s eating. He said he’d put a box in the mail the next day.
Right on time, the box appeared at the post office. I didn’t open it until I got home. When I unpacked it, here’s what I found:
There was an 8 ozzie package of maca powder which I’d never used, three different flavors of flax crackers (original, hemp and Italian Zest), a bottle of flax oil and a bottle of flax oil dressing (Mike’s Special). Knowing that flax oil needs to be refrigerated, I put everything in the fridge.
My meal that evening was a large (3 quart) salad with Mike’s Special flax oil dressing. Now, I don’t know who Mike is, but he is talented at putting flavors together. The dressing reminds me of what I used to buy at a Japanese restaurant years ago. I put a tablespoonful on my salad and tossed it. That’s the serving size. I think it’s supposed to be on a smaller salad. I ended up putting probably half that much again. Later, I found that it does much better when it’s chilled. All in all, this is a delicious salad dressing—and healthful, too.
The next day, I put a tablespoonful (again, the serving size) of maca powder in my smoothie. It made it rich and oh, so yummy! It’s said to help “nourish the endocrine system, enhances the ability to deal with stress, and boosts energy, endurance, strength, and performance.” Well, who couldn’t use some aid in those areas?
That evening, it was time to break out the crackers. I was a little leery of them, to tell the truth. In the past, I have bought some and only sampled them because the seasoning was overpowering. I cautiously opened the packages and fished out small pieces of each flavor. I was pleasantly surprised. The tastes were good. Just enough. Not too little and not too much. I mashed up an avocado into “butter” and put it on the crackers. As my sister would say, they were “double-dee”! If you have to eat fava beans, the crackers and avocado along with the soup make a very good meal.
From the left, the crackers are Italian Zest, hemp and original. As we all know, flax seed is indigestible but the flax in the crackers has been sprouted before being seasoned and dehydrated. The method Foods Alive uses makes the flax easy to chew. It’s crunchy goodness.
There’s one caution that’s outlined on each of the packages. When eating dehydrated foods, it’s advised that the liquid intake should be increased.
I emailed Matt and told him I loved everything except I didn’t really know how to use the flax oil. There are proponents of taking a spoonful every day but I can’t see myself doing that. He said it can be used like olive oil (except it states on the bottle that it isn’t a cooking oil but I wouldn’t be cooking with it, anyway). Okay. I like fresh lemon or lime juice and olive oil on my salad so I substituted the flax oil. It was good and it didn’t take much!
Emails went back and forth a few times and I happened to think—when I do a review, I always give away whatever I review. This time I was EATING what I was reviewing. I asked if he would consider sponsoring a giveaway and he said yes. A gift basket containing two packages of crackers and a bottle of salad dressing could be shipped to the winner. There was one stipulation. He can only ship to an address in the USA. Sorry, my Aussie friends and those in Canada and elsewhere all over the world.
Now, the people who eat cooked food are probably thinking that these are only for raw foodists. Not so! Anyone, anywhere, would enjoy these unless they have an aversion to anything flax. So don’t be shy! Try something new!
So here are the rules. There will be only one entry per person. The entry will be in the form of a comment. The comment is to be your favorite way to incorporate flax into your diet. The contest opens as soon as this is posted tonight and will run for one week. Deadline for entries will be 11:59 p.m. EST February 13. The drawing will be on February 14, Valentine’s Day. Be sure to include your email address so I can notify you if you win. It will be visible to no one but me.