I first heard about LSA mix from an Unpackaged Amwell Street customer who used to buy linseed (flax), sunflower seeds and almonds in very precise quantities. He explained that he used to buy a product called LSA mix in Australia and swore by its health benefits.
I started researching it and since then have been regularly making it and I eat it almost every day for breakfast and I really do believe him. I’m not one for faddy superfoods or supplements but I do believe we’ve forgotten that so much of our food is so good for our health and well being – a few simple additions to our daily diet and we can feel so much better.
It was originally developed by Dr Sandra Cabot in her book “Love Your Liver” to aid detoxing. The mix of linseed, sunflower seeds and almonds is high in proteins, fiber and Omega-3 fats. The benefit of cleansing your liver means that it can lower your cholesterol too.
It’s also the packaging free way of adding extra vitamins to LSA contains a fantastic mix of calcium, zinc, magnesium, potassium, slenium and vitamins A, B, E, D.
Our bronze and gold linseed comes from Flax Farm in Sussex, grown organically by the wonderful Clare. Her website www.flaxfarm.co.uk is a valuable source of information on the benefits of linseed and well worth a read – it really is a wonderful foodstuff, great for the skin, digestion and balancing hormones. Our sunflower seeds and almonds are organic – from our favourite bulk wholefoods supplier in Brighton, Infinity Foods.
How to eat it
LSA mix is best used raw, i.e. without cooking as the heating will destroy some health benefits. Try sprinkling it on your museli, porridge or in a smoothie. Or I eat chopped fruit with a dollop of Unpackaged organic greek yoghurt and 2 tablespoons of LSA mix sprinkled on the top.
How to make it
There are various recipes for how to make it but I follow a nice man called Craig’s recipe of 1 cup linseed (I mix half gold and half bronze linseed for variety) + 2/3 cup of sunflower seed + 1/3 cup of almonds. Given that almonds are the most expensive, it makes it more affordable to have linseed as the bulk. Mix in a bowl and grind together in small batches so the grinder doesn’t don’t overheat (it will go oily). It’s best done in small batches so it doesn’t go off and kept in the fridge whilst you use it.
So, you can either come to us and buy the ingredients seperately (we can mix it all together), or buy the mix pre ground, we’re selling it at £1.99/ 100g.
***As Craig says on his disclaimer – I’m not a doctor so please see this as a healthy addition to a varied diet rather than a medical presciption, please always consult a doctor!
(Posted by Cath Unpackaged)