LSA is a ground meal of linseeds (also known as flaxseeds), sunflower seeds and almonds. It provides good fats including omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, as well as high amounts of the nutrients iron, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E. Adding LSA to a meal will also add a good source of protein.
It is essential to make your LSA from scratch, as the oils contained within the nuts and seeds oxidise very easily once they have been crushed. This is particularly the case for linseeds, which should only be consumed freshly crushed or as a cold pressed oil which is kept in the fridge.
Never buy pre-ground LSA or flaxseed meal, as it contains a high amount of oxidised oils which are rancid and therefore detrimental to your health.
LSA is easy to make! Try this recipe…
Equal parts of:
Almonds (substitute pepitas in nut allergies)
In a mortar and pestle or coffee/spice grinder*, grind equal amounts of the above. If you do not have time to grind your LSA every time you need it you can make it in bigger batches and keep in in an airtight glass jar in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
A good amount to have for health benefits is 2-3 tablespoons a day. Try it on muesli or porridge, mixed in yoghurt or on salads. Never use LSA in cooking, it will ruin the good oils!
*Coffee bean grinders are available from department and electrical stores.