The Atkins Secret Ingredient
Make Low Carb Diets Better & Easier With Flax
One low carb diet secret is Flaxseed meal, or flaxmeal. This can be bought ready ground from supermarkets and health food shops, or you can buy your own flaxseed, also known as linseed, and grind them yourself using a blender or coffee grinder. Once ground, flaxseed meal does not keep for more than a few days in the fridge, so beware of buying large bags of ready ground flaxmeal and intending to use it later.
With this magic ingredient you can make many items that previously seemed impossible to create on the Atkins Diet. The reason flaxseed or linseed meal is allowed on the diet is that it contains very little Net Carbs, which means the carbohydrate count after fibre is taken off – the Atkins Diet counts every gram of fibre as cancelling out one gram of carbohydrate and you can buy official Atkins products from their website and from many stores worldwide such as chocolate bars, bread, bagels and even pasta. However, some experts claim that these products are not suitable for low carb diets, and they are made using maltilols, which may cause severe laxative effects.
One quarter of a cup (30g) of flaxmeal is 8.1g carbs and 7.6g fibre, which is 0.5g net carbs. Since a quarter of a cup is enough to make a decent serving size of many recipes, this is the most beneficial thing about it, as it means overall carbs are lowered.
With flaxmeal, you can make a variety of recipes, but the most common and well known one is the Muffin In A Minute – which is, perhaps self explanatory, a muffin cooked in a minute in the microwave.
1/4 cup flax meal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tsp artificial sweetener or equivalent in liquid sweetener
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large egg
1 teaspoon butter
(total carbs is 12g, fiber 8.8g; net carbs is therefore 3.2g)
You can make this is in a mug or a bowl, depending on the shape and size you want your muffin to be. To make it, mix all your dry ingredients together in the mug or bowl, and in a separate bowl, beat the egg and add the butter (melted slightly, if this is easier), then mix the two to make a batter mix. Then microwave on high for a minute.
If you wish your muffin to be harder on the underside, once it is cooked, tip it onto a plate so the underside is on the top and microwave for a further ten seconds or so. Then slice and butter and add a filling should you wish.
You can modify this recipe to make savoury or sweet variations or different shapes – for example you could spread the batter onto a square plate and microwave to make bread slices or a pizza base, or you could add cocoa, peanut butter or essences such as almond or vanilla to make flavoured muffins. You could add ham and cheese to make a savoury dish, or herbs such as garlic and dill.
Enjoy your new found low carb secret dish!
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Roxy on February 10, 2017:
Made this & it is the best low carb 1 minute recipe I've tried yet. Used golden flax seeds which I ground. Have brown flax seeds as well so might try them next time. Definitely one I'll make again.
Jessica on July 03, 2014:
Um mine didn't look like the picture at all
vpreetidubey on March 18, 2013:
WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on March 17, 2013:
Book marked for future reference!
KelinFL on August 23, 2012:
Thanks sis! Gonna try them today!
Crystna1985 on June 17, 2012:
I love flaxseed. I use it all the time! and these muffins sound good! definitely going to try them! Voted useful and interesting. Thanks for sharing:)
Kate Swanson from Sydney on June 04, 2012:
What a great idea. I didn't realize that ground flaxseed doesn't keep well, so thanks for that tip, too.
norman stiff on April 27, 2012:
...sounds healthy...until you mention artificial sweeteners and microwaves!
Rooskaya from USA on September 16, 2011:
Thanks for sharing.
JT Walters from Florida on June 18, 2011:
I want to try this!!