Flaxrolls and Juice: A Perfect Combo for Heart Health

February is known for two things: being the shortest month of the calendar year, and Valentine’s Day.  However, a third, much more important aspect characterizes February–one that tends to get buried in the onslaught of chocolate boxes, dinner reservations, and last-minute bouquets.

This month is Heart Health Month.

Many people, particularly the young, believe that worrying about cardiovascular issues is the domain of elderly people.  Nothing could be further from the truth. The earlier you start acknowledging and maintaining the health of your heart, the less your chances are of developing any sort of future, possibly life-threatening complications with this life-giving organ.

A sedentary lifestyle certainly affects your heart health, but diet plays a critical role as well.  It is never too late to change your eating habits or start experimenting with new ingredients that are beneficial to your overall fitness and longevity.  Anderssen’s Flaxrolls is committed to providing food that is crammed with all the nutrients that help you maintain health, wellness, and a sound heart.  This is why we are introducing a ”superfood” meal combination that is not only delicious and nutritious, but–in tandem with the fast-forward lifestyle many of us are swept up in–fast and convenient as well.

Flaxroll Wraps

It can be a challenge to incorporate nutrient-dense food into your lifestyle, especially if you are juggling several things at the same time–from a demanding job to a family to squeezing in some time for recreation and entertainment.  Sometimes, grabbing something “to go” solves the problem of how to eat within a very limited time frame; unfortunately, many of those quick solutions are loaded with fat, sodium, and sugar, not to mention chemical additives used as flavour enhancers or preservatives.  This may take the form of a burger, a pizza slice or two, or a loaded hot dog, all washed down with a giant soda.

Anderssen’s Flaxrolls is offering the perfect combination: An organic, cold-pressed juice paired with your choice of gluten-free Flaxroll wrap.  Within a couple of minutes, you can walk out of our Davie Street location armed with a delicious abundance of vitamins, minerals, protein, Omega-3 essential fatty acids, fibre, and nutrients, all of it low-fat and high-volume in order to keep your momentum for several hours.

What are Flaxrolls?

Flaxrolls are one-of-a-kind food source exclusive to Anderssen’s, and are similar to standard wraps in that they are a compact, easy-to-eat food containing several different types of fillings.  The major difference, however, is the fact that our “wrappers” are made from both regular and golden ground flaxseed, and are 100% gluten-free.

The benefits of flaxseed are innumerable.  As one of the best plant-based sources of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, flaxseed can help with everything from chronic inflammation to ADHD to–perhaps most importantly–cardiovascular health.  According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Omega-3 fatty acids have been known to:

  • reduce the chances of stroke and heart disease;
  • prevent abnormal blood clotting;
  • decrease the chances of stroke;
  • lower triglycerides in the blood (blood fat that leads to heart disease).

This is to say nothing of the high fibre content in flaxseed, which can help to lower cholesterol levels and maintain a clean colon; or its myriad phytochemicals, which have been shown to have antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

And that’s just the wrap itself!

Flaxroll wraps come in a huge variety of flavours and fillings.  Savoury wraps range from meat protein (Salmon, Beef Masala) to vegan options (Ginger-Coconut Yam), and can be eaten as a quick snack or a meal. If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, our sweet Goldenrolls come in flavours such as Apple Pie, Zesty Citrus, and even Chocolate (!), all of which are gently enhanced with natural sweeteners.  Even those who claim to dislike dessert will find that the Goldenrolls are very subtle, with the flavour of the wholesome ingredients taking precedence over sugar content.

A full list of our Flaxroll menu can be found here: http://www.andflax.com/flaxrolls

Why Juice?

The benefits of juicing have been written about previously on this website, but they definitely bear repeating.

Since childhood, we have all been aware of how fundamental to our overall health it is to consume fresh fruits and vegetables.  Free of fat and loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fibre, eating fresh produce is a surefire way to boost and maintain physical and mental wellness.

Juicing is steadily gaining popularity in the health community for its convenience, its nutritional impact, as well as its versatility–the possible juicing combinations of fruits and vegetables are literally countless.  Even more exciting is the introduction of various herbs and spices into your juicing experiments to not only provide a flavour kick, but also an additional dose of heart-happy nutrients.  Anderssen’s Flaxrolls offers ready-to-go organic juices in 5 different blends, some of which are enhanced by fresh, healing herbs such as ginger, mint, and turmeric.

For only ten dollars, we offer you your choice of Flaxroll wrap and organic juice–one of the most heart-healthy, affordable culinary experiences in town…and each time you come back, you can create a different combination.  We don’t need to mention that ten dollars is roughly equivalent to a fast-food meal, so we won’t.  We will simply say that heart health is something to be taken into account all year round, but this month is an excellent time to start.

 Author: N.Bondoreff

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