Hi everyone! We got something new in the mail today and we get to share it with you!
Sometimes we hear humans talking about how flaxseeds are good for them. Flax seeds are full of fiber, which helps with your digestion and can help prevent things like hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. Flax seeds also have lots of protein and vitamins in them. And they have lots of Omega-3, which is really good for humans. It can reduce their risk of things like heart disease and stroke. We know of humans who like to mix flaxseeds in with their foods, or use it in recipes.
But we just found out that flaxseeds are also good for pets!
The people from FlaxUSA sent us some samples of their FlaxyCat and FlaxyDog products. Our Mama has been sprinkling some of it into our food every day. It doesn't change the taste of our food at all... although for some reason we all get really excited when we see her mixing it into our bowls! We know that the flax in our food is giving us all the same benefits that humans can get from it, like healthier hearts and better digestion. Eating it regularly can give us healthier joints, healthier skin, shiny coats, more energy, and faster healing when we do get sick.
Our Mama told us that huskies that are sled dogs are given flax oil regularly because it helps give them strength and energy, and helps to heal their paws. (Apparently they get lots of little cuts on their paws from all that running in snow and ice!)
Mama also read that Omega-3 (which is found in flaxseeds) can help stop the growth of cancerous tumors in pets. Can you believe that? She read that tumors can use simple carbohydrates (found in regular white flour, and sugar) to grow larger... but they cannot use the complex carbohydrates found in flaxseeds.
Eating flax can also help pets with allergies, itchy skin, and even mild arthritis!
We learned something else too. We know a lot of our friends who like to make their own dog treats. Did you know you can actually replace all or some of the flour in these recipes with flax? Or just add some flax into the recipe! Then your treats are not only delicious, but healthy too! Mama said tomorrow she is going to bake some treats for us using the flax seeds, just to show all of you how it can be done! (She would have done it today, but she had a lot of homework, and now Gramma is on her way home from work, and Mama cannot bake when Gramma is around because Gramma makes her too nervous! LOL!)
FlaxUSA has a special way of preparing their flax so it's at its healthiest. First, they use high quality flaxseeds grown by North Dakota farmers near where their business is located. They choose to use Golden Omega Flaxseed, as opposed to Brown Flaxseed, because the Golden kind has a better flavor that blends well with foods. The Brown kind can make foods taste bitter.
They clean the seeds rigorously. Then they grind the flaxseeds using a special method called Real Cold Milled, which keeps the flax fresh for 22 months. Other, more common ways of grinding the flaxseeds can take away the effectiveness of the Omega-3s and cause the flax to not last as long.
The FlaxUSA people also sent us four extra containers of flax. Guess why? So some of you can try it out too! We have two containers of FlaxyDog and two containers of FlaxyCat. Follow the directions to enter the giveaway. On Friday, March 4, at 5:00 pm Central, we will choose four winners to send the containers to!
DIRECTIONS FOR ENTRY
1. Leave a comment. Make sure, in your comment, to give us a way to contact you. If you comment with your Blogger profile or other url, we can find you at your blog even if you don't give us your email. But some people just comment anonymously, as, say, MIKE... with no email, or link, or anything!
2. In your comment, let us know if you want to enter for the FlaxyDOG, FlaxyCAT, or BOTH.
3. You get one free entry just for being you. Here's how to get extra entries... and if you do any of these things, let us know in your comment.
- Visit the FlaxUSA website and tell us one interesting thing you saw there.
- "Like" FlaxUSA on Facebook.
- Find a recipe for a dog or cat food or treat that includes Flax, and post it in a comment here. (That will get you TWO extra entries!)
Good luck, everyone! We hope you win!