Q: “I’m just starting out with healthy cooking. What does LSA mix stand for? Why is it a good thing to use?”
Kenneth, via email
A: Accredited Practising Dietitian Zoe Wilson responds:
“LSA is the acronym for a mix of linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds. It usually comes in a fine or coarsely-ground form which you can buy in the health food aisle of your local supermarket.
From a nutrition perspective, LSA is a great addition to your diet. It’s packed with filling fibre, protein and heart-healthy fats (unsaturated fats from the almonds and sunflower seeds but also omega-3 fats from the linseeds).
What’s more, sunflower seeds and almonds are high in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant and important for eye health.
LSA also contains certain B vitamins and minerals like magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, potassium and zinc, too.
Try adding a teaspoon or two to your breakfast cereal, porridge, fruity smoothie or to salads. Or, add to your favourite healthy bread or muffin recipe for added nuttiness and crunch. It’s delicious!”