Recently, I was sorting through some old books and came across the Liver Cleansing diet by Dr Sandra Cabot. First published in 1996, it was quite a sensation and claims to have sold over 2 million copies.
Looking through it today, I question how liver cleansing some of the recipes are (particularly the banana muffins). However one recipe that I do rate highly is the LSA mix.
Made by grinding linseeds (also known as flaxseed), sunflower seeds and almonds, the powder is a wonderful health tonic.
Linseeds are one of the richest sources of omega 3 essential fatty acids in the plant world and are high in fibre and antioxidants. Sunflower seeds and almonds are also rich in essential fatty acids plus a range of vitamins and minerals – particularly vitamin E, copper, potassium and magnesium.
I’ve varied the ratios of the LSA mixture slightly from that provided in the Liver Cleansing diet, however you don’t have to be too strict – play with what you have on hand at home and what appeals best to your palette.
- 1 teaspoon linseeds
- 1 teaspoon sunflower seeds
- 1 small palmful of almonds (around 15 almonds)
- 250ml / 8.5 fl oz / 1 cup drinking coconut milk
- Your choice of fruit (eg 1 small banana / half a dozen strawberries / half a punnet of blueberries etc)
- A little ice (optional)
In a high powered blender, add the linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds and blend until they form a powder. Add the coconut milk, your choice of fruit and ice (if yore using it) and blend again until smooth.
I make the LSA mix as I go as it oxidises quickly. If you prefer, you can mix up extra and keep it in the fridge but I’d suggest not keeping it for too long so as to avoid oxidation.