To all my American readers, please accept my apologies. I have received numerous emails since my last post, where I used a “wonder mix” relatively unknown in the United States to help bind the homemade nut bars. Whilst I have grown up using LSA as a very familiar ingredient (along with most other Australians) it did not occur to me that American readers might be a bit lost. After getting the tenth email from an American reader asking me “what is this LSA and where do I get it” I decided that I should devote a post to this marvelous vegan raw nut mix, seeing as I will be using it and referring to it regularly. I do not want your lack of experience with LSA to deter you from making those s’blended nut bars! To those of you in Australia who probably know most of what I am about to share -- I encourage you to make your own LSA!
LSA mix is well known in Australia for its antioxidant and “liver cleansing” properties thanks to the renowned Australian “liver doctor” Dr Sandra Cabot, and her world famous book, The Liver Cleansing Diet. There is a well thumbed-through copy of this book in most health-conscious homes, and in the book shelves and waiting rooms of self respecting naturopaths, holistic doctors and other health-care practitioners. As a result, LSA is widely available in every supermarket, grocery store and health food shop in Australia. It is gaining popularity in the United States thanks to alternative health practitioners and international recipes. I should actually call it FSA for the American readers. We call flaxseeds “linseeds” in Australia. But they are the same thing.
So what is LSA? It stands for Linseeds, Sunflower Seeds, and Almonds. This healthy blend of raw nuts and seeds is an excellent source of dietary fiber, protein and essential fatty acids such as the all important Omega 3, 6 and 9; as well as essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, copper and zinc; and vitamins A, B, D and E. Have you ever heard the saying “healthy liver, healthy body?” The liver is an extraordinary organ. It stores vitamins and metabolizes fats. But more importantly, it is the cleanser and filter of the bloodstream, and breaks down toxic wastes so that they can be expelled from the body. So we want our livers to be working at their best if we want our bodies to be happy. LSA is a really easy way to help cleanse and detoxify the liver, by supplying it with easily digestible nutrients. But LSA is also a fabulously versatile ingredient for enhancing the nutritional density and flavor of many of your favorite foods.
This wonderful nutritional powerhouse has a nutty and sweet taste, and is an easy, quick way to enrich lots of dishes by sprinkling on stir-fries, cereals, yogurts, custards, smoothies, desserts, fruits and salads. Home made LSA also makes a wonderful addition to baked goods such as muffins, cookies, biscuits, breads and cakes; and is a wonderful vegan binding or coating agent for veggie burgers, fruit rolls, slices and power bars. Linseeds or flaxseeds have long been used as a binder in the vegan community. LSA just ramps it up a notch, and packs a more powerful punch. Not only is it incredibly good for you, it is absolutely delicious.
I am addicted to homemade LSA and eat it on a daily basis, adding it to my vegan smoothies and vegan avocado shakes. A couple of tablespoons a day does wonders for your health. Dr Sandra Cabot even claims in her book that it has anti-aging properties! OK, now that got your attention! If you want some more ideas on how to incorporate home made LSA into your diet, or get some fabulous gluten free vegetarian recipes, grab a copy of The Liver Cleansing Diet. They use it in everything and the recipes are scrumptious and healthy!
Whilst LSA is widely available in Australia, I prefer to make my own homemade LSA from fresh nuts and seeds that have been soaked and dehydrated. It takes less than 5 minutes, and then I am guaranteed a superior product. There is no way of knowing exactly how it has been processed, and for how long it has been gracing the shelves of the store! For those of you in Australia, if you don’t make your own home made LSA mix, make sure you purchase LSA that is made from raw ingredients that have not been heated or chemically treated so that the essential fatty acids and other nutrients have not been compromised. For those of you in the United States, where LSA is not yet widely available, making your own is a sinch! Just grab, grind, blend and bottle! Any mix will keep in a sealed glass container in the fridge for a few months.
Dr Sandra Cabot has a motto on her website – “Love you liver and live longer”. Well this is one easy delicious way to love your liver. Grab, Grind, Blend and Sprinkle and you won’t be sorry!