Monday, August 22, 2011

Doctor in the Kitchen - Flackers

As I was walking through the Whole Foods in Chicago, I came across a brand of raw crackers that I hadn't seen before. They are called, "Flackers," which is an incredibly cute name for flaxseed crackers! The next thing that caught my eye was the price. I've been traveling the country trying all of the enzyme-rich foods I can get my hands on and most of the raw crackers I have found cost anywhere from $7 per package to $15 per package.  And, many of the packages were relatively small! This was a full-sized 5-ounce box of raw crackers for just $6!  Um, can I get 10? Before I went buying all of them up, I knew I had to try them first.
The crackers are just made of organic flax seeds, organic apple cider vinegar, vegetable protein from soybeans and purified water, and organic herbs and spices.  What makes them different is that they are much crunchier than any other raw cracker I've ever tried. Most raw crackers are a bit softer than cooked crackers because they are dehydrated, but this one really packed a crunch!

The first flavor I tried was the rosemary and it was delicious! There was just the right amount of rosemary and sage to flavor the crackers without overpowering them. The next flavor I tried was the dill and again, they had just the right amount of dill to give them flavor, but not overpower them. Lastly, I tried the savory flavor and this one is definitely my favorite! This one has garlic, onion, chili pepper, and basil and is, in fact, savory!  I could eat these all day! Hint: all flavors are delicious with hummus!

After eating a few crackers and thinking about how great it was that I found flax crackers that taste this good, I began wondering how they were making the claim that they were high in omega 3's, when I thought that the body can't absorb omega-3's from full flax seeds -- they have to be ground. So I jumped on the Doctor in the Kitchen website and read that the seeds are sprouted to increase the bioavailability of the nutrients, then dehydrated at low temperatures to preserve the omega-3 fatty acid. Wow, very cool.

Flax seeds are high in alpha linolenic acid (ALA) -- a heart healthy omega-3 fatty acid The crackers are also packed with fiber, which helps to maintain normal cholesterol levels and promote optimal digestion. Also, these powerhouse seeds are filled with antioxidants, protein, plant lignans, and many vitamins and minerals. So, as they say, "Three Flackers a day may keep the doctor away."

Whether you eat these for the omega-3 benefits or just because they are deliciously good, I am sure you will enjoy them. If they aren't available in your area, you can order them from Amazon by clicking the following link: Flackers Variety Pack.  Trust me -- if you like flax seeds, you will love these crackers!


  1. Hi Angela! Where did you find Flakers at $6 for a 5-oz box? Thanks! A new reader...Arne

  2. That was in the Chicago Whole Foods a few years ago. Has the price increased since then?