Cranberry Vanilla Flax + Pumpkin Seed Cycling Bites

March 4, 2018

 

 

Keeping on theme with eating for our bodies, today, we are talking about Seed Cycling.

 

 

This recipe is specifically for Day 1-14 which starts with your Menstrual Phase and ends with your Follicular Phase.

 

Seed Cycling is in the same category as Cycle Synching and eating for your

menstrual cycle and for hormone balance.

 

In seed cycling there are 2 sets of seeds that are rotated: flax and pumpkin seeds, and sesame and sunflower seeds.

 

"Seed cycling integrates different seeds into the diet at different times in the menstrual cycle to support optimal hormonal balance (Jesswein, 2012). The idea is that seeds carry certain oils, vitamins, and nutrients that can help support the body’s production, release, and metabolism of hormones." - The Herbal Academy

 

 

What nutrients do flax and pumpkin seed have that support our bodies?

They support the estrogen dominant phase of our cycles Days 1-14.

Day 1, starting with the Menstrual Phase through Day 14, ending with the Follicular phase

 

 

Pumpkin and Flax are high in Omega 3's, which helps create strong cell membranes and receptor sites in our bodies.

Flax also has a phytoestrogen called lignans which block excess estrogen activity by binding to estrogen and helping our body eliminate it easier.

 

Estrogen Dominant Symptoms

  • headaches

  • mood swings

  • bloating

  • breast tenderness

  • decreased sex drive

  • fatigue 

We all know these feelings. Resigning to them almost promises that they will happen. Not today, Satan.

2018: Eat better, feel better.

 

 

A recipe for Day 14 - 28 consisting of your your Ovulation and Luteal Phase with sesame and sunflower seeds will be coming soon!

 

RECIPE

  • 3/4 Cup Shredded Almonds

  • 3/4 Cup Shredded Coconut

  • 3 tbs Flax Meal

  • 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Seeds

  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries

  • 2 tbs Coconut Butter

  • 1 tbs Coconut Oil

  • 1/2 Cup Almond Butter or preferred nut butter

  • 3 Dates

 

Add everything into a food processor. The consistency should be that everything 'sticks' together and doesn't crumble, but isn't too oily. Use either a spoon or a cookie dough scoop to roll dough into balls.

 

Note: I found out that these are SUPER GOOD dipped into vegan cream cheese.

Like one of the best accidental snacks I've ever had. 

Miniature healthy cheesecake bite? Yes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources:

 

https://theherbalacademy.com/seed-cycling-for-hormonal-balance/

 

http://freshly-grown.com/how-to-balance-hormones-naturally-with-seed-cycling/

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