If you’ve been following my journey you may know that I have been dealing with some hormonal imbalances. To help my body get more balanced I like to seed cycle and the easiest way for me to do that is to incorporate the seeds into a smoothie.
I put my favorite smoothie ingredients into a blender, along with my seeds for the time of my cycle, and blend everything up. Then bam – I did it! Seed cycling!
So, what the heck is seed cycling? It’s actually pretty simple. You consume different seeds at different times in your cycle to promote your hormones. All you need to do is add the ground up seeds to a meal and you’re all set.
For the first half of your cycle (day 1-14 for a 28 day cycle) you should be consuming 1-2 tbsp of flax seeds and 1-2 tbsp of pumpkin seeds every day. Flax and pumpkin seeds help boost the estrogen in your body, which should be the dominating hormone during this part of your cycle.
For the second half of your cycle (day 15-28 for a 28 day cycle) you should be consuming 1-2 tbsp of sunflower seeds and 1-2 tbsp of sesame seeds. Sunflower and sesame seeds help boost the progesterone in your body, which should be the dominating hormone during this part of your cycle.
As I said above, they should be ground into a meal, so I like to blend mine into a smoothie. A tip that I have is to grind up 14 tbsp of each seed and then store it in your freezer so the seeds don’t go rancid. Everyday add two tablespoons to a meal! Super simple.
I love seed cycling recipes because they show people how simple it is to seed cycle.
The way that I’ve been enjoying my seeds lately is by incorporating them into a mint chocolate chip smoothie. You read that right – mint chocolate chip smoothie for breakfast!
This smoothie is so rich and satisfying and full of healthy fats to balance your hormones. The mint is fresh and delicious and the cacao nibs give this smoothie that fun crunch.
I use the seeds in this recipe interchangeably and adjust them to my cycle. So day 1-14 I use flax and pumpkin seeds in the recipe and days 15-28 I use sunflower and sesame seeds in the recipe!
Without further ado, here’s the recipe!
This recipe makes for a delicious, satisfying breakfast while promoting hormonal balance with seed cycling
- 1 medium Banana, frozen
- 1.5 cups Non Dairy Milk
- 1 cup Spinach
- 1 tbsp Flax Seeds
- 1 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds
- 1/8-1/4 tsp Peppermint Extract
- 1/2 tbsp Cacao Nibs
Add banana, non dairy milk, spinach, flax seed and pumpkin seeds to a blender
Add 1/8 tsp of peppermint extract
Blend on high until creamy, about 30 seconds
Taste and see if the peppermint is strong enough for you – of not add another 1/8 tsp of peppermint extract
If adding more peppermint extract blend for 5-10 seconds to combine
Add the Cacao Nibs
Blend on high for additional 10 seconds
Pour into a glass and enjoy
For days 1-14 of your cycle use Flax Seeds and Pumpkins Seeds & for days 15-28 of your cycle use Sunflower Seeds and Sesame Seeds
Dealing with a hormonal imbalance can be tricky. If you feel like you have a hormonal imbalance I recommend seeing your doctor and having some blood work done. They should be able to tell you exactly what hormones are out of balance so that you can target your healing.
Seed cycling is a great way to support your hormones throughout the month, but it is not a cure for a hormonal imbalance.
Let me know if you try the mint chocolate chip smoothie! Do you have a go to smoothie that you make everyday? Let me know in the comments.