Seed Cycling Energy Balls
I love seed cycling. It's so easy to incorporate into your diet and something that can have a huge impact on your hormone health.
During your the first half of your cycle, known as the Follicular Phase, focus on consuming Pumpkin Seeds and Flax Seeds. Aim for 1-2 tbsp per day. These seeds naturally increase healthy estrogen levels which are important in this phase. In a perfect cycle the Follicular Phase is from Day 1 - 14 of your cycle. However, it's important to keep track of your cycle and when you ovulate so you can be more aware of your typical cycle length.
In the second half of your cycle, the Luteal Phase, focus on Sunflower Seeds and Sesame Seeds. This phase takes place after ovulation and is when your progesterone levels rise and peak.
Seeds should be raw, not roasted or salted. Chew them well to break them down and initiate proper digestion. Ideally Flax and Sesame seeds should be freshly ground to ensure you get all the benefits. Keep your nuts and seeds fresh by refrigerating.
1 cup - gluten free rolled oats
1/4 cup - pumpkin seeds OR sunflower seeds depending on where you are in your cycle.
1/4 cup - ground flax seeds OR ground sesame seeds depending on where you are in your cycle.
1/4 cup - cacao nibs
1/4 cup - raw crushed peanuts
3/4 cup - natural peanut butter
1/4 cup - honey
1/4 cup - chocolate protein powder (optional)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and blend well until combined. You may need to warm your peanut butter up slightly if it's been refrigerated. Once combined wet your hands and roll into balls. You may have to re-wet your hands a few times. Refrigerate for a couple hours and then enjoy!