Seed cycling is one of the simplest and most effective holistic remedies for balancing hormones.
This ancient technique helps restore the balance of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone by rotating certain seeds into your diet during the two different phases of your menstrual cycle (follicular and luteal phase).
Added bonus is the lignans in the seed hulls bind to your excess hormones, and the seed oils contain essential fatty acids that are building blocks to hormones.
So you’re essentially getting two for one in benefits!
I’ve created this Seed Cycling Pudding because not only is it the perfect meal for creating healthy hormones as it’s full of healthy fats, fiber, magnesium, and protein, but it also is a way to incorporate seed cycling into your diet.
Seed Cycling Pudding
(Serving Size 4)
1 BPA free can full fat coconut milk
1 cup filtered water
8 tablespoons chia seeds
6 tablespoons ground flax seed
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 packets Sweet Leaf stevia
1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds (this depends on where you are in your cycle)
Mix ingredients into bowl
Pour evenly in 4 mason jars
Put in fridge overnight
When ready to eat top with pumpkin seeds (when in follicular phase/ first 14 days of cycle) or sunflower seeds (luteal phase/last 14 days)
Optional toppings, berries, Lily’s chocolate chips, and/or almond butter. Sometimes I do all three! YUM!
Good morning, lovelies! This high-fat, moderate protein smoothie bowl will make your hormones sing and keep your blood sugar stable until your next meal. Nourishing, healthy, yet tasty food- that’s what I’m all about!
1/2 cup organic tart cherry juice ( one of nature’s best anti- inflammatories)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 cups spinach (if it’s frozen you won’t even taste it!)
1/2 cup So Delicious unsweetened coconut yogurt or full fat coconut milk
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 scoop Bulletproof collagen vanilla or half scoop Vega Sport vanilla protein
dash of cinnamon
dash of sea salt
Blend, enjoy and garnish with Lily’s chocolate chips! This should keep you satisfied for 3-5 hours! For real!
This chocolate cherry smoothie bowl makes for the perfect nourishing breakfast, as it’s full of antioxidants, healthy fats, and protein to fuel your brain and hormones throughout your day!
CHOCOLATE CHERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL 🍒🍒🍒
•1 1/2 cup non dairy unsweetened milk ( please not soy!)
• 1/2 cup frozen cherries
•1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Vega Sport Vanilla)
•1 tbs raw cacao powder
• 1 tbs chia seeds or flax seeds
• pinch of sea salt
•pinch of cinnamon
•optional- 1 scoop Bulletproof collagen protein powder
Blend about 60 seconds and pour in bowl. Top with your favorite things. I topped mine with goji berries, Bob’s Redmill organic rolled oats, walnuts, and Lily’s sugar-free chocolate chips.
I often get the question from clients whether they should be juicing or smoothie-ing.
And my answer is BOTH.
They both have their benefits, and they both have their time and place. It’s kind of like your date outfit and your work outfit. You wouldn’t want to wear you killer black dress that shows a bit of what your mama gave you to your work meeting, now would you? Well, same thing goes for juices and smoothies.
When to juice:
Juicing is great 30 minutes to an hour BEFORE you eat. Yes, eating real food is kind of important, that is why (unless you are on a juice fast, but to be honest I’m not a fan of those) you shouldn’t rely on juice for all of your nutrients.
Juicing allows your body to soak nutrients directly into your bloodstream, as all the fiber has been removed. But because the fiber has been removed, the glycemic load is super high, meaning the sugar is quickly absorbed by your body and raises your blood sugar levels. That is why you often get a high after drinking a glass of juice. Because of this, juice can be (in moderation) a great alternative to caffeine. That said, you don’t want to juice all day long because it will keep your blood sugar levels up which can throw your hormones out of whack. Which brings me to another point, and it’s really important so listen up:
When juicing, you should focus on the veggies. Save the fruits for the smoothie or for a snack.
However, it is okay to juice a few low glycemic fruits to sweeten the taste of your veggie juice. The golden rule is 1 part fruit to 3 parts vegetable. An example would be an apple with celery, kale, lemon, beet, and ginger root (click HERE for a list of low glycemic fruits).
As for veggies to juice, think rainbow foods. I recommend as many dark green leafy vegetables as possible. Beets, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli stems, ginger root, and celery are excellent as well. Buy your produce fresh and juice within three days. A great way to keep your leafy greens fresh is to rinse right before consuming. Another trick is to line your refrigerator’s crisper drawer with paper towels to absorb excess moisture, which will keep them fresh longer.
Smoothies are great for meals. Eat one for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and if made correctly they can give you everything you need. Because you are blending, all the fiber stays in tact to your fruit and vegetables, so you are still getting all that precious fiber.
Many times I have clients telling me they have a breakfast smoothie in the morning, but it just doesn’t fill them up. I ask them what they put in their smoothie, and the answer usually is something like this:
Lots of fruit, more fruit, dairy- free milk, ice.
Ummmm yeah. I can see why that is not filling you up. Plus, holy sugar! I’m sure they’re buzzing after their brekkie, but then crashing super hard after an hour.
To make a smoothie a well-rounded meal it needs these 5 things:
A healthy fat- Think avocado, almond butter, coconut oil.
Fiber- chia seeds, ground flax seeds, or a fiber powder.
Protein- I’m a fan of Vega Sport Vanilla, but there are tons on the market. Just make sure they are not full of franken- ingredients, soy and sugar.
Dairy free milk, water, or coconut water for the base
*Bonus if you put something fermented in there like kefir or yogurt!
I like to break my fasts with a meal loaded with healthy fats. One of my go to smoothies is this High Performance Blueberry Smoothie. It’s creamy and delicious, and has lots of protein and healthy fats to keep my body and brain fueled for hours, and my hormones balanced. Hello high performance ⚡️!
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup coconut yogurt or kefir (no sugar added)
1 cup dairy free milk
Handful of leafy greens
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Vega Sport)
1 tbs chia seeds
1 tbs ground flax seeds
1 tbs almond butter
Dash of cinnamon
Blend and top with blueberries and Lily’s sugar-free chocolate chips 😋
My favorite ice cream flavor growing up was Mint Chocolate Chip. These days, I’m not a dairy eater, but you can bet your bottom dollar that I still enjoy mint chocolate chip treats!
This morning I had dessert for brekkie (as usual) with this vegan Mint Chocolate Chip smoothie. Who knew having dessert for breakfast could give you 24 servings of organic veggies and fruits, plus probiotics? Thanks to Paradise’s Orac Energy Green powder, with one scoop I’m covered.
So don’t believe those lies that you have to eat your veggies before you can have your pudding. You can have it all at the same time, and not even taste the green. This Mint Chocolate Chip smoothie is so good, even my husband asked for one. When I told him I put what he calls “green powder” in it, he didn’t believe me.
Find out how to make this smoothie below, and to order your Energy Green powder, use the code QCW626 to get $5 off.
Thanksgiving is over, so it’s officially time to bring out all things Christmas! This is my favorite time of the year ( I’m not really that bothered about Thanksgiving to be honest- blasphemous I know!!) So in honor of today, I’ve made a vegan Egg Nog Smoothie.
Let the holidays begin, and the Christmas music be loud. 🎼 🎼🎼
1 1/2 cups full fat coconut milk or coconut kefir
1 frozen banana
1 tbs ground flax seeds
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp all spice
1 scoop of your favorite non-GMO plant-based protein powder (I use Vega Sport Vanilla)
Peanut butter and jelly is one of the most delicious combinations. It reminds me of being a kid and eating the homemade packed lunches my mom used to make. These days I do not eat bread, so my days of peanut butter and jelly sammiches are of the past.
But that doesn’t mean the party is over! Oh no. If anything, they just got even better.
This smoothie is perfect for breakfast, as it’s loaded with protein, vitamins, and nutrients to start your day off right. It has plenty of healthy fats so it will provide you with plenty of brain fuel, keep your metabolism going, as well and keep your hunger at bay until lunch.
It’s a great post workout smoothie as well!
Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie:
2 cups non-dairy milk ( I use Koh coconut milk as it seriously has the best consistency and taste out of any non-dairy milk I’ve ever tried)
a few ice cubes. If you have Candida skip this.
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup frozen blueberries (organic if possible- these are on the dirty dozen list)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (stabilizes your blood sugar levels which prevents weight gain)
2 cups greens (spinach, kale, etc. Think dark green y’all.)
1 tbs chia seeds
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
*Optional- 1 scoop of organic plant-based protein powder ( I use Vega). I like to add this for extra protein, but if you don’t have any yet, no worries-add an extra tablespoon of chia seeds instead!
Hey all! It’s that time of year again. No, no not Shark Week..But something even better- Berry Season!!
Strawberries are my favorite, but they are one of the fruits I ONLY buy organic, as 98% of strawberries have pesticide residues. Did you know that California growers apply 300 pounds of pesticides to each acre of conventional strawberries? Yuck!
I encourage you to find check out this year’s clean fifteen list to find out which produce you can save the extra bucks on and buy conventional. But sadly, strawberries is not on there.
In celebration of berry season, I’m featuring this berrylicious smoothie recipe created by my friend (and smoothie goddess) Andi Smith from Andi Smith Wellness.
I hope you enjoy!
Guest Recipe By Andi Smith:
Smoothies are a great way to incorporate your fruits and vegetables each day and to get a little creative in the kitchen!
I had a few cups of strawberries left from the farmers market and I decided to whip up a new smoothie creation for your drinking pleasure. Strawberries are actually a really fragile fruit that can perish easily, so be sure to eat them up within a day or two of purchase. They pack quite a bit of health benefits into each red delicious heart shaped berry. Strawberries may help regulate blood sugar in some people, they have anti-inflammatory properties, and are full of vitamin C. So eat these red berries to your hearts content this season and don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen. The most important ingredient is to have fun!
1-2 cups strawberries (even the green tops, they’re edible!)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 scoop protein powder (optional)
1 -2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 tablespoon almond butter
1/2 tablespoon bee pollen (great for vitamin B aka energy!)
2 teaspoons flax seed oil
3 cups almond milk
handful of ice (optional)
Directions: Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!
Andi Smith is a certified recreational therapist, wellness coach, certified culinary nutrition expert, and food photographer. She loves spending time in the kitchen creating new recipes, helping people meet their health goals, and spending time outdoors with her dog, Lucy. She educates people on how to implement realistic habits into their daily lives to increase their energy and overall health. Follow her onTwitter or check out her website at AndiSmithWellness.com.