3 seed cycling recipes: seed butter + milk's + pesto

s e e d  c y c l i n g

r e c i p e s

what is seed cycling + why do it ?

Seed cycling is a subtle hormonal balancing ally for the female reproductive cycle. Each month as we cycle, so do our hormones. Seed cycling is based on the premise of giving ourselves the necessary nutrients to support our hormonal dance. For hormones to be made and manufactured they need the necessary nutritional building blocks to do so. In theory, seed cycling can help with this.

This is also a great way to add seeds into the diet in a balanced way. When you circulate your foods you can avoid both excessive and under use of certain foods.

Seed cycling is a fun way to get more engaged with your food and is also a sweet and subtle daily reminder of where you’re at in your cycle. Each time you grab a spoonful of seeds, make a seed butter, seed milk, or sprinkle some on top of a meal will serve as a subtle reminder to your cyclic nature. 

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s e e d  c y c l i n g

i d e a s

~ s e e d  b u t t e r

~ s e e d  m i l k

~ p e s t o

~ m e a l  t o p p i n g s

 

s e e d  b u t t e r

This is a great recipe to use during the luteal phase of the cycle (ovulation – last day before bleeding). The bulk of the butter will be made with sunflower seeds. You can also add additional seeds for flavor and extra nutritional value.

I like to add in hemp seeds for extra magnesium. Most people are magnesium deficient and for women this can contribute to increased menstrual cramps. Magnesium helps our muscles relax. When we don’t have enough we are more prone to muscle cramps especially leading up to and during the first few days of menstruation.

This butter can be used as a topping, veggie or fruit dip. You can add it onto smoothie bowls, oatmeal, overnight oats, chia seed pudding, toast, or even eat it by itself.

i n g r e d i e n t s

~ 3 cups raw sunflower seeds

~1 tbsp hemp seeds

~1 tbsp sesame seeds

~1/4 tsp sea salt

~ 2-3 tbsp of oil per 1 cup seeds

r e c i p e

~ roast sunflower seeds in oven at 350 for 10-15 minutes

~ add all seeds, oil, and salt into a high speed blender or food processor.

~ Blend for about 3 minutes until a butter is formed. Scrape sides as necessary. Add additional oil for added creaminess.

~ blend until butter is mixed thoroughly.

s e e d  m i l k ’ s

Seed milks are another fantastic way to cycle your seeds. Making seed milk is my preferred way of making my own non-dairy milk. When you make nut milk, you’ll have to strain out the fibrous parts of the milk. With seeds you won’t need to do this. Also seeds are often more affordable and more environmentally friendly. Nuts like almonds use an extremely large amount of water to grow. Seeds such as sunflower or pumpkin don’t.

Make sunflower milk when you’re in the luteal phase of your cycle and pumpkin milk when you’re in the follicular phase of your cycle. Hemp seed milk is also a great ally the week before and week of menstruation. Hemp seeds contain a large amount of magnesium, which can help prevent and reduce menstrual cramps.

i n g r e d i e n t s

~ 1 cup seeds (hemp, sunflower, or pumpkin)

~ 3 cups of water

s e e d  c y c l e  s u g g e s t i o n s

~day 1-ovulation  = pumpkin seeds

~ ovulation – last day of cycle = sunflower seeds

~ last week of cycle – 1st week of cycle = hemp seeds

r e c i p e

~ combine all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend for 3 minutes

~ store in a tight container like a mason jar or saved/reused glass bottle or jar in the fridge for up to 3 days

~ strain through a cheese cloth is preferred

~ shake well before each use

p e s t o ’ s

Pesto is an amazing topping to add onto pretty much anything. I add pesto onto my eggs and savory breakfast bowls in the morning. On top of salads, tacos, lunch entrees, as a veggie dip, and on many dinner plates. You can use it as a topping, dip, or sauce on pretty much anything that your creative cooking mind calls you to !

i n g r e d i e n t s

~ 3 cups greens (basil, cilantro, nettles, spring greens, dandelion)

~ 1 cup seeds

~ 1 cup olive oil

~ 1 squeezed lemon

~ 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

~ 2-3 cloves garlic

~ 1 tsp sea salt and pepper

s e e d  c y c l e  s u g g e s t i o n s

~day 1- ovulation  = pumpkin seeds

~ ovulation – last day of cycle = sunflower seeds

~ last week of cycle – 1st week of cycle = hemp seeds

r e c i p e

~ add all ingredients into a high powered bender. Blend on high for about 1 minute, scraping sides as needed.

~ if you use nettles, you’ll need to flash boil them for 1 minute.

~store in a tight container like a mason jar or saved/reused glass bottle or jar in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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