A delicious seed cycling energy balls recipe
The seeds for this chocolate seed cycling recipe are chosen depending on where you are in your cycle. It is best to use freshly ground seeds, but in my experience time poor people struggle with this and often stop using the seeds altogether. I think it’s better to have these seed cycling truffles ready made for a couple of weeks than not to use them at all.
Which seeds are used for seed cycling?
Add flaxseed and pumpkin seed during the follicular phase which is on days 1-14
Add sunflower and sesame seeds during the luteal phase which is on days 15-28
Easy & nutritious energy balls recipe
This easy recipe is a delicious snack that can be made in advance. If you are short on time in the morning it makes a great portable snack or mini desert you can enjoy one with your morning coffee or afternoon tea, instead of a biscuit.
Nutrition tips for healthy snacking
An excess of high fat or sugary snacks can lead to weight gain. If you need to eat a snack between meals try to keep it to between 200-250 calories per portion. Aim to include fibre and a small amount of protein to keep you feeling full.
These nutritious seed cycling energy balls are healthy but they taste like a treat and help to support hormone balance too. The raw cacao powder gives these energy balls a delicious chocolate flavour as well as adding protein and phytonutrients.
These truffles can be stored in the fridge for 14 days or frozen for longer.
Seed Cycling Energy Balls Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon, I like to put some cinnamon in these truffles, it complements the chocolate flavour well. This warming spice is also high in nutrients and antioxidants which are good for blood sugar support.
There are different types of cinnamon. I recommend Ceylon cinnamon. It is normally much better quality than cassia.
Cassia powder is stronger flavoured and the most common type of cinnamon, it is also the most studied of the two types. Cassia has been found to contain high levels of coumarin, which is harmful in large quantities.
However, both types have been found to support blood sugar. It is optional though so just leave it out if you are not a fan of cinnamon.
Raw cacao is unprocessed cocoa powder. It has more nutritional benefits than regular cocoa powder, which is processed. Raw cacao is naturally higher in antioxidant compounds, flavonoids and magnesium which also supports healthy hormone balance.
Ground seeds are extremely nutritious and they are also great sources of fibre. They contain healthy fats that support hormone production. They are high in the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants our body needs to balance hormones.
Flaxseeds are a source of omega 3 fats, vitamins, and minerals. They are high in lignans which help support sex hormones. Evidence has shown they may help to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.
Pumpkin seeds are a good source of vitamins, minerals, omega 6 ,and monounsaturated fats. They may help to improve heart health.
Sesame seeds are high in vitamins, minerals, and lignans which support sex hormone production and balance. They may also reduce oxidative stress and reduce inflammation.
Sunflower seeds are high in vitamins, minerals, omega 6 fats, and monounsaturated fats which may help to reduce cholesterol levels and also inflammation.
There are many aspects to hormone health, with no single quick fixes. Hormones are a complex issue, especially on the run up to menopause.
The right diet and lifestyle can really make a difference to how you feel. If you are having problems with your cycle and imbalanced hormones it is important to work with a Nutritional Therapist.
A registered nutrition practitioner can carry out functional tests and asses your diet and lifestyle, offering you support while you build new healthy habits.
Read my post on seed cycling to support hormone balance
Seed Cycling Energy Balls
- Food processor
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds choose seeds depending on cycle (see above)
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds or flaxseeds choose seeds depending on cycle
- 1/3 cup raw cacao powder can substitute regular cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup nut butter almond, peanut, cashew etc.
- 7 medjool dates pitted
- 1 tsp cinnamon optional
- 1 small pinch salt small pinch to taste
- Add your choice of seeds to the processor, blend until fine crumbs
- Add dates, and nut butter blend until combined
- Add cacao powder, salt and cinnamon, combine until dry dough forms
- Add a small amount of water eg. 1-2 tbsp if necessary until the mixture forms a dry dough
- Remove the dough into a bowl and scoop out a rounded tablespoon and roll into balls
- You can also roll the balls into some extra cacao powder or desiccated coconut for decoration
- Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy 1 per day!