Have an imperfect cycle that needs some love? Seed cycling can be a great addition to your self-care plan!
If you are like me, I needed it to fit into my ketogenic lifestyle. My keto eating serves my PCOS remission goals, and I need any other wellness strategy to support my ketosis as well as my hormones balancing.
I cooked up this keto seed cycling snack recipe to hit all the criteria — seeds to support estrogen and progesterone at the right times, high fat and low carb ingredients, with sea salt, almond butter and chocolate of course!
With PCOS, my cycles can be subpar for a number of reasons: too long, too scanty or crazy painful. Seed cycling snacks help by supporting the detoxing of excessive (bad) estrogen while helping good estrogen, and boosting progesterone at the right times.
A healthy period requires a delicate ratio of good estrogen and progesterone. As a PCOS gal, I know I have estrogen dominance (too much bad estrogen compared to my progesterone levels) and too low progesterone overall which leaves my period unpredictable in length.
A year ago, my cycles were 90 days apart on average and I had no idea when a period would come, if my PMS or bleeding days would be terrible, if I ovulated at all, or even where to start with correcting everything!
Using a ketogenic diet, I lost 35 pounds and got my cycles SO much closer together! This month, using my keto lifestyle, a supplement called Ovasitol (inositol), and seed cycling snacks my period came at day 26! Flow has been great and only minor cramping. I’m looking forward to using this very recipe for months to come to continue to detox out toxic estrogen and boost progesterone month over month.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SNACK
NET CARB: 6g
- 14 tbsp flax meal (7 oz)
- 14 tbsp pumpkin seeds (7 oz)
- 14 tbsp sesame seeds (7 oz)
- 14 tbsp of sunflower seeds (7 oz)
- ⅔ cup coconut oil
- 1⅓ cup almond butter
- 6 tbsp Primal Kitchen Vanilla Collagen Fuel
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- One bag of Lily’s Dark chocolate chips (9 oz bag)
- This recipe will make 28 energy balls, 14 for the first half of your cycle with pumpkin and flax seed, and 14 for the second half of your cycle with sesame and sunflower seeds. The remaining ingredients are split evenly for each set.
- In a food processor, grind pumpkin and flax seed (or flax meal) until smooth. Add ⅓ coconut oil, ⅔ cups almond butter, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp vanilla, and 3 tbsp protein collagen power and process until well mixed. Add half the bag of chocolate chips and pulse a few times until chocolate is evenly dispersed in your energy ball mix. Remove your mix from the processor, place in a container and place in the fridge for one hour to solidify. (This is your follicular phase recipe.)
- Repeat the above steps with the sunflower and sesame seeds.
- In a food processor, grind sesame and sunflower seeds until smooth. Add ⅓ coconut oil, ⅔ cups almond butter, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp vanilla and 3 tbsp protein collagen power and process until well mixed. Add half the bag of chocolate chips and pulse a few times until chocolate is evenly dispersed in your energy ball mix. Remove your mix from the processor, place in a container and place in the fridge for one hour to solidify. (This is your luteal phase recipe.)
- Remove each bowl from the fridge and use your hands or a spoon to create 14 balls from each batch, so you have 28 total. Place in separate storage containers and label for each phase so you don't lose track!
- Your follicular phase snacks include flax and pumpkin - eat one per day on days 1-13.
- Your luteal phase snacks include sunflower and sesame - eat one per day on days 14-28.
How does Seed Cycling work?
from Lee From America:
“Days 1-13 are your menstrual and follicular phases. Day 1 of your cycle is considered the first day of your menstrual cycle, when you start bleeding. Flax and pumpkin seeds may boost estrogen which helps support these phases.
Days 14-28 are your ovulation and luteal phases, which is when your body is looking for a progesterone boost. Sesame and sunflower seeds are great for this.
The whole theory behind seed cycling is that consuming certain seeds at certain times of your menstrual cycle can benefit the body. These seeds carry certain vitamins, oils, and nutrients that can apparently help the body’s production, release, and metabolism of hormones. (Source)
This is not to say that seed cycling will heal all of your hormonal issues, but it may help support your journey to happier and more balanced hormones. If there’s a possibility that a seed could support the bod, lessen PMS symptoms, balance hormones, and increase fertility, why not give it a shot?”
Kelly, should I store these in the fridge or freezer?
I’m careful with nuts and seeds since they have delicate chemistry. I actually like my snack bites out of the freezer so I store them in separate phase 1 and phase 2 containers and eat them frozen!
Kelly, I’m fasting, when should I eat my snack?
This snack certainly would break a fast so feel free to enjoy at the start or at the end of your eating window. If I’m doing a longer fast, I love to slowly break fast by nibbling something small while I’m cooking my large meal (if I’m #OMADing) or your seed cycling snack would be a lovely dessert towards the end of your eating window.
Kelly, I’m not sure when my cycle is supposed to start, what do I do?
If you have a totally no-show cycle, most folks recommend you go by the moon cycle. I highly suggest you try a low carb nutrition plan like keto to get those cycles back.
Kelly, I’m SUPER low carb, how can I reduce the net carb of this recipe?
Got it! To lower the net carb of this recipe, take out the chocolate chips and reduce the almond butter by half and double the coconut oil. More fat, less carbs!
That would change the macros to:
NET CARB: 2g
Kelly, I can’t find X ingredient, what should I do?
You are free to alter this recipe however you need, you can rebuild this recipe’s macros yourself using your carb tracker app if you have one or at Very Well Fit.
If you have an allergy, sensitivity or just don’t like a certain flavor, switch up the low carb ingredient with something else!