We love to think of food as medicine here at the clinic. Seeds can be be a great way of both increasing fibre intake and regulating hormones. Seeds are abundant in lignans which can assist the body to stabilise hormones. Flaxseed and sesame seeds contain the highest amounts and can help block excess oestrogen being absorbed in those women who are oestrogen dominant. Pumpkin seeds can also be added to this recipe if you have some in the cupboard as they are rich in zinc and can support the release of progesterone.
This recipe is from our acupuncturist, Louise. Easy, delicious and makes for the perfect snack.
5 Tsp Sunflower seeds
5 Tsp Black sesame seeds
5 Tsp Chai seeds
5 Tsp Flax seeds
120g Buckwheat or Whole flour
1 tsp Sea salt
60 ml Olive Oil
- Heat oven 180 deg fan forced, 200 regular.
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Tip mixture onto a large baking tray lined with parchment paper.
- Flatten using the back of a spoon (I put more paper on top and roll out).
- Bake for 25 mins. Allow to go completely cold then break up into portions (these will store in an airtight container for a few weeks).
- If they go soft put in a moderately hot oven for 10 mins to crisp up.
From the ‘Happy Hormone Cookbook’
Emma Ellice-Flint, Jill Keyte.