This Seed Cycling Granola will support your during your menstrual cycle. It will provide you with essential nutrients such as fatty acids and endocrine adaptogens to help you feel your best.
MACA – Endocrine Adaptogens Supporting Women’s Health.
Adaptogens are known to help our body adapts to physical and physiological stress as well as to increase our resistance to it.
One of my favourite adaptogens is Maca, not only do I like to use it for the subtle caramel flavour it brings to this Seed Cycling Granola, but also for all the benefits it contains.
Maca is a Peruvian plant that has been cultivated for thousands of years. One tablespoon contains more than 20 amino acids, helping your body tissue to repair among many other benefits.
Maca is known to increase energy without the negative side effect that caffeine can have. Maca is also a great source of minerals including potassium and calcium, as well as some B vitamins – Source.
When it comes to women’s health, Maca is able to support our endocrine system by providing the nutrients needed for hormone production.
SEED CYCLING – natural remedies to support you during your menstrual cycle
In addition to Maca, I have added some flaxseeds and pumpkins seeds to the mix.
Consuming flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds during the first half of the menstrual cycle (starting on the 1st day of the period until about ovulation – day 1 to day 14) could help in regulating some hormonal imbalances, relieve PMS symptoms, increase fertility, among other benefits.
It’s important to have them raw (not toasted or with added salt). Add 1 tbsp. of each in your porridge, smoothies, onto salads or in your granola such as in this Seed Cycling Granola. You can have them on their own too :).
This is by no mean a cure and it may help some women more than others. However, the good news is that it is completely natural!
Bottom Line: there is no harm in trying!
If you are in the 2nd phase of your cycle (starting after ovulation), swap the flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds for ground sunflower seeds and sesame seeds (1tbsp. each daily).
GLUTEN-FREE GRANOLA – VIDEO
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- 200 gr oats
- 100 gr buckwheat
- 2 tbsp. ground flaxseeds
- 2 tbsp. pumpkin seeds
- 100 gr nuts of choice
- 1 tbsp. maca powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3 tbsp. almond butter (or peanut butter)
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
- 100 gr maple syrup + 2 tbsp. coconut sugar
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- Zest of 1 orange
- Preheat your oven to 180°C. Line a tray with baking parchment.
- In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients starting in the order shown above.
- Spread the granola evenly into a tray. If like me you like to have big chunks of granola, use a spoon and press the granola so it doesn't crumble.
- Bake into the oven for 15 minutes until golden.
- Open the oven once to stir the crumble a little so it bakes evenly.
- Once baked, let the granola cool for a few minutes before breaking it into large pieces. If you prefer your granola to be crumbly and don't like big chunks like I do, use a fork and stir it into the granola right away.
- Will keep up to 15 days in an airtight container or a glass jar.
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