If you know me, then you know I’m all about food that tastes good AND makes you feel good too. For me, seed cycling is a powerful way to check both of those boxes, as you can incorporate this fertility-boosting and hormone-balancing practice into some seriously delicious recipes (like this Maple Cinnamon Granola Parfait).
Read below to learn how your fertility, menstrual cycle and hormones can benefit from this practice, how to do it, and snag the recipe for this insanely delicious Maple Cinnamon Granola + Strawberries N’ Cream Parfait.
BENEFITS OF SEED CYCLING — FERTILITY + MENSTRUAL HEALTH
Practicing seed cycling each month works to regulate your hormones and reduce inflammation in the body, leading to benefits such as:
+ Optimized Fertile Window + Increased Chances of Conceiving
+ Successful Egg Implantation + Healthy Pregnancy
+ Reduced PMS
+ Period Pain Relief
+ Regulated Menstrual Cycles
+ Decreased Hormonal Acne/Breakouts
+ Reduced Perimenopause Symptoms
+ Support Body in Healing PCOS, Endometriosis + Ovarian Cysts
HOW TO SEED CYCLE FOR FERTILITY
+ First Half of Menstrual Cycle (Menstruation, Follicular + Ovulation Phases, Days 1-14)
Consume 1 Tbsp each fresh ground flax and pumpkin seeds daily.
+ Second Half of Menstrual Cycle (Luteal Phase, Days 14 – 28)
Consume 1 Tbsp each fresh ground sesame and sunflower seeds daily.
Pro-Tip: Personally, the easiest way for me to practice seed-cycling is by using the seeds in delicious recipes like this granola. I’ll make a big batch with pumpkin/flax seeds once during my period to enjoy during the first half of my cycle, then another batch after ovulation with sunflower/sesame to eat the second half. When you incorporate seeds into a granola that tastes this good, you’ll have a hard time forgetting to do it :).
SEED CYCLING + FERTILITY BOOSTING RECIPES TO HELP YOU GET STARTED
Seed Cycling is an effective and easy way to help balance your hormones and support each phase of your cycle, which can lead to a reduction in uncomfortable or painful symptoms and an increase in fertility and menstrual health.
If you’re looking for more delicious seed cycling recipes + tips to help balance your hormones, boost your fertility and feel your best, check out my Fertility Boosting Fundamentals Guide.
OTHER FERTILITY-BOOSTING POSTS YOU MAY FIND HELPFUL
Preheat your oven to 325 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Add all nuts in a food processor and pulse several times to “chop” them into a crumbly texture (make sure not to over mix, as you want some larger chunks for the cluster texture).
Add in coconut flakes and pulse a couple more times until well mixed.
Transfer pulsed nuts + coconut to a large mixing bowl and stir in the rest of the dry ingredients (flax or sesame seeds, cinnamon + sea salt).
In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (coconut oil, maple syrup + vanilla) until smooth. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well until fully moistened.
Spread the mixture evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer. You want it to clump together to achieve those clusters.
Bake for 15 minutes at 325 F, then remove and gently stir to turn over (keep it very gentle to ensure clusters stay in tact).
Bake for another 10 minutes, until golden brown.
Remove pan oven and allow to let cool at room temp, it will crisp up as it does.
(Remember to use flax + pumpkinseed the first half of your cycle and swap for sesame + sunflower the last half of your cycle.)
Once cooled, assemble your parfaits in a glass jar, layering with the granola on the bottom (2-4 tbsp) then ½ cup sliced strawberries, followed by 1 serving coconut or greek yogurt, 2-4 tbsp granola, other ½ cup sliced strawberries + toppings of choice.