Seed Cycling Balls

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What is Seed Cycling?

Seed cycling is a natural way to balance hormones. It is a daily ritual of incorporating seeds into your diet. The type of seeds consumed depend on where one is in her cycle. During the Follicular Phase (Day 1-14 of your cycle, with day 1 beginning on the first day of your period), it is recommended to take 2 tablespoons of a combination of flax seeds, hemp seeds and/or chia seeds each day. During the Luteal Phase (Day 15-28), it is recommended to take 2 tablespoons of a combination of pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and/or sunflower seeds each day. I like to freshly grind my seeds and sprinkle them in smoothies or on top of yogurt and fruit. You can also ,make delicious Seed Cycling Balls in advance so you don’t even have to think about it (see below for recipe).

Why Seed Cycle?

Seed cycling can help regulate hormones and support the body’s natural rhythm and phases. The omega-3 fatty acids in flax seeds promote healthy progesterone production in the follicular phase which is necessary during and leading up to ovulation. Selenium, which is found in high concentrations in sunflower seeds, acts as an antioxidant, stress-reducer. and optimizes liver function. During the luteal phase, whether you are trying to conceive or anticipating your period, relieving stress and anxiety works beneficially for all involved. As an additional bonus, seed cycling helps you keep track of your cycle and “connect more deeply with your own rhythm and femininity” according to Dr. Emily Wiggins from whom I adopted this recipe for Seed Cycling Balls.

Seed Cycling Balls

Feel free to substitute another milk alternative and/or leave out the cacao nibs or coconut shreds

Follicular Phase (Day 1-14)

1/2 cup coconut shreds
1/2 c. Coconut oil, melted 1/4 cup coconut butter

1/2 cup hemp seeds
3/4 cup ground flaxseed 1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup slivered almonds 2 tbsp cacao nibs
1 tsp cinnamon
3 medjool dates (pitted) 1/3 c. hemp milk

Luteal Phase (Day 15-28)

1/2 cup coconut shreds
1/2 c. Coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup coconut butter 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 3/4 cup pepitas
1/2 cup cashews

1/2 cup slivered almonds 2 tbsp cacao nibs
1 tsp cinnamon
3 medjool dates (pitted)

1/3 c. hemp milk

  • Add all ingredients except for cacao nibs to food processor. Process until a dough forms. Add cacao nibs and pulse a few times until incorporated.

  • Divide and roll into 14 balls then lay flat on a cookie sheet and put in the freezer for one hour. Then place frozen balls in a freezer bag or airtight container. Store in freezer.

  • To serve: Remove from freezer and let thaw 10 minutes before eating.






Annalisa Barrett