I’m Sarah, a Naturopathic Doctor, wellness enthusiast and health-foodie. I’m a well-being advocate and green kitchen guru who is living my true purpose while guiding patients through their personal health journeys. I’m also a complete and utter health food fanatic who wants to see everyone benefit from eating healing foods!
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If you’ve been following along for a while now you likely already know that I’m seriously into seed cycling. I’m obsessed with using food as medicine, and love prescribing estrogen-balancing functional foods like flax seeds and pumpkin seeds to help my female patients optimize their hormone levels. So far this year I’ve helped 2 women get pregnant with this food-based hormone balancing strategy – seeds did the trick after IUI + IVF didn’t! You guys, this is powerful stuff.
Flax seeds and pumpkin seeds found in this banana flax blender muffin recipe support healthy estrogen production in the first half of your cycle because they contain high levels of lignans – plant polyphenols that help to modulate estrogen levels. They also contain a good dose of omega 3 fatty acids (flax) and magnesium (pumpkin) to help your body produce healthy hormones. If you’re new to the site, I suggest you go back to this article, which explains the process in more detail and goes through a bit of the research.
Lately I’ve been getting a little bored of throwing my follicular phase (aka weeks 1 – 2 of the monthly female hormone cycle) seeds into smoothies or salads. A girl can only take so much flax seed, am I right? This muffin recipe is a delicious way to get those follicular-supportive seeds in when you’re totally sick of eating flax and pumpkin seeds. It’s also incredibly easy, and requires very little time or energy since the whole mixing process takes place in a blender – no extra bowls or complicated kitchen tools required. Wishing you all happy hormones from This Doctor’s Kitchen – I hope your enjoy this healthy, hormone-boosting breakfast as much as I do.
Preheat the over to 350F. Add the flax seeds and rolled oats to a high-powdered blender (we’re a vitamix household!) and blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until oats and flax seeds are broken down and resemble the texture of coarse flour. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the coconut, chocolate chips + pumpkin seeds, and blend for 2 minutes until batter is smooth and well-mixed. Stir in the pumpkin, coconut and chocolate chips and scoop 2 heaping table spoons into each well of a greased or lined muffin tin. Bake for 25 minutes – these muffins keep covered on the counter for around 3 days, and are good for another 4 days in the fridge.