As you may have already noticed I talk a lot about balancing hormones. Through my own journey with rebalancing my own hormones I have learned a lot about what works and doesn't work for hormone happiness.
This is a good alternative to curb that sweet tooth without adding that hormone disruptor called "white refined sugar"!
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Rolled Oats Benefits- high in fiber & protein. Helps to stabilize blood sugar which helps balance hormones. Contains "lignans" which protect against heart disease & like flax mimics the effects of natural estrogen on the body.
Coconut Benefits- we all know how beneficial coconut everything is for us! Contains protein, fiber, iron, zinc which are good for digestion, lowers risk of heart disease, diabetes, supports immune system plus, your skin plus so much more.
Organic Peanut Butter- always choose organic peanut butter over conventional PB. Conventional PB is filled with refined sugars, salts and covered in pesticides which all disrupt hormones. Organic PB contains heart healthy saturated fats which helps lower bad LDL cholesterol. It also contains easily digestible plant-based protein. Good fats help lower risk of heart disease and diabetes. One serving contains your recommended daily dosage of Vitamin E which acts as an antioxidant fighting cell damaging free radicals in your body.
Flax seeds- contains compounds known as "lignans" that mimic the effects of natural estrogen on the body. Flax is high in essential fatty acids. Taking ground flax & pumpkin seeds during days 1-14 (called seed cycling) during a women's cycle will help to rebalance estrogen levels (I will be blogging about seed cycling soon). It is also known to relieve painful menstrual periods by way of balancing hormones.
Raw Honey/ Maple syrup- raw honey is a good source of antioxidants, contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, filled with phytonutrients, helps digestive issues and heal a sore throat. Maple syrup is a natural sweetener from a plats sap that is high in antioxidants that can help prevent or delay diseases caused by free radicals such as cancer & diabetes.
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder- reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, low in calories, and contains essential minerals that support your heart, bones & immune system.
Chia Seeds- who doesn't know about chia seeds these days! Like flax seeds, chia seeds are high in omega 3 fatty acids and is high in protein! Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants, contain fiber and may help lower the risk of heart disease & type 2 diabetes.
Vanilla Extract-natural vanilla extract contain numerous antioxidants which protect your body from free radicals. Vanilla extract is great for baking for a warm rich flavor.
As anything else, everything in moderation, even the good stuff!
1 cup (dry) oatmeal ( gluten free)
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup organic peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/3 cup raw honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup unsweetened organic cocoa powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1) Stir all ingredients in a medium bowl until mixed thoroughly. Cover and chill in
fridge for a half hour ( this will make it easier to form the balls).
2) Once chilled, roll into balls of what size you like ( I make mine approx. 1 inch in diameter). Store in airtight container & keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
3) Makes about 20-25 balls.
Note: If mixture seems dry, add in an extra tablespoon of honey or peanut butter. If the mix seems too wet add in extra oatmeal.