One of the best ways to lower inflammation in your body is by going gluten free. But here’s the good news, giving up gluten doesn’t have to mean giving up one of our favourite comfort foods; toast.
Toast really can be a nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilising, hormone loving start to the day.
Here’s how to make a nourishing gluten free loaf, full of hormone loving goodness, including:
Abundant in the nuts, seeds, avocado and coconut oil, healthy fats are the precursors of the entire hormone cascade; essential for the production of both stress and sex hormones. Omega-3 fatty acids found in flax and chia seeds are also anti-inflammatory, hormone balancing nutrients.
Getting enough fibre in your diet promotes a healthy poop regime, which aids detoxification. This is important for all of us, but if you’re dealing with higher oestrogen levels fibre is one of your new BFFs.
This recipe has fibre coming from all directions.
Zinc is basically an OG nutrient and one that you want to make sure you’re not deficient in (although as a wicked twist of fate most of us are). It’s required for over 200 enzyme (chemical) reactions in the body. In terms of hormones, it nourishes the ovaries and supports healthy ovulation for a good supply of progesterone and oestrogen.
Both pumpkin seeds and almonds are rich in zinc.
At Eve, most of us are basically obsessed with our BePure Magnesium Restore. Our sleep has never been better. But that’s not all magnesium is good for. It also has a nice friendship with cortisol, one of our stress hormones, and helps to regulate it. Magnesium also aids in the production of progesterone, oestrogen and testosterone, so it’s kind of a big deal when it comes to hormones.
The avocado, almonds, flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds are food sources of magnesium in this recipe.
Phytoestrogens are natural molecules that mimic oestrogen in the body, helping to promote healthy oestrogen levels (specifically, a form of oestrogen called estradiol, that you’ll see in your Eve report). This means that phytoestrogens can support levelling out higher oestrogen levels, or may help build up lower oestrogen levels. They also encourage healthy oestrogen metabolism (detailed in your Eve report) and liver detoxification.
Almonds, flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds are all phytoestrogenic foods.
1 1/2 cups of water
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup flax seeds
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup nut of choice
1 1/2 cups rolled oats (if you're sensitive to rolled oats, try brown rice flakes or buckwheat flakes)
4 Tbsp psyllium seed ground
1 Tsp himalayan salt
1 Tbsp honey or sweetener of choice
3 Tbsp melted coconut oil
- Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Whisk maple syrup, coconut oil and water together. Mix in with dry ingredients until well-combined and doughy.
- Pour into loaf tin lined with baking paper, smooth out the top, and leave to sit for at least two hours.
- Heat oven to 175ºC and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove loaf from tin, flip upside down and bake for another 30-40 minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing.
Top with mashed avocado, salt, pepper and pumpkin seeds. Or for a sweet option, we love nut butter and fresh berries.
This recipe has been created by Sarah Vickers, one of the BePure Holistic Health Consultants.