No-bake Chewy Chocolate Slice (to boost progesterone!)

 
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Cheers to yet another post about hormones! This time it involves chocolate ;)

I have recently filmed a video on PMS and why it’s not normal (watch on youtube here). I also talk about the brith control pill and why we need to start taking these everyday symptoms seriously before they progress. Over 80% of women experience PMS every month, with many believing it’s normal and ‘just a part of life’. BUT It’s 100% possible to get your period without any PMS (shocking, I know) - watch my video to learn why.

With this fire in my belly, I’ve created a recipe that supports one of the most common hormone imbalances responsible for PMS - low progesterone.

Progesterone is one of the main female reproductive hormones along with estrogen. The benefits of progesterone exceed far beyond fertility and periods though. It is also greatly utilised in the brain as an anti-inflammatory and could be considered a natural valium helping us feel chill, calm, positive and relaxed.

Progesterone helps balance out the effects of estrogen which many woman have too much of (known as estrogen dominance). Achieving optimal levels of progesterone is one of the best ways to protect your body from female reproductive cancers by modulating cell division.


Signs of a progesterone/estrogen imbalance:

  • PMS

  • heavy or irregular periods

  • Headaches

  • Breast tenderness

  • depression/anxiety

  • Weight gain

  • Food cravings

  • Changes in appetite

  • Unexplained fatigue

  • Bloating and other digestive complaints


This recipe is low in sugar, contains a high amount of protein, good fats and specific nutrients known to boost progesterone (eg. magnesium, zinc, vitamin E and l-arginine). These would be a great snack leading up to your period when progesterone should naturally be at it’s peak.


No-bake Chewy Chocolate Slice (to boost progesterone!)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs cacao

  • 1/4 cup grass fed collagen (optional, but great for hormone balance)

  • 3 Tbs coconut oil

  • 2 Tbs organic peanut butter

  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds

  • 1/3 cup pepitas

  • 2 Tbs rice malt syrup (use maple syrup if you’d like it sweeter)

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a high speed food processor or thermomix and blitz together until the mixture becomes sticky when you press it between your fingers. If it’s still crumbly, add extra coconut oil or peanut butter, 1/2 Tbs at a time.

  2. Line a small baking dish or container with baking paper and press the mixture down firm into the container evenly.

  3. Place in the freezer until set. Once set, slice into squares and store back in the freezer. 


Enjoy!


Becky Jane x