DID YOU KNOW? Sesame seeds are beneficial for female hormones – at any age.
Sesame seeds contain phytoestrogens, plant compounds that are similar to the hormone estrogen.
Therefore, sesame seeds might be beneficial for women during menopause when estrogen levels drop. Phytoestrogens may help counteract hot flashes and other symptoms of low estrogen.
What’s more, sesame seeds are a rich source of lignan precursors. These specific compounds are produced by the microflora in the colon and have been shown to have powerful cancer-fighting effects on several specific types of cancer.
A 2012 study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that dietary lignans may act as a natural cancer treatment to reduce breast cancer risk by modifying tumor characteristics. In the study, lignan intakes were associated with a lower risk of estrogen receptor negative breast cancer. The study found that women with the highest intake of lignans compared to the lowest intake had a 40 percent to 50 percent lower chance of developing breast cancer.
If you’re looking for an easy way to add more sesame seeds into your diet, try my Lemon Sesame Protein Balls.
These protein balls are great for a healthy mid-day snack or quick pre/post workout fuel.
Make a batch and store them in the fridge or freezer, so you’ll always have a healthy snack ready to pop or take with you when you’re running out the door.
1. Add sesame seed butter, protein powder, lemon oil or extract and sea salt into the food processor and combine ingredients. Use a spatula to scrape sides if needed. Mixture should be dense and smooth so it can be pressed together. If it’s too wet, add more protein powder. If it’s too dry, add more sesame seed butter (1 tsp at a time).
2. Using a teaspoon, scoop mixture and form into small balls. If balls are too sticky to form, place mixture into the freezer for 10-minutes then remove and form balls.
3. Roll balls into sesame seeds then place them in large shallow tupperware so they are not touching one another.
5. Store protein balls in the fridge – or freezer for a frozen treat. Once the balls have firmed up, feel free to stack them in a smaller container.
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I’m officially obsessed with my morning Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s to the point where I wonder how I survived all the other seasons without it!
I like to make my lattes rich and creamy by using canned coconut milk which has a higher fat content.
You can also add collagen powder if you’d like. It’s a simple way to boost this warm and comforting beverage with nutrients that support your bones, joints, skin, nails and gut! It also makes this latte super satisfying, so it tames a hungry belly in a healthy way.
Have you ever considered adding more collagen to your diet to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, support your bones & joints or improve your gut health?
The best dietary sources of collagen are from inedible parts of animals, like bones and cartilage. The majority of Western diets aren’t rich in collagen since these animal parts tend to be discarded in food preparation and cooking.
Since animal food sources of collagen are less used, supplementation is an easy and accessible option to boost your intake.
The collagen found in most supplements is hydrolyzed, or separated, into amino acids making it more bioavailable (meaning its ability to be absorbed through the intestine and utilized in the body).
Studies have found that collagen in food has less bioavailability, compared to hydrolyzed collagen which is why collagen supplementation is very popular these days.
Whole Body Collagen is my go-to collagen powder. I add it to smoothies and hot drinks like my Mocha Collagen Latte below. It’s an easy way to support my body with nutrients that I may not be getting through my diet.