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This is the seed cycling smoothie of my berry loving dreams!
The key to great smoothies in my personal opinion is to keep them simple. Too many ingredients and extras makes for a muddy looking and bland tasting result.
This combination of blackberries & blueberries, however, is right on. It gives a potently glorious color – yay antioxidants! – and a lovely sweet-yet-tart flavor that doesn’t really need any titivating.
You can add a smidge of sweetener if you like, but I find the gentle hint of sourness from the blackberries is such a fun treat for the tastebuds that I don’t want to add anything extra. Up to you!
These are great for the follicular phase of your cycle, days 1 – 14 if you’re counting. But the seeds also help add a natural boost of fat that helps make a creamier texture without adding much of a flavor to derail all the berry goodness.
Lastly, I like to keep my smoothies about half fruit & half veggies. This helps me keep things varied and to help keep my blood sugar stable.
Here I’ve added raw yellow squash, which sounds weird but totally works. It’s got such a mild flavor in itself that you absolutely can’t tell it’s in there. Yay, sneaky vegetables.
For the luteal second phase of your cycle, days 15 – 28, swap out the flax and pumpkin seeds for 1 tablespoon each of sunflower & sesame seeds.
Looking for more seed cycling stuff?
- Fudgy Chocolate Cherry Seed Cycling Balls (follicular phase)
- Strawberry Sunflower Seed Cycling Smoothie (luteal phase)
Blackberry Blueberry Seed Cycling Smoothie
Make seed cycling a snap with this simple berry-packed seed cycling smoothie. It’s creamy, fruity, dairy free & has a truly hidden vegetable boost, too!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
- Category: beverage, smoothie
- Method: blender
- 1/4 cup / 60 ml water
- 1 1/2 tbsp / 9 g raw ground flax seed, see notes
- 1 tbsp / 12g raw unsalted pumpkin seeds, I really like these
- 1/2 cup / 85 g blueberries
- 1/2 cup / 85 g blackberries
- 1 cup diced / 130 g yellow summer squash or zucchini
- 1 – 2 scoops collagen peptides, optional, I like this brand
- 1 tsp / 5 ml maple syrup, optional
- 1/16 tsp / drop of vanilla extract, I love this one
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup / 120 ml of ice
HYDRATE: Add the water to the pitcher of a high speed blender and sprinkle the ground flax seed over the top. Let sit for five (or up to fifteen) minutes or so while you gather ingredients so that the flax hydrates, absorbs some of the water & sinks to the bottom. This step helps the flax blend in better for a smoother smoothie, especially if you don’t have a high speed blender or your flax is coarsely ground.
BLEND: Add all the remaining ingredients to the pitcher and blend until smooth.
I like to grind my own flax seed – I like this golden flax – fresh and then keep it in the fridge since it goes rancid fast. For the best, least clumpy result, grind it as finely as you can in a coffee or seed grinder without turning it into butter. Watch as you go and stop grinding at the point where the ground flax starts to bunch up around the sides of the container. You can also buy ground flax seed like this if you want to skip the extra work or don’t use the seeds for anything else.
For the luteal phase of your cycle, days 15 – 28, swap out the flax and pumpkin seeds for 1 tbsp each of sunflower & sesame seeds. Or check out this Strawberry Sunflower Seed Cycling Smoothie!