I love sharing healthy recipes on the BBC radio Gloucestershire. Here is the recipe for ‘life changing bread’.
Eating bread and cake may sound like a great way to help cope with weight loss and balancing hormones. I call it cake as it can be made sweet or savoury – but I guess it is more like a bread then a cake. This has been modified from the original HRT cake recipe inspired by menopause expert Abbie James. We run workshops together and this is always a winner at retreat days. It is not only beneficial for menopausal women. It is a great recipe for the entire family.
This cake is very special and is low glycaemic, low is sugar and packed with calcium and magnesium. It can be made grain free, dairy free, sugar free and vegan friendly.
A slice a day is fantastic for all areas of your health. You can also switch out any ingredients you don’t have. The version I made for Dom on the BBC radio had coconut flour instead of wholewheat and it works just as well.
It freezes well too.
Batch cook several loaves and freeze so you have it handy when you run out.
(makes 2 loaf tins)
- 2 ¼ cups wholewheat/buckwheat/rice or other flour
- 2 pieces stem ginger, chopped
- 2 cups raisins
- 1 ½ cups porridge oats
- Approx 1 litre soy/rice/almond/oat/hemp milk (1 carton)
- ¾ cup linseeds/flaxseeds (ground)
- 1 tablespoon malt extract (or honey)
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup sesame seeds
- ½ cup flaked almonds
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced
- Grease and line 2 small loaf tins
- Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
- Add milk and malt extract – mix well and leave to soak for 30 minutes. If the mixture becomes too stiff add a little more milk.
- Spoon into tins and level the mixture
- Bake for 30 -40 minutes until golden and cooked through
- Cool on wire Slice when cool – will keep for 5 days in fridge in a sealed bag. Freeze for 2 months
Eat a slice a day xx
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Focusing on your digestion and gut health is paramount to creating lasting health and hormonal balance. When your organs are functioning well, your menopause symptoms will be less. The liver and the digestive organs need to be in good shape to avoid inflammation, irritability and hot flushes.
Nowadays, the gastrointestinal tract is sadly neglected, impacting how we feel, how well we sleep and how good we feel about ourselves.
As a nutritionist, I’ve seen some of the symptoms experienced by sluggish digestion including; bloating, skin issues, tiredness, lack of enthusiasm, hot flushes, food cravings, bad wind, bad breath, headaches, constipation and IBS. Do you see any correlation between these symptoms and your menopause symptoms?
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Here is a list of easy to follow ways that will improve your digestion. Implementing just some of these will help you reap the rewards with better health, increased vitality and a smoother menopause.
21 ways to improve your gut health and reduce your menopause symptoms:
- 1-2 cups of greens (kale, broccoli, baby spinach, etc.), chopped
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp gluten-free tamari
- 4 sliced mushrooms
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 tsp raw coconut oil
- 1-3 eggs
- Spices to your taste: salt, pepper, cayenne, curry, and rosemary
- ½ avocado
- ¼ cup Sauerkraut – you can find this recipe on the blog
- ½ small tomato, thinly sliced