Down the street is our neighborhood’s giving tree.
In the fall, her leaves turn golden. In the winter,
she’s our gathering place. By spring, she smells of flowers.
And every single summer, she bears loads of sweet and tart cherries.
This year was no exception. We lucked out with a “bumper crop”.
Her branches were literally loaded with beautiful, red cherries.
If you’ve been a fan of my work, then you know that maintaining even blood sugar levels
throughout the day is vital to hormonal freedom. Often I encourage clients to cut down
on sweets and even limit their fruits to one piece a day.
Yes, we’ve been told to “eat your fruits and vegetables”, but I’d like to switch that moniker on it’s heels. I think it should read a bit more like this:
“Eat your veggies and savor your fruits.”
Fruits do contain vitamins, minerals and fiber that slow the absorption of sugar,
but in the end, fructose is fructose. Too much fructose in any one setting can throw
your pancreas into a tailspin and kick your adrenals into overdrive.
High levels of cortisol caused by stress (from blood sugar swings or life circumstances)
decreases thyroid function and TSH production.
So, what’s a mom to do when her kids are whooping and hollering
about cherries in the heat of the summer sun?
I say, “Pick’ em and have yourself some fun.”
I made this Special Cherry Oatcake a hormonal winner by switching things up
with these four steps to minimize a blood sugar conundrum.
1. Soak grains in yogurt.
Soaking grains helps to breakdown any anti-nutrients and hard-to-digest parts of the grain.
Soaking may seem time consuming at first glance, but it’s really more about thinking ahead.
And soaking grains has another hormonal benefit. Often, low thyroid equals poor digestion.
When grains are easier to digest, there’s a lot less drag on your thyroid.
2. 50-50 steel cut oats and rolled oats.
Steel cut oats are less processed than rolled oats, and both are less processed than quick oats.
With more of it’s natural juju intact, steel cut oats won’t sway blood sugar like the others.
You can up your hormonal mastery here and play with the percentage of steel cut vs. rolled oats in this recipe.
I ended up going 50/50 but I bet 75/25 (favoring steel cut oats) would work well too.
3. It’s got protein.
4 eggs and ½ cup of nuts are added to up the protein and slow down the glycemic response
of the fruit and the tiny bit of honey.
Balanced hormones start with balanced blood sugar levels. It’s not that we can’t enjoy sweetness in our life,
but those sweet flavors are best when tempered with proper ratios of fat and protein.
4. It's made in a pan.
Maybe the best part of this special Cherry Oatcake is that it’s made in a pan.
If you’re in a hormonal slump, then you know that you don’t have a whole lot of energy
to waste nor time to spare. There’s nothing like having something on hand that you can serve to
your kids or enjoy for yourself that hits the spot without throwing you into a blood sugar tizzy.
So without further adieu, here she is, my special Cherry Oatcake recipe.
Check it out and tell me what you think of my sweet-and-sour snack in the comment section.
As always, I love hearing from you.