If you are pre-, peri- or full on menopausal, you have the means to help regulate your hormones in the palm of your hand. Seeds! Yet another one of nature's little gifts, seeds have phytoestrogens and can mimic hormone production in our bodies.
Keep nuts and seeds in the fridge to keep their natural oils from going rancid. I keep mine in fun glass Ball jars for easy access and a daily reminder to enhance my day with a delightful nutty crunch.
Did you know that quinoa is actually a seed, not a grain? Here's a simple quinoa recipe I make weekly.
1 1/2 cups dried quinoa
1-2 T Ume plum vinegar
1 handful fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1/2 c toasted almonds, chopped
1/3 c currants
Rinse quinoa well, and put into pot with 3 cups of water. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until water is just absorbed. When done, pour quinoa into bowl. Add Ume plum vinegar in increments, and taste to be sure it isn't too salty. (Note: You can find Ume vinegar either with other vinegars or in the Asian foods aisle of grocery stores.) Add other ingredients and stir well.