Make your own super healthy paleo flax broccoli flatbread with just a few nutrient-dense ingredients. It's the perfect sandwich alternative.
While I wholeheartedly appreciate all the varieties of gluten-free and paleo breads that are on the market today, unfortunately, the majority don't agree with me. Too many starches can wreak havoc on sensitive digestive systems and the additional additives can cause more harm than good. Certain ingredients that are ideal for some, can be detrimental to others. That's life of course, but I haven't lost all hope. There are ways you can enjoy a sandwich or avocado and egg toast with a few alternatives.
And if you're a nutrient junkie like me, then you're in luck, as this flatbread contains some pretty impressive and nutrient-dense foods, such as broccoli, almond flour, ground flax, nutritional yeast, eggs, and sunflower seeds.
This brings me to the reason I wanted to make this recipe in the first place. I've recently been diagnosed with estrogen dominance (if you suspect you may be struggling with estrogen dominance, it would be a good idea to have a hormone test done) and some of the best things to eat for estrogen dominance are cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli sprouts, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and flax seeds, among other foods. Hence the reason why I wanted to pack so many of them into this flatbread.
What Is Estrogen Dominance?
In a nutshell, estrogen dominance is exactly what it sounds like, the ratio of estrogen to progesterone is not in balance with estrogen being much higher. When excess estrogen circulates in the body it can lead to abnormal, painful, and heavy periods, PMS, headaches, decreased sex drive, anxiety, depression, constipation, mood swings, breast tenderness, hormonal weight gain, and more.
What Are The Best Foods For Estrogen Dominance?
Diet as well as proper elimination play a huge role in correcting estrogen dominance without jumping to medication. While I don't have a problem with medication, I think taking an approach that lets the body naturally heal itself, is the best way. The reason why these foods in particular are helpful is that they contain diindolylmethane or DIM, which produce enzymes that help the liver properly metabolize estrogen, as well as phytoestrogens, which actually bind to bad estrogen and eliminate it.
Here are some of the best foods for estrogen dominance:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Broccoli sprouts
- Flax seeds
- Nuts and seeds
- Organic tempeh
- Organic miso
But let's get back to today's recipe.
Why You'll Love This Broccoli Flatbread
- It's gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, dairy-free
- Also keto and low-carb
- A great alternative to bread
- It's a great way to support an estrogen-dominant diet
For Your Shopping List
- Food processor
- Parchment Paper
- Small sheet pan
Let's Make It
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add broccoli florets to a food processor along with sunflower seeds and pulse several times until the broccoli is broken up.
Step 2. Add the remaining ingredients and process until all ingredients are incorporated. Scrape any additional mixture off the side.
Step 3. On a small parchment paper-lined sheet tray, spread the mixture evenly with a spatula. Bake on the lowest rack for 20 minutes. Let the broccoli flatbread cool for 5 minutes then cut it into pieces.
Step 4. The broccoli flatbread can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I like to toast the slices and use them for making avocado toast and egg, or simply use them to make a sandwich.
Top Tips + FAQs
Should You Use Organic Broccoli?
When it comes to reversing estrogen dominance, try to buy organic whenever possible. Besides it being better for you, the florets are more compact and smaller in organic broccoli, which is ideal for this flatbread. Of course, if there is no organic available, use what you can.
Do You Need Nutritional Yeast?
Nutritional yeast offers loads of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, making it an impressive ingredient to include in this broccoli flax flatbread. You can find nutritional yeast in just about every grocery store, health food, or specialty food store.
Why Are Flax Seeds Good In This Recipe?
Ground flax is one of the best things you could eat for estrogen dominance as it binds to existing estrogen in the body and is eliminated. Flax seeds are impressive for increasing and decreasing estrogen according to whatever the body needs. Additionally, ground flax works perfectly in this recipe as a binder as well.
Do You Need Sunflour Seeds?
While they're not imperative for this recipe, I love the crunch they add to the flatbread and would not skip them.
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- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add broccoli florets to a food processor along with sunflower seeds and pulse several times until the broccoli is broken up.
- Add the remaining ingredients and process until all ingredients are incorporated. Scrape any additional mixture off the side.
- Ona small parchment paper-lined sheet tray spread the mixture evenly with a spatula. Bake on the lowest rack for 20 minutes. Let the broccoli flatbread cool for 5 minutes then cut it into pieces.
1. The broccoli flatbread can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I like to toast the slices and use them for making avocado toast and egg, or simply use them to make a sandwich.
2. If you have a fairly large head of broccoli, feel free to use 1 cup almond flour.