Aging gracefully and mindfully means keeping our hormones healthy and happy. This can be quite a balancing act! At least 3X a week I will be asked if there are any natural ways to help out lowering estrogen levels. There is no one-and-done answer, listen some levels are affected by other things such as stress, environmental toxicities, or sickness, to name three underlining causes. But grabbing healthy foods, herbs and essential oils that have known positive effects on hormone regulation may be helpful for you. That’s why it’s helpful to have delicious recipes you can turn to that help keep your hormones happy, healthy, and balanced. This smoothie is one of those recipes!
My key to healthy nutrition has always been based on 3 main macros you want to include in any recipe to keep your hormones humming, as well as digestion, hunger in check, and energy levels high – healthy fat, fiber, and protein.
Healthy fats are essential for hormone production in the body. They also boost metabolism and help fight inflammation. Look to include more of these healthy fats in your diet:
Healthy fats also help curb your cravings and keep you feeling satisfied longer.
Fiber is important for clearing out the colon and keeping a healthy gut. Constipation can wreak havoc on your hormones and overall health. So, it’s important to make sure and eat plenty of fiber to keep things moving. Good sources of fiber include:
Fiber also helps to make you feel fuller which aids in weight management.
Protein is essential for a number of jobs in your body including building and repairing muscle tissue, making hormones, and creating healthy skin, hair and nails. It aids in keeping your metabolism humming and blood sugar levels stable. Good sources of protein include:
I love this delicious and creamy, hormone-balancing smoothie because it contains all 3! It’s perfect as a meal replacement because of all the healthy fats, protein, and fiber. I also love how it’s not very sweet yet it’s still very tasty (perfect if you are looking to cut back on sugar!). So, what makes this smoothie so great for hormones?
Check out how each of the ingredients helps to provide your body with essential nutrients that contribute to happy hormones.
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This rich and creamy smoothie will keep you satisfied for hours and will keep your hormones happy and humming!
Here’s another recipe for you:
1 1/2 cups dairy-free milk
2 tbsp almond butter (or PB2 powder)
2 tbsp flax seeds
1 – 2 tsp maca powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 frozen banana
2 Medjool dates (pitted)
1 scoop of protein powder (I use Ka’Chava)
Blend all ingredients in your blender