5 Recipes For Healthy Hormones

From Alisa Vitti, Author of WomanCode and Creator of MyFlo App.

When clients first come to me for help with their hormones, they’re often not quite sure what to expect. Many of them have spent years trying to tackle major issues like endometriosis, while some just can’t get a handle on their erratic periods. But no matter what endocrine issues women come to me with, I always start their healing in the same place: the kitchen.

Surprised? I was too when I started my hormonal healing journey almost two decades ago. Diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), I was 200 pounds, covered in painful acne, and completely depressed. The worst part? Doctors didn’t have an answer for me. They told me my only option was to cover up my symptoms with synthetic medications and expect a future of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and infertility.

Even as my heart sank, my gut screamed, “No way!” I refused to believe that this was my inevitable destiny, and all these years later, I’m a happy, healthy, busy, PCOS-free entrepreneur, author, wife, and mother. That’s right – not only did I beat my “incurable” condition; I also beat the odds and conceived a baby girl at the “advanced maternal age” of 37—and it happened naturally in just three tries.

So how did I get here? Through a lot of trial, error, research, persistence and becoming a functional nutritionist. Now I use my experience to help women all over the world. The biggest takeaway from my years of being a guinea pig is this: food is the most powerful drug we have to address underlying endocrine disruptions. But most people don’t know how to use Mother Nature’s most potent medicine to restore hormonal health. That’s what I’m here to show you.

If you’re just starting on the path toward healing, you might need to take baby steps. Maybe you’re not ready to completely overhaul your diet and lifestyle, but you want to start introducing wholesome, nutrient-dense foods to support your hormones. Guess what? It’s easier than you think to get the ball rolling.

Blend Your Way to Better Health.

Smoothies and soups are two of the easiest ways to blend a bunch of delicious, nutritious foods that pack a punch; the resulting concoctions are mouth-watering megadoses of essential vitamins and minerals that will help restore your body’s natural balance.

Here are my favorite smoothie recipes, and a bonus super soup that will make you feel energized, empowered, and motivated to reclaim your hormonal health:

The Pumpkin Spice PMS Prescription

This smoothie helps banish PMS sugar cravings with natural, wholesome sugars from pumpkin and dates. The blend of fruits and veggies will not only keep insulin levels balanced, but also help your body purge excess estrogen that’s at the root of most PMS symptoms.

Ingredients:

1/4 c. canned, organic pumpkin puree

2 dried apricots or dates

1 tbsp. sunbutter

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

Pinch of Himalayan salt

6 oz. almond milk (preferably homemade)

Directions: Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

The No-Coffee Coffee Energy Elixir

If you often wake up and reach right for the snooze button, this is the perfect morning coffee alternative that will also give you sustained, slow-release energy until lunch. It will help heal your frazzled over-stressed adrenals – and it’s so much better for you than a Starbucks ice blended mocha.

Ingredients:

1 banana

1 tbsp. raw cacao

1/3 c. blackberries

3 tbsp. raw oats soaked overnight

6 oz. cashew milk

1 tsp. coconut oil (melted)

2 oz. water (optional – add if having trouble blending)

Directions: Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

The Passion Pour for Low Libido

The avocado in this smoothie helps boost testosterone levels to rev up your libido, and the cayenne is a vasodilator that can help boost orgasm. The other three ingredients are all real aphrodisiacs that will help you find your missing sex drive.

Ingredients:

1/2 avocado

6 strawberries

2 tsp. honey

6 oz. almond milk

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions: Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

The Be Fruitful Fertility Fix

This smoothie packs a healthy dose of folic acid thanks to the spinach, as well as a whole host of vitamins and minerals, zinc from the seeds, plus natural bee product, Royal Jelly, which feeds the queen bee and helps her deliver all her babies for the hive! Royal Jelly increases the level of luteinizing hormone, promoting consistent and healthy ovulation.

Ingredients:

Spinach

Mango

Blueberries

Royal Jelly

Sesame seeds

Coconut yogurt

Cardamom

Coconut water

Directions: Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Super Soup

This soup is nutrient dense, satisfying, with slow-releasing energy, mood stabilizing fat, liver supporting vitamins and proteins, and blood sugar balancing carbohydrates. Have it for dinner and it will keep you from the cookie jar all night, and actually help you get better sleep.

Ingredients:

4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

1 yellow onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

1 pound carrots, chopped

2 teaspoons turmeric

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Coconut oil

Topping:

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon chopped red onion

4 tablespoons coconut yogurt

4 tablespoons of cooked black beans

Directions:

Add coconut oil to a large stockpot.

Add onions and garlic with Himalayan salt, pepper and turmeric and sauté for about a minute. Add the carrots.

Add veggie broth and bring to boil.

Add the ginger and lemon juice.

Reduce to a simmer and cook for around 20 minutes until the carrots feel tender.

Allow the soup to cool slightly, then blend until smooth.

Top each bowl with a tablespoon of coconut yogurt, a tablespoon of cooked black beans, some cilantro and red onion. Serve and reheat as desired.

Want to learn more about how food affects us? See these 10 foods that boost your mood, and click here to learn about foods that help you sleep