A balancing smoothie for the first part of your menstrual cycle
This smoothie is great for the first phase of your menstrual cycle, as it is full of nourishing ingredients that have been linked to healthier and easier periods. It is plant-based, gluten-free, and has no added sugar, making it a nice healthy option for a breakfast or snack!
Here are just some of the benefits of the ingredients that make up this smoothie:
Blueberries and blackberries- great fruits for anti-inflammation and both good sources of antioxidants and nutrients
Cinnamon- an ingredient that has been linked to potential pain reduction in terms of cramps
Ground flaxseeds- a recommended seed when seed cycling for the first part of your menstrual cycle; also a great source of nutrients and healthy omega-3 fats
Pumpkin seeds- also recommended in seed cycling for the first part of your menstrual cycle, and a great source of iron (which is especially important when losing blood)
Cacao nibs- another good source of antioxidants; adds a bit of a chocolate taste to the smoothie
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen blackberries
1 cup water (or any non-dairy milk of choice)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
1/2 tbsp cacao nibs
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds (I usually make a smoothie bowl and put these on top instead of blending them in)
Optional: 1 scoop of unsweetened plant-based protein powder
Step by Step:
Add all ingredients into a blender, finishing with the water (or non-dairy milk)
Blend on medium until the smoothie has reached a consistency you like
Serve in a mason jar, glass, or bowl, and enjoy!
Tip: make it a smoothie bowl and top with anything you like! I recommend the following: more ground flaxseeds, granola, goji berries, oats, chia seeds, and/or more cacao nibs.
*Note: I am not a doctor, and always recommend seeing your doctor for any hormone, menstrual, or other health related issues. This smoothie does not replace any medications or supplements, and is rather an option for supporting a healthier menstrual cycle.