3 hormone balancing & fertility boosting smoothie recipes to get you through the holidays

My husband jokes that my family is the only family he knows who has dessert even after breakfast. And it's true. I grew up in a family that LOVES sugar. They are not much for drinking or fast food, but when the cake is passed, you're expected to say "yes." 

I do believe that I grew up with way too much sugar in my diet (as do so many of us because, frankly, the sugar industry is dominating; not because our parents want to turn us into cookie monsters with hormonal imbalances) and, as a consequence, I carried too much weight in my teens, had emotional meltdowns, and kept reaching for sugary treats as an emotional bandaid whenever I was stressed, angry, sad, or felt lonely. 

Many of the women who are now my clients experience these symptoms way beyond their 20s and well into their 30s, 40s, and beyond: too much weight, feeling emotional and irritable, (ab)using sugar, alcohol, coffee or bread/pasta as an emotional crutch or a quick energy booster, anxiety, PMS, painful and heavy or absent periods, acne, headaches, weak immune systems, sustained inflammation that leads to autoimmune diseases, and (unexplained) infertility... to name a few. 

While sugar is not the only culprit in our diet, it's certainly a big one, especially during the holidays.

The quality of our overall diet and lifestyle are major informants for the kind of energy we are delivering to our cells and therefore the health (including healthy egg and sperm cells) that we are either building or destroying in our bodies and minds. 

Personally, I didn't start getting a handle on my sugar addiction until I was in my late 20s and discovered my own hormonal imbalances, that I finally got real with myself and explored how I could change my diet and lifestyle to support my hormonal health, my fertility and my emotional well-being ideally.

I am certain that if I hadn't taken those initiatives myself, my doctor would have put me on the pill to regulate my cycle (as she tried to do) and eventually I would have been sent down the road of IVF to conceive Felix.

Now, I know this is a big statement to make, but the reason I believe it is justified is because I know many women who did conceive their beautiful, precious babies through IVF who had the exact same hormonal imbalance that I had but weren't given the resources or support to address these imbalances naturally and holistically.

So, my mission is clear: help women take charge of their health (physical, mental, and emotional) naturally, so that they can feel amazing and have balanced hormones that allow for a healthy pregnancy and a smooth postpartum recovery.

Navigating the holidays without totally throwing out your healthy routine can be hard.

I know, lovely!

That's why today, I want to give you three recipes for my favorite smoothies to help you navigate the holidays while showing your hormones some love, too!

After all, starting your day with a healthy breakfast makes sure you are off to a good start. Breakfast is also one of the most important elements for a balanced blood sugar, SO, you're welcome :)

Note: just because you are having one of these smoothies in the morning, doesn't mean you get a free card for all and every sugary treat that enters your eye sight for the rest of the day. Sorry love. 

 

Recipe #1: Antioxidant Booster

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk/ cashew milk/ hemp milk
  • 1/2 cup organic frozen berries
  • 1/2 banana (can be frozen)
  • 1/2 cup organic spinach (can be frozen too)
  • 1 tsp spirulina (the highest quality plant protein that also contains a ton of vitamins and minerals)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter

Blend and enjoy.

Berries are packed with antioxidants, which give your cells a defense mechanism against free radicals. When free radicals in our bodies outweigh antioxidants, we enter a state of oxidative stress, which, if prolonged, is a key factor in ovarian aging. Studies even show that women who began consuming more antioxidants had more positive outcomes with IVF that they had in previous rounds of IVF when not taking antioxidants! This is BIG, so load up the berries. 

In addition, consuming enough protein is extremely important in order to keep your blood-sugar balanced, which, in turn, is key in order to keep your stress response calm and happy.

 

Recipe #2: Pumpkin Deliciousness

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk/ almond milk/ cashew milk/ hemp milk
  • 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup organic spinach (can be frozen) 
  • 1/2 banana (can be frozen)
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of nutmeg (optional)


Blend and enjoy.

Cinnamon helps balance your blood-sugar. Pumpkin is full of Vitamin A, which is great for your skin and eye sight. Plus, pumpkin has grounding energy which is perfect for the colder months. Hemp, Chia and Flax seeds are excellent sources of fiber, protein and maybe most importantly omega-3 essential fatty acids. Omega-3s help the body regulate hormones and inflammatory response, increase cervical mucous production, promote ovulation and increase circulation to the reproductive organs. Coconut oil is nourishing for your thyroid which plays an essential role in proper sex hormone production. 

 

Recipe #3: Buzzzz Yum (do not make if you are allergic to bees)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (almond, coconut, hemp, coconut)
  • 1 cup frozen peaches or frozen mango
  • 1/2 banana (can be frozen)
  • 1 tbsp bee pollen
  • 1 tbsp flax or chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cashew butter
     

Bee pollen is known as a fertility superfood, because it contains high levels of vitamins, is a natural aphrodisiac, nourishes the ovaries, helps produce healthy eggs, increases fertility, increases sperm count in men and balances the menstrual cycle. Sounds pretty good, right?
Plus, you already know the benefits of coconut oil (think: happy thyroid) and cashew butter (think: balanced blood sugar).  

 

Enjoy these love and hope you're enjoying the holidays so far <3 

xo,