Transform your morning breakfast to a hormone balancing smoothie.
You’re likely no stranger to the health benefits of balancing your hormones. Most think of this as having normal periods, better mood, and easier weight loss.
While this is true, balancing your hormones has far health reaching affects like blood sugar balance, restorative sleep, and building sexy muscle.
Essentially, hormones — such as estrogen, testosterone, adrenaline and insulin — are key chemical messengers that, when in balance, keep you lean, fit and feeling healthy.
On the other hand, when our hormones are out of balance, we get irregular or painful periods, feel anxious during the day, can’t sleep at night, lose our sex drive, and thinning of our hair.
Basically, we just feel ‘blah’ and ‘yuck’.
Let this Hormone Balancing Smoothie be your magic potion to lift your mood, excite your sensations, and give the energy burst you need to get things done!
3 Main Secret Ingredients in the Hormone Balancing Smoothie
The 3 magic ingredients in this hormone balancing smoothie recipe include: cocoa powder, avocado, and probiotic.
1. Cocoa powder
Cocoa is a known aphrodisiac. This is attributed to two neuro chemicals: tryptophan and phenylethylamine. Tryptophan is a precursor to seratonin, the happy hormone. Phenylethylamine is known as a chocolate amphetamine. When elevated, promotes a feeling of attraction and excitement. The combination of tryptophan and phenylethylamine create a powerhouse affect on your body’s sensations (which is likely where it gets it’s name as the ‘love drug’)
When you consume cocoa, your body also releases endorphins, also known as the ‘runners high’. No wonder cocoa makes people feel sexy!
Avocados are natural hormone balancers. They work to ensure your brain is making the right chemicals needed for best mood, blood sugar balance, and even assist on a deeper level to support healthy digestion. Being in the ‘fruit’ category of foods, it helps to curb anyone’s sweet tooth while keeping their waistline trim.
Probiotics balance your hormones by keeping your gut healthy. Having an unhealthy gut is foundational to an unhealthy body. Depending on the state of the gut, if left unchecked it can lead to a condition known as ‘leaky gut’. This is when undigested food particles, like gluten for example, leak through your gut into your bloodstream and cause inflammation that impacts the entire body — especially glands like the thyroid that is very susceptible to heightened inflammation.
I’ve written about inflammation and how it’s the key drive to unsightly belly fat. You can find the blog post here inflammation and drop your belly fat. Here’s how
Good new is, a specific strain of probiotics called Acidophilus gasseri has been identified to specifically target weight loss. Find it here
Alternatively, using coconut kefir or organic non homogenized yogurt can work as well.
Now to the Hormone Balancing Smoothie Recipe!
HORMONE BALANCING SMOOTHIE
Serves 2. Ready in 5 minutes
2 cups berries
1 large avocado, pitted
A handful of spinach, kale, celery tops, or beet greens
1 to 2 Tbsps cocao powder
1 cup of your favorite liquid: organic yogurt, almond milk (unsweetened), or coconut milk
1/2 cup of ice (optional)
2 scoops of your favorite vanilla protein powder
Your chosen probiotic (if not using yogurt)
In a high powered blender, mix in all ingredients until smooth and creamy (except protein powder and probiotics if using).
ENJOY all the benefits the Hormone Balancing Smoothie has to offer you!
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