Salads are a fantastic way to get in some more veggies! Vegetables provide us with nutrients like vitamins and minerals as well as fibre and other compounds to keep our hormones happy. The trouble is, that sad looking iceberg lettuce salad with bottled dressing not only is devoid of nutrients but it’s also boring.
The following is a list of some freaking awesome salad recipes from bloggers that I love. The recipes will both delight your taste buds and help you create Happy Hormones.
This kale salad started my love for raw kale. Kale contains tons of insulin-balancing fibre, mood balancing B vitamins and blood-building iron. Beets help your digestion, detox your liver and help your body excrete excess hormones. Pumpkin seeds are mineral powerhouses, especially zinc which is necessary for both healthy cycles and glowing skin.
Pomegranates can be used to help balance estrogen production in the body. Spinach is fibre-packed and loaded with beta-carotene, which is often converted to Vitamin A in the body which is good news if you have heavy menstrual flow! Pecans provide a little protein and some healthy fats to reduce inflammation and balance blood sugar.
Buckwheat is FULL of cycle-regulating inositol, which is especially helpful for women who have trouble ovulating or have PCOS. The greens and herbs provide vital nutrients for health periods like B vitamins and Magnesium. Lemon assists your liver to detox and your digestion to function well to reduce stress on your body.
Broccoli (and other cruciferous vegetables) contain both DIM and Sulforphane, two potent estrogen detoxifiers that help to balance your hormones and assist your liver in metabolizing hormones. Oranges don’t just have vitamin C- they’re also packed with mood, bone and cycle-regulating Calcium.
Carrots are packed with beta-carotene, that Vitamin A precursor which could assist in reducing heavy menstrual flow. Carrots are also full of blood sugar-balancing fibre, and the specific fibre they contain helps to bind and excrete excess estrogen.
Avocados provide healthy monounsaturated fats and are known fertility helpers. They are also full of mood-balancing Magnesium. Apples contain estrogen-detoxing Calcium-D-glucarate, as well as pectin which helps with healthy poops. Celery if full of electrolytes (aka minerals) which help to provide energy.
Cabbage is another cruciferous vegetable that contains estrogen-regulating DIM and sulforaphane. Cabbage is also fantastic for regulating digestion. Sunflower seeds are full of hormone-helping Vitamin E, blood sugar-balancing Manganese and mood-balancing vitamin B6 and Magnesium.
Walnut Broccoli Superblend Salad
by Patricia and Carolyn
Walnuts are super high in anti-inflammatory omega3s, which can help with mood and decrease period pain. Broccoli of course is an estrogen detoxifier and full of bowel-regulating fibre.
Both black beans and lentils have lots of fibre and plant-based protein. They also contain blood-building iron, glowing skin zinc and healthy pregnancy folate.
Arugula is another cruciferous vegetable choice that helps with estrogen metabolism. Apples of course contain both fibre and estrogen-detoxing Calcium-d-glucarate. Pecans provide some mood-balancing healthy fats and protein.
Cucumbers provide not only awesome nutrients but lots of water to keep your body hydrated. The sesame seeds contains loads of calcium to protect your bones, balance your moods and reduce period pain. Carrots provide fibre to detoxify estrogen and zucchini contains many minerals to provide energy.
The more greens the better! Greens give us much needed B vitamins and Magnesium- both helpful in reducing period pain and regulating cycles. Quinoa is a fantastic source of plant-based protein, and in fact isn’t really a grain at all! Pumpkin seeds are loaded with zinc for glowing skin, as well as healthy fats and fibre. Pumpkin seeds (and their oils) have also been used to help regulate sleep patterns.
Bell peppers are one of the highest sources of stress-regulating vitamin C out there. Lemon juice also provides vitamin C and helps your liver to detoxify excess hormones.
Kale is a wonder vegetable also part of the cruciferous vegetable family. Regulate your blood sugar, cycle and mood with this leafy green. Berries are a low-glycemic fruit choice and they are super anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Protect your health and immunity with berries.
Beets contain betaine, an important component to making stomach acid for the digestion of these delicious recipes. Betaine also encourages your liver cells to release toxins. Beets also contain a fibre called pectin, which is important for taking toxins from your liver out of your body via some beet-coloured poops (don’t freak out- you’re not bleeding!!). Last but not least, beets are anti-inflammatory,
antioxidant & anti-cancer.