Coconut Chia Pudding (Dairy-Free, Paleo)
Chia seeds are not just for the Chia Pets anymore. These seeds are very high in Omega-3s like flaxseed. Chia seeds can reduce inflammation and pain associated with your menstrual cycle. Plus they are loaded with iron, which is great for us menstruating women who are losing blood every month. Chia seeds contain a whole host of minerals like magnesium, calcium and potassium which are very important for both PMS and Menopausal women, and a good amount of protein. These babies will keep your blood sugar stable, inflammation down and hormones flowing along with regular use.
Coconut milk and coconut products in general are one of the best foods for balancing hormones. The medium-chain triglycerides contained in coconut actually help your body burn fat better as fuel, and can be helpful in weight loss. Beyond this, coconut milk and products are highly anti-microbial and are therefore super awesome for our immune systems and candida overgrowth. The variety and density of nutrients in coconut products also make it fantastic for skin and hair- used topically and internally. Coconut products also help our thyroid regulate hormone production, helping not only hypothyroid conditions, but also hormonal imbalances in general.
Raw honey is a fantastic health food when used correctly. The regular pasteurized honey in the grocery store is totally devoid of nutrients and can be harmful to your health. Aim for local, raw, unpasteurized honey always. Raw honey contains antioxidants and can be helpful for inflammation and acidic pH in the body. Raw honey is also fantastic for getting some good Zzzzs. It provides our liver with slowly-releasing glycogen (stored sugar) that our body needs as we sleep. Raw honey is also anti-microbial, promotes intestinal health, and remedies colds and flus.