There are a million different smoothie recipes out there, but yet I find myself turning to this combo day after day.
What can I say? I’m a creature of habit.
Plus, having the same smoothie for breakfast on most days of the week means that I can make it in about 3 minutes flat, which is great, since I’m almost always running out the door.
The great thing about this smoothie is that, with a couple of adaptions, I can make it a perfect hormone-balancing smoothie no matter what time of the month it is.
In fact, I refer to this smoothie combo as “seed cycling for lazy people.” Or, to put a more positive spin on it, “seed cycling for the busy woman.”
There’s not a heck of a lot of science on “seed cycling” – and frankly, I find it fussy and privileged AF the way it’s presented (you have to eat THESE seeds in THIS order and GRIND them from scratch every morning) – yeah, no. I don’t have time for that.
But the science IS there that seeds are a healthy addition to ANY diet, so I try to include them regularly.
This is what goes into my smoothies every single day…
Frozen blueberries – about a half a cup. Occasionally I vary the fruit, but most of the time, I choose this nutrient powerhouse berry. Blueberries are low-glycemic, high in antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory, making them a good food to eat on the reg!
Unsweetened Coconut Milk – about a cup. Sometimes (like when the store is out of unsweetened coconut), I’ll swap this out for unsweetened flax milk or unsweetened cashew milk. Feel free to use almond milk or regular dairy here, but I’m sadly allergic to both.
Maca – 1 teaspoon for hormone balance and energy. I like this one.
Cacao – 1 tablespoon for taste as well as for magnesium & iron. You can order this one online.
Greens Powder – 1 scoop. Otherwise, I use a handful of spinach or baby kale to get some greens in. I like Amazing Greens powder because the taste is not overpowering.
Collagen powder – 1 scoop. For gut health. And honestly, since I’ve been using collagen, my nails are harder than they’ve ever been. This is a good fish-based one, or if you eat meat, I like the Zint collagen, which is way cheaper than other brands but still grass-fed. If you eat neither, just leave it out.
Now, here’s where it varies…
On Days 1-14 of my cycle (1st day of period through ovulation):
Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder – 1 scoop. Pumpkin seeds help support estrogen. If you don’t want to use the protein powder, you can use raw pumpkin seeds instead. This also serves as the protein during the first half of the month.
Flax seeds – 1 tablespoon. Flax seeds help support estrogen metabolism (and they’re also great for digestion!).
On Days 15-28 of my cycle (ovulation through day before period):
Sunbutter – 1 tablespoon. Sunflower seeds help support progesterone production.
Tahini – 1 tablespoon. Sesame seeds help support progesterone production. I LOVE this organic stone ground one. And it’s so much easier than grinding your own sesame seeds!
It’s not very pretty, but it tastes good!
Don’t let the calories scare you…this is a perfectly appropriate amount for a meal, and it keeps me full until lunch time. Plus it’s lower in carbs, high in quality protein, and high in healthy fats—perfect for hormone balance!
The Daily - Hormone-Balancing Smoothie
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tsp maca
- 1 tbsp cacao
- 1 scoop greens powder or a handful of spinach or baby kale
- 1 scoop collagen (optional)
- 1 scoop pumpkin seed powder (weeks 1 & 2) or pea protein powder (weeks 3 & 4)
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed (weeks 1 & 2) or Sunbutter (weeks 3 & 4)
- 1 tbsp tahini (weeks 3 & 4 only)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
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