The PMS Buster
I came up with this smoothie to help with my hormone surges and found it really helps with the cravings and low energy that comes along with those ups and downs of hormones. It is a simple 5 ingredients plus water that is not complicated. I find I can make it through my mornings and sometimes into the early afternoon on this alone if I am not sharing it with someone. It also makes a great pick me up at that three o’clock hour when sometimes we think we need a candy bar. This little smoothie can suffice and then a small piece of chocolate can make due instead of the king size candy bar that is 3 servings according to the package!
- 2 bananas
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 2 tablespoons Chia Seeds
- 3/4 cup water or ice if you want it cold
Directions: Place these ingredients in a blender adjusting liquids as needed for the desired consistency you prefer.
This can be shared or feel free to make this batch up all for yourself and sip on it all morning. The ingredients are perfect for our monthly hormonal surge and if you care to share it can give your partner the energy they need to support you through this time. The ingredients I chose are for the nutritional reasons are as follows.
Banana: Bananas help with production of white blood cells, reduce swelling and strengthen the nervous system.
Avocado: Avocados provide the healthy kind of fat that your body needs and crave when your body is in the cycle. Avocados boost levels of HDL which is the good cholesterol. This type of cholesterol helps regulate triglyceride levels and protects against the damage free radicals can cause. So if you do consume some foods that aren’t that healthy this can help combat the damage.
Spinach: Iron is a trace element required for red blood cell production and spinach contains iron; one of the richest among green leafy vegetables. Get your Popeye strength!
Pineapple: Pineapple can help with pain reduction and has anti-inflammatory properties. Pineapple fruit contains the proteolytic enzyme bromelain, which helps us digest and break down proteins for our bodies to use.
Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are a high quality protein source and help you feel full.
Water: Water is overlooked but is truly essential to keep us moving, yes I am talking bowels. Our bodies get inflamed and swollen and sometimes can cause us to be slow if you’re taking in that cleansing water you’re less likely to have that issue.
All these wonderful ingredients that are in this PMS buster have many more attributes that make them nutritionally sexy. I just like to keep it simple along with keeping my happy, healthy diet pure and simple. Knowing these few things about the ingredients helps the intentions you put into making and consuming the smoothie, thus the benefit you get can bust the PMS symptoms from the inside out!