As many of you already know, a couple of months back I was experiencing some hormonal imbalances. I decided to share my journey with all of you on Instagram, which was amazing because so many of you explained that you’d either gone through something similar or knew of someone who had also suffered from hormonal imbalances. I took all of the recommendations I received onboard, yet there were two products that seemed to stand out as the most popular: maca root and ashwagandha.
I decided to implement these adaptogens into my daily routine in the form of a smoothie, to see if I could experience any hormonal or even general changes from supplementation… Anyway, to cut a long story short I ended up getting my period back after one month of drinking this smoothie! I’m not giving it a full credit but I strongly believe that it played its role 🙂
And listen up! I’m not claiming that this was the catalyst for change, there was plenty of other stuff that I’d added into my routine also. Like daily meditation, nutrition changes, medicinal herbs etc… but, I’m sure these powerful adaptogens played an important role.
Although it may seem incredible, this recipe is ideal for any age group, but specifically women, who find it difficult to add hormone modulating foods into their daily diet.
This recipe’s staple ingredients are ashwagandha and maca, and although the usage and preparation may be slightly different to how you’d normally think of supplementing with these super foods, the health benefits and nutrient load are something you don’t want to miss.
Ashwagandha is an ancestral medicinal plant or shrub that’s native to India and North Africa. The plant’s root is what’s commonly used to treat a wide variety of ailments due to its impressive list of health benefits. It can reduce stress and anxiety, help combat depression, boost fertility, modulate hormone imbalances, and even promote optimal brain function.
Maca root also known as Peruvian ginseng is a biennial plant which is native to South America, specifically the Andes mountains of Peru. The plant’s root “maca root”, helps to balance female hormones and eliminate any excess of environmental estrogens, which is important seeing as most people’s hormones are out of balance. Maca modulates and nourishes the pituitary and hypothalamus glands which are the “most important glands” of the body.
The avocado, almonds, and vanilla protein powder that are included in this smoothie recipe will help to keep the body satiated and balance blood sugar levels, which all contribute to hormone health. This is because elevated insulin levels in women leads to increased testosterone which can throw estrogen out of natural balance.
I like to implement lots of healthy fats such as avocado into my smoothies or weekly meal plans. Healthy fats have shown to have positive results for women’s hormonal health, so this is a preventative measure I make sure to include when planning meals.
Preparing adaptogenic hormone balancing smoothies is not as intimidating as it seems.
Are you ready to make a delicious smoothie? Let’s do it…
- 8oz of almond milk
- Handful of ice
- 2 scoops of INBLOOM Green Protein (Chocolate Flavor)
- 1 tsp of ashwagandha
- 1tsp of maca powder
- 1 tbsp of shredded coconut
- 1/4 avocado
- 5 almonds
- 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
- Combine the vanilla protein, ashwagandha, maca powder, avocado, almonds, cinnamon, and water in a food processor and blend until smooth. Taste the smoothie and add extra ingredients or flavors to your liking. If the smoothie is too thick, add some more water by the tablespoon until it reaches your desired thickness.
Ashwagandha and Maca Root are by far some of the most remarkable ingredients thanks to their potent adaptogenic properties. These two ingredients are what make this recipe shine even though it’s so simple to prepare. I’m sure once you try it you’ll have no choice but to add it into your daily routine, which is what I do!
Stay tuned for my next recipes. And don’t forget to share this delicious go-to hormone balancing smoothie so that others like you can enjoy it too.
Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. Enjoy!