Blueberry Maca Smoothie (and Menstrual Balance!)

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I am in love with this breakfast smoothie!  IN LOVE.  Most mornings I rush home from dropping the kiddies at school and immediately whip these ingredients together in my super powerful blender and gobble down this delicious concoction.  In the winter months I do use a bit of hot water to prevent it from being too cold in my already cold body.  During warmer days, I keep it cold with ice.

On a more serious note…Maca Powder and menstrual cramps/mood changes.  Over the years, I have been challenged with strong menstrual cramps and other fun menstrual symptoms – yes, hormonal fluctuations during my cycle would cause me some serious stress.  However, I have applied myself considerably to managing and reducing these imbalances.  Various things have helped including drinking raspberry tea every day for two weeks prior to my cycle.  This has dramatically reduced the severity and longevity of my cramps.  I also did a series of colon cleanses (with a professional and at home with my own kit).  I believe these were another very helpful step in balancing my hormones.  Get past the embarrassment – lots and lots of gunk is sticking to your gut and when one system is bogged down, it brings the rest of the team down as well.  I also take a multi-vitamin formulated for women made by Metagenics.  Upon muscle testing, this formula came out the champion.  Here is the link.

http://www.metagenics.com/mp/products/fem-essentials

I double up on these vitamins and they do make a difference for me.  I also added a large dose of magnesium to my supplements upon the advice of a ND in Grand Rapids.

Most recently, I discovered Maca Powder.  My research pointed out that it is commonly used for hormonal balance and increased sexual drive.  Hmmm – sounded good to me.  I bought me a bag on Amazon.  Here is the link.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015P54R8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And for the past 6 months I have experienced even more relief from menstrual annoyances.  First, my cycle is much more regular – 28 days consistently with a day or two variance.  My cycle is shorter too and it is less severe.  Check out the following link for more information regarding Maca Powder.

http://www.vegkitchen.com/nutrition/7-top-health-benefits-of-maca

AND, mixed in a smoothie, it tastes delicious.  It adds a bit of malted flavor.  Start small and see how your body reacts.  I go for a full tablespoon and am thrilled with it and how much it has helped me.

I don’t do a lot of fruit because most are pretty sugary.  I choose blueberries because they are one of the lowest in fruit sugar or fructose.  Nuts are a wonderful protein rich addition to any smoothie and I experiment with them all.  I even add peanut butter to Michael’s smoothie and he loves the flavor!  Have fun with your smoothie – there are no rules here!  If you want greens, add a big handful.  Or an avocado.  Or a scoop of protein powder.  Sometimes I splurge and buy a bag of hemp seeds.  Wonderful!  There are so many amazing superfoods on the market now and I love trying them all.

Top of the morning to you!  Make it a great day.

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Blueberry Maca Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Hot water (options: cold water or pure coconut water)
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk (options: hemp, nut, coconut, soy)
  • ½ cup organic frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup nuts (options: cashews, almonds, walnuts, macadamia)
  • 2 tablespoons organic Greek plain yogurt (watch the label on flavored yogurts - they are usually much higher in sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon - 1 tablespoon Maca Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Flax-Chia Blend
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process well. Add more liquid depending on desired thickness. Enjoy the life energy!

 

 

 

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