Based in Lexington, KY, Johnna Wilford is a writer, running coach, POP Pilates teacher, and certified fertility awareness educator. Johnna teachES women to live well through self-care, exercise, and natural feminine health practices.

The Ideal Smoothie For Your Period

The Ideal Smoothie For Your Period

I don’t know about you, but when I’m on my period I have some serious menstrual cramps and I’m always dragging. I know that many health and wellness bloggers talk about the benefits of healthy eating for their fitness routine - but did you know you can use food and nutrition to help your lady parts during your cycle, too?

Oatmeal, oat milk & flaxseed

Oats are high in fiber, protein, iron and complex carbohydrates. Flax seeds are also dense in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and protein, providing additional aid in digestion.

Cashews

Energy and protein-rich cashews are packed with unsaturated fatty acids. Because they are high in magnesium, they provide good support for your muscles and nerves. Magnesium in cashews helps with menstrual cramps, and maybe even hangovers.

Banana

Bananas are yet another source of magnesium. They also contain potassium, which is a diuretic (it makes you pee). This helps maintain the water balance in the body as well as regulating blood sugar levels.

Dates

Dates are a wonderful sweetener because they're full of fiber and tryptophan, unlike other sugars. Studies show that tryptophan aids in the production of serotonin, which can make you happy. Say goodbye to those mood swings!

Cocoa Powder

Science has proven that chocolate can actually brighten your mood. It's full of magnesium, iron (even more than beef!) and flavonoids, phytochemicals known to help with inflammation.

Healthy Period Smoothie

This smoothie is packed with magnesium, iron and tryptophan - exactly what your body needs during your period (as noted above). Perfect for breakfast or a snack, this recipe is delectable without spiking your blood sugar levels - making it a healthier alternative for those chocolate and sugar cravings.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 tbsp cashews

  • 2 dates

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

  • 1 banana

  • 2 tbsp rolled oats

  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed

  • 1/3 cup almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer)

Prep:

  1. Mash cashews, chopped dates, flax seeds, banana, cocoa powder and 2/3 of oatmeal together with the milk in a strong blender to a creamy smoothie.

  2. Pour into a large glass.

  3. Enjoy!

*Adapted from a recipe by Melanie de Jong.

 Travel with a Local: Lexington, Kentucky

Travel with a Local: Lexington, Kentucky