This is one of my favourite smoothie recipes I created not too long ago for two main reasons, I needed a different breakfast smoothie cause I got bored of some of my green smoothie recipes and I also wanted a breakfast recipe that would help in balancing my hormones in the morning. So the hormone balancing ingredients are the superfoods included; maca and bee pollen. That’s not to say the other ingredients don’t help to balance hormones because they so do.

Maca is a type of cruciferous vegetable native to the Andes of Peru. Maca is rich in antioxidants, enhances energy, mood and memory; improves female reproductive health; balances oestrogen levels and boosts male fertility.

Maca root can help balance hormone levels and control the amount of oestrogen in the body. One study published in the International Journal of Biomedical Science gave 34 early post-menopausal women a tablet containing either maca or a placebo twice daily for four months. Not only did maca help balance hormone levels, but it also relieved symptoms of menopause, such as night sweats and hot flashes, and even increased bone density.

Maca root powder is an excellent source of protein, fibre and several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, copper and iron. It also contains over 20 amino acids — including all eight essential amino acids — and plenty of health-promoting phytonutrients.

Bee Pollen contains almost all of the nutrients the human body needs to thrive. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, lipids and fatty acids, enzymes, carotenoids and bioflavonoids — making it an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agent that strengthens the capillaries, reduces inflammation, stimulates the immune system and lowers cholesterol levels naturally.

Bee pollen helps reduce inflammation, acts as an antioxidant, protects against liver toxicity, boosts the immune system, serves as a dietary supplement, relieves menopausal symptoms, helps reduce stress and promotes healing.

Now you see why I’ve included both superfoods in this recipe, it literally turns it into a power-house recipe that not only balances your hormones but also nourishes your body and boosts your body’s defence system.

Ingredients

2 tbsp. protein powder

1 banana
1 tsp. maca powder

1tsp. bee pollen
1 cup coconut or almond milk

1tsp. coconut oil
4 brazil nuts
1⁄2 tsp. cinnamon

 

Put all ingredients in a blender, whizz and enjoy!


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