Thursday, March 14, 2013

Period Problems: PMS Smoothie - Does it work? {Recipe}

Period Problems:  PMS Smoothie {Recipe}

While perusing the web for whole food juice recipes to make with my Vitamix, I decided to google PMS smoothie recipes, and one from the show, The Doctors popped up.  It’s funny because the same day, I read an article on the New York Daily News about spinach and other iron-rich foods aiding in the reduction of PMS symptoms.

Already, my husband and I make green smoothies that contain spinach and/or kale.  I didn’t know they helped with PMS issues.   After reading this, I wonder if my husband will stop drinking the smoothies just because they help with PMS.  He’s funny like that! .:SMH:.

We’ve been making spinach/kale laden smoothies since we got our Vitamix, and my PMS symptoms do not seem any better.  I’m not sure how much this works. But, hey, at least it tastes good!

For the smoothies my husband and I make, we include the following:

½ cup Fresh Spinach
½ cup Kale
1 Banana
2 teaspoons of Flaxseed oil
½ cup fresh blueberries
6-8 fresh strawberries
1 small piece of ginger
½ cup fresh diced pineapple

Next, time, since I do have a huge jar of blackstrap molasses, I am going to try adding it.  Sometimes, if I want protein, I add plain 0% Total Fage Greek Yogurt.  I only do that after my husband takes out his portion because he doesn't like yogurt.

Anyway, here is the recipe posted on The Doctors website.  They claim their PMS Smoothie is high in nutrients and minerals, such as magnesium, calcium and vitamin C, proven to reduce PMS symptoms.

• 1 cup low-fat yogurt
• 8 oz. orange juice
• 1 cup fresh strawberries
• 1 banana
• 1 tablespoon molasses (or to taste) 

FYI: The Nature's Plus Liquid Prenatal Vitamins that I purchased from Vitacost taste AMAZING in this!