It’s safe to say that during your period you may crave junk food. Don’t be fooled by instant gratification! Eating a well balanced diet during your menstrual cycle is essential to experiencing less cramping. It is rumored that “eating within the rainbow” can help you feel in tip top shape to face the day. Read further to discover a few snacks to keep you energized and on the go during that time of the month.
While craving chocolates and greasy foods are usually seen as the standard period food, we’re here to change that! Snacks that offer a balance of healthy fats, proteins, and carbohydrates keep you healthy and promote a good hormone balance. Some good questions to ask yourself when shopping for cramp cravings are:
– Is it an anti-inflammatory?
– Does it contain vitamins and minerals?
– Is it an antioxidant?
Foods that are nutrient rich don’t always have to be a hassle. Cut the fuss! Here are some quick recipes to include in your diet that will leave you satisfied without the unhealthy fats.
1. Sweet Potato Bowl
Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, which also helps with your digestion. Added bloating is not helpful when you’re already feeling a bit uncomfortable.This recipe contains protein and vitamins needed to improve your overall gut health.
– 1 Large Diced Sweet Potato (Roasted)
– 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
– 1 heaping tbsp Cinnamon
– ½ tbsp Nutmeg
– 1 tbsp Honey
– ½ cup Pecans
– 1 cup cooked Quinoa
– 2 cups Spinach (cooked or raw)
– Melted and slightly cooled Coconut Oil for drizzle (added healthy fat)
2. Chicken and Arugula Berry Salad
Did you know that there’s 54 grams of protein in one chicken breast? This snack option integrating protein is for our meat lovers. Chicken, in fact, is the meat with the highest amount of protein!
– 2 Grilled Chicken Breasts
– 1 Package of Arugula Salad Mix
– 1 Handful of Blackberries
– 10 Diced Strawberries
– 1 Handful of Blueberries
– Dressing of your choosing
* Also, blackberries are amongst the fruits with the highest antioxidant strengths. Talk about packing a nutritious punch!
3. Sweet Potato Souffle
Souffle is considered to be a decadent dessert, but with this recipe it makes it a bit lighter and easier. Sweet potatoes are considered an anti-inflammatory food item. This recipe is packed with them!
– 6 Large Sweet Potatoes (Peeled and Cubed)
– 4 tbsp Unsalted Butter (melted and cooled)
– 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
– 1 tsp Nutmeg
– 2 tbsp Cinnamon
– ½ tsp Salt
Try out these meals and kick back and relax!