I’ve got a final recipe to share with you for the “Ladies’ Recipes” series, in which I use maca powder in every day recipes to help you balance your hormones and hopefully reduce painful cramps. A BIG thank you to everyone who shared their experience in the comment section of the Raspberry Maca Smoothie and Vanilla Maca Porridge posts – creating a dialogue is exactly what I wanted to encourage, so we could all swap tips and hopefully inspire each other not to feel embarrassed or ashamed of our personal experiences with period pains.
The best tips I’ve seen in the comments are:
- keep hydrated: drinks lots of water prior to your period, and during
- avoid sugar and highly processed foods, as well as coffee and alcohol
- a hot water bottle helps calm the cramps – get a mini one so it’s discrete at the office 🙂
- and using maca, of course 🙂
My dear friend Ellie also mentioned keeping your knees/feet higher than your uterus helps (!), so place a pillow underneath your knees when you sleep. The things you learn…!
Since we’ve covered breakfast twice, I thought it best to move on to my second favourite meal of the day… dessert!
Avocado chocolate mousse is one of those desserts that is just ridiculously easy to whip together; if you’re like me, you usually have an avocado or two in the kitchen. Raw cacao powder is the healthiest and most nutrition ingredient to use, but you could easily make this with cocoa powder. I like to add almond or peanut butter for extra creaminess and flavour. If you use raw nut butter and raw non-dairy milk, this recipes is entirely raw. It’s up to you how you customise it! This makes a single serving; to create a bigger batch, simply multiply the measurements by however many people you wish to serve.
Maca Chocolate Mousse To Balance Your Hormones
- 1 avocado, pitted
- 125ml (1/2 cup) almond or soya milk
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp peanut or almond butter (optional)
- 1 tsp maca powder
- Blend all till smooth. Enjoy straight away or keep in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
I’m pleased to say my first week at my new job went really well – the team is so welcoming and inclusive, and it looks like my job will be challenging and varied. Just what I’d hoped for. Thanks for all your well wishes, it meant a lot to me!
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Love and cookies,