The debilitating cramps. The vicious mood swings. Spending all Sunday afternoon lying in the fetal position while looking at Real Housewives and wondering if that Midol you popped ever kicks in. PMS sucks, and eating the wrong foods, like the coveted bag of salty potato chips, only exacerbates those unwanted symptoms. But eat the right foods, such as those high in vitamins, fiber, and minerals, and you can actually fight PMS. Enter the PMS smoothie, the easiest way to stock up on great PMS-fighting ingredients – and Catherine McCord of popular food blog Weelicious is super easy to make.
Not only is Weelicious PMS Smoothie purported to help relieve the gas, cramps, and irritability that come with shark week, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. The rich, tropical smoothie is a delicious mix of Greek yogurt (a great source of calcium that combats PMS symptoms), pumpkin seeds (rich in magnesium and manganese, which is good for flatulence and potassium, which also helps with flatulence and cramps), pineapple ( also a good source of manganese) and turmeric (which helps with inflammation).
For the smoothie, collect all of the above ingredients plus a carrot and milk of your choice and blend them in a blender until smooth. Garnish with a pineapple slice for style and drink!
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“When you’re on your period, your body needs vitamin-rich foods with calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D like pineapple, Greek yogurt, and pumpkin seeds, all of which star in this smoothie,” writes McCord.
What about when you have finished your PMS smoothie?
“Eating a healthy diet with a variety of fruits, vegetables, foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, whole grains, and lean meats, is best while you are on your period,” Lisa M. Valle, DO, Gynecologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, says SheKnows.
Get the full PMS smoothie recipe over at Weelicious.
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