You can live without PMS! This sweet little bites can provide your body with minerals, and nutrients that are usually in short supply during that time of the month, and that will mitigate a lot of the common symptoms. They are really satisfying, delicious and easy to make!
When I was going through the worse part of my digestive, and hormonal chaos I suffered from very intense symptoms almost during the entire menstrual cycle…..It was really exhausting. I am sure some of you can relate to that feeling. I was dependent on painkillers to get me through, not knowing that those pills were worsening some of the symptoms and came with long-term consequences.
While on my healing journey, I learnt that what was going on with my digestive tract was having a very strong impact on my hormones, and as a consequence, on my periods. When I decided not to take any more medications, I was forced to look for natural alternatives, and I found a ton! I was so relieved.
I have seen my menstrual cycles changed positively as I keep improving my diet and lifestyle. My periods are regular now, and the cramping, anxiety, moodiness, cravings, and pain have subsided by almost 70% Some days I don’t even notice that I am on my period, or my “week off” as I call it.
One of the things that made a huge impact in healing my hormones was including a lot more healthy fat in my diet, yes you heard correctly! FAT, the word I used to be so scared of, now it’s my favorite food type. I have gladly welcomed fat into my diet, my body loves it, and most likely yours will too!
In this recipe I included good quality fats from avocados, coconut, and pumpkin seed oil.
The minerals that can help you go through your periods with ease are: Magnesium, Potassium and Zinc
Magnesium. -. Magnesium is an electrolyte mineral, it might be enough to say that is it involved in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps relax the muscles, reduce cramps and regulate serotonin, the feel good neurotransmitter in the brain. Levels of Magnesium usually go down during our periods, and that adds to the cramps, tension, headaches, and gloominess. It is important to add more to our diet through food, or a supplement in some cases. This Recipe is packed with magnesium from good sources like pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil, avocados, and raw cacao powder!
The avocado gives this bites a smooth consistency, and you will not even notice the taste in case you don’t like the taste of avocados.
Raw cacao powder is high in Iron, and contains compounds that improve mood, and control anxiety. Several studies have shown that cacao helps boost happy hormones in the brain.
Potassium. – Potassium is an important mineral essential for proper heart function, skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, and normal digestion. It also helps reduce water retention. This recipe is very high in potassium from avocado, cacao, pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin seed oil.
Zinc.- this mineral helps regulate several systems in the body including the reproductive system. Zinc might help improve blood flow, and reduce inflammation in the uterus, which may reduce cramping. Zinc is often hard to get in adequate amounts in the diet, as there aren’t many foods that rank as excellent sources, so we have to get zinc from a variety of foods. It is believed that even a mild dietary deficiency of zinc can have health implications in Immunity, reproduction, skin health, and vision to mention a few. Pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin seed oils in this recipe are good sources of zinc. Soaking pumpkin seeds for about 8 hours is recommended, read more about why Here look in the notes section of this recipe.
This bites are truly nutritious and very satisfying!. They make a great pre and post workout snack as well.
Share This Recipe with a friend who struggles with PMS 🙂
- 1 cup of fresh pitted dates (without sulfites) *
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds (preferably pre-soaked and dehydrated)
- 2 Tbsp of raw cacao powder (feel free to add more for a stronger chocolate flavor
- ¼ of coconut flakes
- 1 Tbsp of pumpkin seed oil
- ½ medium avocado
- pinch of sea salt
- Pulse the dates in a food processor until it forms a paste
- add the rest of the ingredients and process until the mixture is smooth
- add more oil or avocado if needed
- line a tray with parchment paper
- take about a tablespoon of the mixture at a time and form into balls
- place the balls on the parchment paper
- Dust the balls with cacao power using a small strainer or sifter
- refrigerate for about 30 hour before eating.
- they store very well in the freezer for at least two weeks. You can eat them straight out of the freezer, they will not get very hard.
What is your favorite way to relieve pms symptoms? let us learn from you in the comments below