We hate that time of the month that creeps up on us, don’t we, Bellas? The good news is that we don’t need to suffer all the time. To help us breeze through our period naturally, I found three green recipes on Juice Recipes and Healthy Food House. These fresh, yummy, and natural juice recipes will curb the baddies that our monthly “friend” gives us. The nutrients found in the ingredients have natural components that help us combat cramps and ease moodiness.
Apple Berry Lush
1 medium apple
A handful of strawberries
Dice all ingredients before processing in a blender or juicer. Add ice if you want it cold or keep it pure.
This is great for breakfast and has the right balance of tart and sweet. Carrots are a diuretic and may relieve all the bloating we have during our period by eliminating the excess water in the body. Feeling the downy-dumps? Strawberries also help stimulate the release of serotonin, which improve our mood.
2 celery stalks
2 big handfuls spinach
Dice all ingredients before processing in a blender or juicer, and then stir and serve.
Beets are good for cleansing the blood, detoxifying the colon, and strengthening your gallbladder and liver. Off coffee during your period? Beets are high in carbohydrates but unlike processed food, they are the good kind of carbohydrates, which provide you with energy when you feel all lethargic and fatigued. Spinach is also a great source of iron. Worried about the taste? This blend is surprisingly sweet and I hope you will love the beets as much as I did. Try adding a slice of ginger for warmth.
Pineapple Carrot Juice
1-2 cups fresh pineapples
2 large carrots
Dice the carrots before processing them with the pineapples in a blender or juicer, add then stir and serve.
This one’s for the cramps. Pineapple juice isn’t just good for the heart, but also good for easing the pain during our monthly visitor’s arrival. Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple juice, helps in relaxing the muscle pain and cramps. For variation, superfood it up with a sprinkling of chia seeds, which are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and energy.
Tip: Since these are fresh juices instead of store-bought ones, it is best to consume them immediately after juicing. These recipes are great as refreshments for any meal or as a midday snack. The natural sugars in the fruits will also help curb our cravings for chocolates and candies. Couple these with gentle daily stretches to ease the tummy pain and sail through the red tide smoothly.
Which of these juices will you try, Bellas? Post your creations on Instagram and tag me @bambikitty.