PCOS Green Smoothie
Start your day off right with this delicious PCOS Green Smoothie! This recipe is packed with protein, healthy fats and all the nutrients you need to have balanced hormones.
Eating healthy doesn’t get any better than this! Enjoy!
Getting lots of veggies and protein during the day can feel like a lot of work and cooking. That is why I love this smoothie recipe. It seriously only takes 5 minutes to make AND clean up. Which makes it a perfect breakfast or snack even on a busy day.
Spinach is a great food to include in your PCOS diet because it’s packed with nutrients. Spinach is rich in vitamins A, C, and E, as well as iron and magnesium. These nutrients are all important for PCOS management. Vitamin A helps to regulate hormone levels, while vitamin C boosts the immune system and helps the body to better absorb iron. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can help to protect cells from damage. Magnesium helps to regulate blood sugar levels and has been shown to reduce inflammation. Including plenty of spinach in your diet can help to improve your PCOS symptoms and overall health.
Protein helps to regulate blood sugar levels and insulin levels, both of which are often abnormal in women with PCOS. In addition, protein helps to control hunger and cravings, making it easier to stick to a healthy diet. Consuming adequate protein is essential for managing PCOS and improving overall health.
Choosing a protein powder is very important. Unless you have undergone an elimination diet to determine that dairy (in the case of protein powder whey) doesn’t worsen your PCOS I recommend going plant-based whenever possible. A few of my favorite plant-based protein powders include:
- No Cow Protein Powder (Chocolate or Vanilla)
- KOS is not on detox
- Primal Fuel
- Truvani’s Plant-Based Protein
- MRM VEGGIE either chocolate mocha or vanilla bean
- MRM Egg White Protein Powder chocolate or vanilla
I do not recommend:
- Shakeology – carbs are high in sugar and fruit blends. This is not how we want to get our fruit and antioxidants.
- Arbonne – contains processed white sugar (cane sugar)
- ORGAIN – not horrible but higher carb and others
- ORA Aloha – Contains coconut sugar, not terrible but there are better options
- Isagenix – includes sugar and milk = not a good choice for PCOS really bad
- Organifi – contains added sugar
The first time I heard about adding avocado to my smoothies I will admit I had mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I could see how this ingredient could add a great creamy texture to a non-dairy smoothie. On the other hand, I had absolutely no interest in drinking guacamole.
If you feel this way when you think of adding avocado to a smoothie, I urge you to at least give it a try because you will be very pleasantly surprised!
Plus besides actually being very tasty the avocado adds tremendous nourishment to this smoothie. Healthy fats are vital for healthy hormones
This smoothie is definitely best cold. For that reason, I use frozen bananas and add ice to achieve the desired temperature.
Avocado doesn’t store well and neither does this smoothie. You can however place everything in a baggie and freeze until ready to just add milk or water and blend.
PCOS Green Smoothie
- ½ piece avocado
- ½ piece banana
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- Ice cubes
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk or milk of choice more if needed to thin (or opt for water)
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth
What if I don’t have unsweetened coconut milk, what are good alternatives?
Any non-dairy milk will work. I highly recommend unsweetened options such as unsweetened almond or cashew milk. Both rice milk and oat milk are derived from grains and even if they are unsweetened they will spike your insulin significantly. I also don’t recommend soy milk as too much processed soy isn’t ideal for hormone balancing.
Does the protein powder have to be plant based?
Technically no. I often use a great whey-based option. BUT many women with PCOS find that dairy, including whey products, increases their inflammation. I recommend going through my PCOS Detox program that includes a 30-day elimination protocol to help you discover any hidden sensitivities that might be increasing your inflammation from the foods you eat. Thepcosdetox.com
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