Is getting out of bed in the morning a struggle? Kick-start your day with this rich, creamy smoothie instead of coffee and avoid disruptive caffeine highs and lows. Matcha, a type of green tea from Japan, contains caffeine but causes a steady energy boost rather than a spike. Arugula, flaxseed, and maca (called “Peruvian ginseng” because of its natural stimulating qualities, which are similar to the benefits found in the commonly known ginseng-related herbs) support your estrogen levels. Cinnamon effectively stabilizes blood-sugar levels.
Excerpted from Cooking for Hormone Balance by Magdalena Wszelaki, HarperOne, 2018. Reprinted with permission.
1½ cups filtered water
1 cup loosely packed fresh arugula leaves or mixed greens, such as baby spinach, mizuna, or lettuce
½ ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
1 Medjool date, pitted
4 Brazil nuts
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp ghee
1 tbsp maca
1½ tbsp hemp seed
1 tsp freshly ground ginger root
1 tsp matcha green tea
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Dash of sea salt
Add all of the ingredients to a blender and purée until silky smooth.
- Serving Size: 1