Did you know that you can completely heal the negative side effects of PMS by eating according to your menstrual cycle?
The very accessible book, Woman Code, teaches just that and CHANGED MY LIFE! The author, Alisa Vitti, keeps it real...Drink too much on New Years? Overdose on cake at the office? Eat lots of fiber and take B vitamins the next day.
If you are craving sweets before you bleed, there’s a biological reason. So . . . make Healthy Period Brownies!
Vegan Gluten Free Sugar Free
Support your Luteal Phase (the phase between Ovulation and Menstruation) with foods rich in B Vitamins for progesterone production, Calcium + Magnesium (leafy greens) and Fiber. Combined, these foods stave off sugar cravings, fluid retention and support healthy elimination.
When baked, sweet potatoes get a boost of healthy, natural sugars to help with the dip in estrogen that occurs in the second half of the luteal phase. That dip is what contributes to irritability, especially if your desire to separate is not honored. Complex carbohydrates also stabilize serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain to prevent mood swings.
Fiber-packed quinoa helps your liver and large intestine flush estrogen more efficiently through the bowel, mitigating the effects of estrogen dominance.
These brownies are also packed with protein and healthy fats, no one would bat an eye if you eat them for breakfast.
I have vetted a lot of sweet potato brownie recipes and I’m happy to share this WINNER with you!
11/4 cups cooked quinoa
½ tsp baking soda
½ cup cacao powder
½ cup maple syrup (Grabe B for more nutrients)
2 chia eggs (2 tbsp ground chia seed mixed with ⅜ cup water)
⅜ cup unsalted tahini
⅜ cup mashed cooked sweet potato
¼ cup melted coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp allspice
½ tsp sea salt
⅜ cup chopped dairy-free dark chocolate (85%) - I love HU and Honey Mama's brands
Place all ingredients (except nuts and chocolate) in a food processor. Blitz until a smooth batter is formed. Stir through nuts and chocolate. Pour mix into a parchment-lined brownie tray (eg. 8x8 inches). Bake for around 30 minutes. When completely cooled, remove carefully from tray and cut into squares. Frost the brownies if desired.
Brownies can be stored refrigerated in an airtight container. Freeze for longer storage and defrost as needed.
Chocolate Frosting Method
In a small pan over low-medium heat, combine all ingredients and mix well. When incorporated (smooth and glossy) remove pan from heat and frost the brownies directly.
Extra frosting can be stored covered in the refrigerator.
Share your brownies with your girlfriends and tag @My.Moon.Malas