If there’s two things I love, it’s hormone balancing recipes and fall foods. As you can imagine, combining the two really gets me going, LOL. And if you feel somewhat of the same way…well then you’re really going to love this post. In it I’ve included my favorite hormone balancing recipes for fall along with plenty of tips you can use to apply to all of your meals, so that they taste amazing and work to optimize your hormones, health and life as a result.
There’s no way around it, what we choose to eat and cook can dramatically impact our hormones (and how we feel, look and live) as a result.
This is because the nutrients we derive from food are the raw building blocks that make up our hormones. Our hormones utilize these macro and micronutrients to synthesize and produce more hormones, as well as communicate effectively with one another.
Because this requirement is vast (especially for women in their reproductive years depending on where you’re at in your cycle), the more we can incorporate a variety of real, nutrient-dense foods into our diet, the easier we can meet these needs, which ultimately equates to balanced hormones and a symptom-free menstrual cycle.
For an ultimate guide on the most effective foods to eat for natural hormone balance and optimal overall health, check out this post.
Or for one month’s worth of hormone balancing recipes and tips to help you eat the most optimal foods for each phase of your menstrual cycle, check out this plan.
Opting for local, high quality foods (such as organic produce, grass-fed and pasture-raised meat and poultry, wild-caught seafood, etc.) ensures you’re cooking with food free of hormone-disrupting pesticides, hormones and antibiotics, while optimizing the flavor and nutrient-density factor of your recipes.
One of my go-to tips for clients is to read as many ingredient labels as you can when purchasing foods. The less ingredients, the better. The longer the ingredient list (especially with a ton of weird additives you can’t pronounce) the more likely they are to have processed oils, sugar and shelf-stabilizing chemicals that mess with hormone balance.
If you’re a woman in your reproductive years, your nutrient needs change due to hormone fluctuations based on where you’re at in your menstrual cycle (i.e. you need more iron during your period due to blood loss, etc.). Rotating in a variety of foods during each phase helps to meet these needs as well as optimize gut health (which is directly linked to hormone balance).
One of the simplest and most effective swaps you can make to optimize your meals and hormone health is to replace any inflammatory vegetable oils (canola, grape seed, sunflower, safflower, etc.) with unrefined cooking oils like avocado oil, coconut oil, grass-fed ghee or butter and extra virgin olive oil. This also means avoiding these oils in any packaged foods your purchase (i.e. read those ingredient labels)!
When cooking any recipe, think of how you can “add in” other ingredients to up both the flavor and hormone balance factor (i.e. adding in spices, fresh herbs, a new vegetable, etc.). It’s much more fun then thinking of what you “can’t have” and it’s a great way to sneak in more nutrients your hormones need.
This creamy corn + bacon chowder is hearty, cozy, comforting and loaded with hormone-balancing ingredients to boot! You’ll want to eat it all season long.
Author: Lauren Chambers
Recipe Type: Entree, soup, dinner, meal
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Makes great leftovers!
I’m honored to support you on your journey to optimal hormone health + happiness. Thanks for being here babe.