There is something so glorious about the first few days of spring. It's like your whole brain and body start awakening, making you feel so alive.
This is exactly what it feels like after you have your period and you transition into your follicular phase. Our body gets to be in a spring-like state every month!
Your follicular phase is right after your period ends and lasts for 7-10 days.
Your body is craving light and fresh foods, so smoothies and salads are great to have! Fill up on fermented foods as well like kimchi, kefir, and sauerkraut. You'll fill your belly with good bacteria, enhancing your energy and a clear complexion.
As your energy steadily increases, your body is also looking for new opportunities. Test your boundaries with a new workout class, head to an event you'd normally say no to, and take one step forward on something you've been scared to put in motion.
With spring just around the corner on March 20, you'll love these three recipe ideas to cycle sync your follicular phase. You'll want to save them on your Pinterest board so you can refresh your memory at the start of each month!
CARROT ENERGY BALLS
In the beginning of your follicular phase, you may notice your energy levels are still a bit low. This is perfectly normal!
Which is why these energy balls contain a secret ingredient 😊
This medicinal mushroom boosts stamina and endurance, and will give you the pep you need before a new workout.
These balls are packed with other superfoods like goji berries, mulberries, raw honey, and carrots.
The carrots make up the base and their water content makes them so moist and easy to roll together. Your blood sugar will remain stable with the protein and healthy fats from nuts like brazil nuts and pecans. Just 2-3 brazil nuts a day can give you your daily needs of selenium, which promotes a healthy thyroid (regulates your metabolism).
The pumpkin seeds add zinc into your diet for a healthy cycle and hair follicles.
1/2 lb. carrots
1 1/2 tbsp. maca powder (great for hormone balancing and boosting stamina)
2 tbsp. sprouted* pumpkin seeds
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 brazil nuts
2 tbsp. sprouted* pecans
1 tbsp. goji berries
1 tbsp. mulberries
1/2 tbsp. cordyceps powder
1 tbsp. raw honey
*Sprouting your nuts can make them easier to digest. To sprout, grab a mason jar and fill half way with water. Add desired amount of nuts. I usually do 1/2 cup so I can reuse during the week as toppings to smoothie bowls! Cover with a paper towel and allow to sit overnight. In the morning, drain the water and store in the mason jar for a week in your fridge.
1. In a food processor, add carrots, nuts, and berries. Pulse until well mixed. You may need to stop and mix with a spoon before grinding again.
2. Transfer mixture into a medium size bowl and add cordyceps, cinnamon, and maca. Mix well.
3. Add raw honey and mix well.
4. Using a spoon, scoop out a portion. Roll into a ball with your hands.
5. Place ball in a glass storing container, and continue making all 12 balls.
Best enjoyed before a workout! Store in the fridge for a week, or in the freezer for a quick grab and go option.
RASPBERRY BUCKWHEAT COCONUT PARFAIT
This parfait is a perfect midmorning snack! The coconut yogurt is loaded with probiotics, which your belly needs to make happy hormones. Grab your wine glass and get ready to indulge!
1/2 cup raspberries
1 cup coconut yogurt (I like the yogurt from GT's CocoYo. It's nondairy and has way more probiotics than your typical yogurt!)
1/2 cup buckwheat granola (my go to is Living Intentions Superfood Cereal. The kind I used was Fig, Flax, & Fiber since it also contains prebiotic fiber. This feeds your good bacteria! You can learn more about the difference between probiotics and prebiotics with the Happy Gut Health Guide.)
1. In a wine glass, add a spoonful or two of coconut yogurt.
2.. Add a dash of buckwheat granola and a few raspberries.
3. Keep layering until one glass has half the ingredients.
4. Repeat with the second serving.
Share with a friend or coworker!
SPINACH DANDELION CHICKEN SALAD
Your body is going to feel so light and fresh with this salad! The dandelion greens are great for cleansing your liver and you'll get even more probiotics with the side of kimchi.
2 cups spinach
1 cup dandelion greens
2 chopped scallions
Sauteed onions in garlic
Basil infused grilled chicken
2-3 sliced strawberries
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tbsp. hempseeds
Dressing out of lemon and ACV
Side of kimchi
1. To grill or bake the chicken, mix one tablespoon of olive oil with lemon and chopped basil. Brush onto chicken and bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. You can grill too!
2. In a pan over medium heat, saute onions with minced garlic.
3. Add all other vegetables to a bowl and mix well.
4. Add chicken, onions, and lightly dress with fresh lemon and apple cidar vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste.