Hormone balancing smoothie

Have you ever heard of Pregnenolone? Until very recently I hadn’t, and after finding out about it I couldn’t believe I’d never heard of it before.

Pregnenolone is known as the Mother Hormone, because all hormones are made from it.  So your progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, DHE, adrenaline, androgen, aldosterone, steroids and neurosteroids are all made from pregnenolone. So supporting this is an excellent way to clear your skin if a hormone imbalance is the cause (which I often find is the case). Also, if you read my article on adrenal fatigue (if not, you can find it here, that is also where I promised to give you this recipe, and here it is) you will know how stress and the 21st century are almost guaranteed to deplete your adrenal system and generally put strain on your entire endocrine system. So besides taking many pricey supplements, what can you do?

Luckily, the answer is a delicious smoothie. This recipe was developed by Jane McKenzie, a Regenerative Nutrition Consulting Pharmacist who can be found at Weleda in Bryanston and who is very knowledgable on this topic and many others (http://green-consultant.co.za) and it really is like having dessert for breakfast.

The ingredients are:
Bee pollen
Coconut milk
Coconut oil
Cacao powder
Maca
Vanilla powder
Cashews (never consume more that 4 handfuls per week)
Coconut flesh
Banana
Goji berry (could also be added to the tea blend)
Coconut blossom sugar or Honey

Tea blend (heat water to 60-65 degrees C):
Tulsi
Hops
Red clover
Dandelion
Stinging Nettle
Chamomile
Saw Palmetto (especially for men)
Rosehip

If you have ever made a smoothie you will have an idea of how much of each of these to blend together to get the flavour and consistency you like. If you have not, now’s a great time to experiment, as the tasty ingredients make it hard to flop.

A quick note on making the process as seamless as possible…I premix all the herbs that are to be made into the tea in a large mason jar and just scoop out a heaped tablespoon and brew it as I begin making the smoothie. I also premix all the powders into a large jar and scoop out what’s necessary for the blend. This saves a lot of time and hassle of fetching, opening, closing and putting away multiple containers. You can adapt the recipe to your personal taste.

I also add: cinnamon, pineapple, sweet molasses, honey (which, amongst many other things, also contains digestive enzymes), peanut butter, strawberries, baobab powder, wheat germ, nutritional yeast, chaga mushrooms, chia seeds, cayenne pepper, ground flax, hemp and pumpkin seeds to mine. This smoothie is a great way to rebuild your body, reduce stress and slow ageing.

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Megan

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