I know how you people adore my ashwagandha recipes (ever since I started blogging, they always rank the highest!) so I thought we should have one to celebrate the summer.
And what better way to celebrate the summer than a lovely smoothie!
(If you’re thinking – well, ice cream would be better; you can easily turn this smoothie into an ice cream. Just adjust the amount of bananas you use to get the thicker texture for a nice cream!)
Now, to the star of the recipe: ashwagandha.
So, to keep it short – ashwagandha is an amazing adaptogen, helping your body deal with stress or giving you a boost of energy when you need it. It adapts to what you need at the moment, and if that’s not the magic of Mother Nature right there, I don’t know what is!
Ashwagandha also nurtures your hormones and helps you establish a healthy menstrual cycle.
Whenever you feel like you’re lacking balance, adding ashwagandha to your eating world will benefit you greatly.
One thing to remember, though, is that healing herbs work gently. Meaning, you’ll need to include ashwagandha into your life for at least a few months to clearly see benefits for your menstrual cycle. The reason it takes roughly 3 months is that a follicle has a life span of around 100 days, translating to 3 menstrual cycles. Which means, only after 3 cycles will you experience the follicles that were nourished with ashwagandha through their entire life span.
Side note; this applies to any herb you add to your routine for nurturing your hormones. Learn all about that in Self-Love, Period.
Other ingredient that is absolutely hormone loving are chia seeds – we need omega-3 fatty acids to function well and chia seeds are packed with those!
As far as playing with the recipe goes, you can use any milk you want – or even add some yoghurt. If you want to add a different kind of fiber, try using zucchini instead of one banana. And of course, you can use maca powder here too – it tastes amazing, adding a bit of an earthy flavor.
If you need a convenient smoothie blender, Nutribullet is a great option – can’t go wrong with it.
– Ashwagandha: antioxidants, helps restore balance, fights stress, does wonders for our mental and physical health
– Bananas: potassium, magnesium, B6, vitamin C, fiber
– Peanut Butter: rich in protein, magnesium, vitamin E, fatty acids, several B vitamins, manganese and copper
– Cinnamon: antioxidants, manganese, calcium, iron, several more vitamins, minerals and fiber
Peanut Butter Ashwagandha Smoothie
Hormone balancing smoothie
- 2 tbsp chia seeds grounded
- 2/2.5 cups oat milk or any other milk you love, amount depends on your desired consistency
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp ashwagandha powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
First, add chia seeds to your food processor and ground them.
Add the rest of ingredients and blend until smooth.