One of the first steps towards improving symptoms of PCOS is often diet and lifestyle changes. A balanced diet has been shown to lower inflammation and stabilize blood sugar levels. With so many foods to choose from, knowing what foods to incorporate into your diet can be difficult. That's why we are sharing PCOS friendly recipes to help simplify meal time.
Simona, our health coach, created this Refreshing Summer Smoothie recipe that's filled with antioxidants! It takes only five ingredients to make this recipe, and you can easily add more flavors to it with just a few modifications, which we are going to discuss in this article!
Keep reading for the full recipe…
What you need to make this recipe
First, let’s go over the five ingredients you will need to make this smoothie and how they can benefit your overall health.
- Banana: Bananas are a great addition to those with PCOS because of its potassium level and low glycemic index.
- Yogurt: Yogurt is a great way to include probiotics and protein in your diet if you can tolerate dairy products. Greek yogurt is also rich in vitamin D, which can help alleviate PCOS symptoms.
- Peaches: For a high quality source of fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants, peaches are great to support your immune system.
- Flax seeds: For a boost of protein, fiber, and omega-3s, flax seeds are a great option and provide yummy, nutty taste.
- Granola: Since granola contains oats, the soluble fiber helps aid in digestion. It is also an excellent source of complex carbohydrates! For additional nutrition, choose granola that contains whole grains and seeds.
- Almond milk: Rich in vitamin E and healthy fats, nut milks are the perfect addition to anyone following a dairy-free diet. Simona recommends purchasing almond milk that is fortified with vitamin D.
Other ways to make this recipe
You can always swap out any ingredients in recipes to suit your personal taste! Below are a few alternative ingredients that you can try:
- Add maple syrup or honey for more sweetness
- Try using blueberries or raspberries instead of peach
- Replace almond milk with cow's milk, oat milk, or coconut milk
- Add your choice of nut butter for more protein and healthy fat
- Include 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder
- Use a plant-based yogurt for a dairy-free option
- Add a handful of spinach to sneak in leafy greens
How to make this recipe
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup frozen peaches
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
- ⅓ cup granola (for topping)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and top with granola.