There’s no better way to pack in a ton of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than by enjoying a gorgeous green smoothie.

When it comes to postmenopausal nutrition and balancing missing hormones, it becomes more important than ever to focus on nutrient status, getting plenty of healthy fats (to boost hormone production) and clean protein.

Let’s look at what to include in your green smoothie:

Dark leafy greens have blood-purifying chlorophyll, they support improved circulation due to their many heart-healthy nutrients(including naturally occurring nitrates). Better circulation may help prevent vaginal dryness and increase blood flow to the genital area.

  • greens are rich in vitamin E, magnesium, and calcium, which are supportive of muscle tone so vaginal muscles may benefit.

Avocado is a wonderful source of healthy fats, vitamin B-6, and potassium which work to boost libido, boost estrogen levels and support natural lubrication.

Probiotics help balance pH levels, introduce “good” bacteria and help ward off yeast infections.  Good gut flora is also known to support good mood!  Win/Win!

Unsweetened cranberry juice is full of antioxidants that can help prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall. Studies showthat cranberries can be especially beneficial in preventing UTIs in women with recurrent or recent UTI issues.

Berries are another great source of antioxidants.  The fiber in these fruits makes them a great choice for adding sweetness that doesn’t have such a big impact on blood sugar.

Flaxseed meal is a rich source of fiber that helps balance hormones and regulate bowel movements.

Liquid stevia is a natural sweetener that doesn’t spike blood sugar or trigger candida.  A few drops are all that’s needed to lightly sweeten any beverage.

The recipe:

1 cup baby spinach

½ avocado, pit and skin removed

½ cup unsweetened cranberry juice

1 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries, raspberries or cherries

1 ½ cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon flaxseed meal

A few drops of liquid stevia

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.  Enjoy!