Food to eat during your period
We think Italian legend Sophia Loren was onto something when she famously said spaghetti was the reason for her success.
Pasta is the ultimate comfort food, and the perfect meal to eat during your period.
Imagine warm bowls of steaming spaghetti covered in vitamin C rich fresh tomato sauce, basil and antioxidant heavy garlic with lashing of olive oil and cracked pepper. OMG - oh and don't forget the cheese!
Maintaining a healthy diet is always important but it's especially important during your period.
Blood contains iron, and while you don't lose a lot of blood, (about four tablespoons) eating iron-rich food is really good for you.
Luna loves lists. Here's a list of foods to eat during your period:
- Leafy greens - spinach, kale and broccoli are your friends. These are also good options for vegans and vegetarians who don't want to replace depleted iron with meat. Couple these greens with vitamin C rich foods to aid iron absorption, and you're onto a winner
- Bananas - delicious (need we say more), okay apart from being delicious they are low in calories and high in Vitamin B6, potassium and magnesium, which can help to reduce water retention and bloating. Bananas are also good sources of fibre, which keep you regular
- Salmon - high in omega-3 fatty acids, this favourite of the magnificent grizzly bear is a great food option to consume during Shark Week. Vegan and vegetarian omega-3 options include walnuts and avocados. If you like fish, why not combine all three? Mmm...we smell a recipe brewing
- Chocolate - hormones, hormones can wreck havoc on your body before and during your period, and can make your crave sweet, sugary treats. The higher the cocoa content, the healthier chocolate is. If you don't like dark bitter chocolate, try an option that isn't loaded with heaps of refined sugar
- Red meat - for those who enjoy a good steak or lamb shank, eating red meat during your period can be a godsend. Many girls crave meat before they start their periods. If you suffer from constipation during your period, limit the amount of meat you consume and add some bananas and wholegrains into your diet
- Turmeric - nature's perfect anti-inflammatory (garlic is pretty good too), turmeric is an amazing plant. Make a turmeric latte by adding ground, dried turmeric to soy, almond, goat or cows milk and heat over a stove, allow to simmer not boil. It will help relieve period cramps and inflammation. Be careful with turmeric powder, it stains and it doesn't come out
- Ginger - a close cousin to turmeric, ginger is another amazing natural remedy, which has fantastic anti-nausea properties. Some girls complain of nausea during their periods, much like morning sickness, this is down to the surge of hormones. Try sipping a brew of freshly sliced ginger, mint, lemon wedges and hot water to settle your tummy.
What Luna's go-to period food?
Peanut better almond milk smoothie
- Smooth peanut butter (2 tablespoons, okay maybe 3, what?? I'm on my period!)
- Almond milk (two cups)
- Oats (1/2 cup)
- Bananas (we prefer fresh)
- Ice (to chill as we like fresh bananas)
Combine all ingredients together, blend and enjoy. Yummm.
Luna is here to make this experience positive and fun (ya fun) for you. We've got your back, and know you’ve got this too!
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