Menopause Recipes to Boost Metabolism
July 18, 2012|
By Sara Chana, IBCLC
Black Strap Molasses is one of my favorite super foods for woman of all ages, and especially for women during and after menopause. It is inexpensive and lasts forever. One tablespoon packs a powerful punch of vitamins and minerals! Molasses is rich in iron, calcium and magnesium (which every woman needs especially during and after menopause) and also has manganese, copper, potassium. Iron provides energy and boosts metabolism. Molasses can be used to makes a quick and nutritious morning drink that can get the tiredness out of your body and give you the morning boost you need to the best you can be.
My favorite recipe is simple and only takes a few minutes to prepare:
1 Tablespoon Black Strap Molasses
1 Tablespoon organic honey
Hot water (in the summer you can also have this drink iced)
Splash of rice, almond, or hemp milk to color
Besides giving energy to the body black strap molasses also helps with: fibroids, anemia, anxiety, constipation, arthritic pain and heart palpitations. It also been purported to help to turn gray hair back to its original color (possible due to the copper content, as copper deficiency can lead to prematurely gray hair).
Tofu is made out of soybeans and is shaped into a white block. Tofu is low in fat and cholesterol yet high in protein. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, foods containing soy, like tofu, contain isoflavones, which can reduce menopause symptoms and help ameliorate mood swings and vaginal dryness and hot flashes. Isoflavones are phytoestrogens, or plant-derived estrogens. Isoflavones have a chemical structure that is similar to the estrogens
naturally produced by the body. Phytoestrogens are also foods such as garlic, onions, and all sorts of seeds which can also help balance a woman’s body during menopause.
Creamy garlic tofu dip
This dip is full of phytoestrogens and will help balance a woman in a tasteful way. Tastes great served with rye, spelt or rice crackers. This is easy to snack on at work or in between meals as a ‘pick-me-up.’
1 14-oz tub of soft or silken tofu
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
10 leaves of baby spinich
2 Tbsp sunflower seeds
2 cloves garlic
½ tsp dry mustard
½ tsp sea salt
Place sunflower seeds and garlic and baby spinach in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds. Add remaining ingredients and mix on low speed for one minute. Eat immediately or put into refrigerator and store for later use.
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