An Estrogen Detox Salad- it’s all in the fibre
Use spiralized veggies to increase the amount of fibre and veggies in your diet in a delicious way. Spiralizing your veg is also a time-saver; it’s much easier than tedious chopping!
I love to add spiralized beets, squash, zucchini, and carrots to my meals and create delicious recipes.
I had an irresistible craving for an Asian-inspired salad and came up with this estrogen detox salad. Seasonal mangoes and zucchini noodles (instead of pasta) just had to be in the dish. I found happiness in my first bite… it tasted exactly how I envisioned and I was totally satisfied.
Though you can enjoy this salad any time (except during your period; we recommend more warm food) this recipe provides ideal support for your body during the ovulatory phase.
During the 4-5 day period when you’re ovulating, supply your body with lots of fibre and specific nutrients to aid in estrogen detox. This will help prevent symptoms of estrogen dominance later on in the month. This shows up as PMS, bloating and even a heavier period, fibroids or cysts. Simply Eating For Your Cycle can do your body a world of good!
Here’s why this estrogen detox salad is so good for your hormones
When eaten raw, Carrots and Zucchini provide fibre that helps you detox and remove ‘bad estrogen’ from the body.
If you have high levels of heavy metals, your cortisol may run high and impact your fertility. Cilantro can help you out here!
Sunflower seeds are a little known fertility superfood. The Vitamin B6 inside supports progesterone levels which is key for conception and prevents PMS. Studies have shown that B6 even helps women ease into their menopausal years! In addition, sunflower seeds provide you with Vitamin E, a helpful antioxidant (you can’t get enough antioxidant foods!). Healthy fats from sources like nuts and seeds is an essential building block for hormones, and it helps you feel satiated from your meal.
Try my estrogen detox salad out, I’d love to hear your feedback!
- 2 medium zucchini, spiralized
- 3 large carrots, spiralized
- 1 mango, green or ripe, sliced thin
- 1 handful Thai basil, stems removed, sliced thin
- 1 handful cilantro, stems removed, chopped
- 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds
- 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/3 cup sesame oil
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp Chinese 5 Spice powder
- 2 tsp ginger, grated
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- sea salt to taste
- In a large bowl, combine all the salad ingredients except the sunflower seeds.
- Add all the dressing ingredients to a mason jar, shake to combine. Pour over salad.
- For the best flavour, allow the salad to maranate in the dressing for at least an hour.
- To serve, top the salad with sunflower seeds and 20-30 grams of protein of choice. I like chicken or cod.
Pin it for an easy weeknight dinner!
Photos by Sarah Steffens of Savor & Fancy
Sarah Steffens is a Personal Chef based in Los Angeles. She specializes in Paleo, Autoimmune, and Whole30 cooking and believes food is the starting ground for practicing kindness to one’s body, mind and spirit. She shares recipes and kitchen tips at Savor & Fancy.