Flax is a terrific addition to add to your breakfast smoothie for the phytoestrogen benefits for menopausal symptoms. They also contain omega 3 fats, along with extra fiber and the protein you require to start your day!
One tablespoon of ground flax has 36 calories, 1.8 g of ALA omega 3, 2.2 grams of fiber, and 1.6 g of protein. There is no taste in smoothies. Although this recipes calls for only 1, I usually add two tablespoons of ground flax to my smoothies. However, because of the fiber content, you may want to start at only ½ tablespoon per day and work your way up.
It also is packed full of lignans, vitamins and minerals such as folate, vitamin E, vitamin B-6, copper, zinc, magnesium, and more potassium than approx. seven bananas.
Besides acting as antioxidants, lignans are phytoestrogens — active substances derived from plants that mimic the action of estrogen hormones in the body. Research shows the potential of lignans for treating menopausal symptoms without traditional drugs and reducing the risk of hormone-sensitive cancers of the breast, prostate, and endometrium. Studies have shown that they may decrease the risk of breast cancer, as well as minimize cancer symptoms, and reduce the spread and growth of breast cancer after diagnosis. Lignans also possess powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties associated with a lower risk of artery-clogging plaques. Lignans also have been found effective in lowering the risk of type 1 and 2 diabetes.
This smoothie is a great one to use if you need to have a full meal on the go, the protein will help keep you feeling full. If you want to up the protein even more, toss in some ground almonds.
‘Power Surge’ Breakfast
½ cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
1 banana, peeled
1 Tbsp. flax seed, golden preferred, add more as required for phytoestrogens
2 scoops protein powder
¼ cup unsweetened vanilla flavor almond milk
1 cup of cold water
Place ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Makes 2 servings.
Per Serving: Calories: 194, Protein 20.2 g, Fat: 4.7 g, Sugar: 9.2 g, Fiber: 6 g, Cholesterol: 60 mg