Is it that time of the month? Do you feel bloated and icky? Well, I found a few tips in Oxygen that I had to share about feeling your best at that time of the month. I found out that boosting your intake of foods rich in thiamin (vitamin B-1) and riboflavin (B2) can reduce the likelihood of developing PMS. In Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet book she talks about women who crave chocolate during their menstrual cycle. This is the body telling you that it needs calcium and magnesium. If you must eat chocolate then eat dark chocolate that is 75% more in cocoa mass. This is the most nutritious kind of chocolate. Just remember that it is still chocolate so eat in moderation if you want to drop those pounds. Here are a list of foods that are high in Thiamin and Riboflavin to help curb those cravings.
Thiamin: Sunflower seeds, legumes, peas, nuts, asparagus.
Riboflavin: Milk, eggs, almonds, low-fat yogurt, and soybeans.
I eat a lot of these things already so we shall see if it keeps my moody self in check!!
Oh and for those pesky little cravings for chocolate and all that bad stuff here are a few tips.
When the urge to splurge gets you, grab a cup of green tea and leave the house. Green tea helps your body burn extra calories during the day. Keep your hands busy, go outside and take a walk, fold laundry or call a friend on the phone. Have a 1/2 cup of greek yogurt with berries if you feel the need for ice cream. Bake some cookies that are made with protein powder or clean ingredients and keep on hand for those attacks. Don't let them become an everyday occurance.
Protein Packed Ice Cream
5 egg whites
1 scoop whey protein powder, flavor of your choice
1-2 packets stevia
Peanut Butter Cups
1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
1 tbsp all natural pb
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1-2 packets stevia
4 oz water
For the ice cream, place egg whites in a mixing bowl. Use a handheld electric mixer to beat them into stiff peaks. Fold in the whey. Add sweetner to taste. Freeze for at least 1 hour (longer if you have time).
Meanwhile, make the peanut butter cups by blending all the ingredients together in a blender. Divide peanut butter mixtrue into round muffin tins, filling about 3/4 full. Place muffin tin in freezer and let freeze for about an hour or until firm. When ready to eat, scoop ice cream into a bowl and top with 2 peanut butter cups!
This recipe sounds awesome, I can't wait to try it! This might have to be my pms splurge! They say it tastes just like reeses peanut butter cups and its packed with muscle building protein.