This hormone-balancing salad is a delcious fall and winter salad. I have made this salad for multiple family occasions, and everyone raves about how delicious it is. Not only is it delicious, but it is packed full of powerful cruciferous veggies like kale, Brussel sprouts, and cabbage. These vegetables are a potent hormone detoxifier to help with hormone balance.
This post will also teach you about how to support your hormone balance and how to spot a hormone imbalance called Estrogen Dominance.
Our hormones are supposed to work in unison. But sometimes, when things go out of balance due to our lifestyle and eating habit, we can have an access amount of estrogen in our bodies. Creating imbalances in our body and lead to something called Estrogen Dominance.
Estrogen Dominance is where the balance of progesterone and estrogen come out of balance, and there is an excess amount of estrogen in the body.
Possible Signs of Estrogen Dominance:
- Increase in PMS symptoms
- Uterine fibroids
- Decreased libido
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Fat gain around the abdomen and on the top of the thighs.
What Causes Estrogen Dominance?
Sometimes estrogen dominance can be a complex issue depending on each individual. But here are some general causes.
- Use of synthetic estrogens such as the birth control pill and hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
- Too much stress
- A low-fiber diet with excess refined carbohydrates
- Impaired immune function
- Environmental agents like xenoestrogens
What can you do to Decrease Estrogen Dominance?
- Increase nutrients in the diet. Look into a whole foods multi.
- Remember to get enough fiber. To help eliminate estrogens from the digestive tract.
- Get regular exercise. Especially strength training with weights.
- Detoxify your liver: An overloaded liver from an environment of chemicals decreases its capacity to cleanse the blood of estrogen is compromised. Here is my post on liver cleansing.
- Decrease stress– Use simple mindfulness techniques to reduce stress levels.
- Contact your naturopath. To see if bioidentical hormones can help.
Back to this recipe!!
The Hormone Balancing superfoods in this recipe are:
- Kale – Helps supports liver detoxification of estrogens.
- Brussel sprouts– Helps supports liver detoxification of estrogens.
- Buttercup squash– It’s soluble fiber helps absorb toxins and unneeded cholesterol and estrogens.
- Lemon– Helps detoxify the liver to help support hormone balance.
- Olive Oil– May balance a hormone that affects appetite and digestion.
I hope you love this recipe as much as my family does!
If you have any hormone questions or think you have estrogen dominance and would like to book a session with me. Feel free to reach out.
Yields 4 servings
A delicious fall and winter salad that will nourish you body and help balance your hormones. Packed with plant power you will want to make this recipe over and over again.
50 minTotal Time
- 1 large Lacinato Kale
- 8-10 Brussel Sprouts
- 1 cup Shredded Red Cabbage
- 1 1/2 Cups Cubed Buttercup Squash
- 3/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
- MAPLE PECANS
- 1 cup Chopped Pecans
- 1/8 cup Maple Syrup
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- Pinch of Cayenne
- 1/3 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon
- 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
- 1 Clove Of Garlic Minced
- 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1/2 Tbsp Grainy Dijon
- pinch of cayenne
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Peel and cube your butternut squash into bite sized cubes. Approx 1/2 of a small squash.
- Put cubed squash onto a lined parchment paper cooking sheet. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon, olive oil, and salt.
- Place in oven and bake for 10-12 mins until a fork can go into them easily.
- Also place your pecan pieces in the oven and let roast until golden brown for approx 5-7 mins.
- While pecans are roasted, place 1/8 cup maple syrup, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and pinch of cayenne into a small sauce pan.
- Bring maple syrup to just a boil when pecan pieces are coming out of the oven.
- Pour pecan pieces into the maple syrup mixture.
- Turn off heat and stir.
- Pour Pecans back onto cookie sheet, spread them out, and let cool.
- Shred kale, Brussel sprouts, and cabbage. You can use a food processor with the slicing blade or slice thinly by hand.
- TO MAKE DRESSING
- Add lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, maple syrup and grainy mustard to a bowl. Whisk.
- TO ASSEMBLE
- Put kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cranberries, buttercup squash, and maple pecans into a large salad bowl.
- Pour dressing on just before serving and mix.
Use fresh lemon juice. I have made it with store bought and it isn't the same as fresh.