You Can Balance Hormones, Brighten Skin, and Boost Mood With This 1 Diet

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No matter what your health goal is, there's likely a meal plan that can help you achieve it. And while eating for hormone health differs from person to person, there are a few hard and fast rules nutritionists can all agree on. Case in point: Nutrition practitioner and esthetician Megan Kelly's list of hormone-balancing foods, which includes clean protein, healthy fats, antioxidant-rich vegetables, and healing herbs.

"Who doesn't want a rocking reproductive system, balanced hormones, and glowing skin?" she writes for Mindbodygreen. "If we don't eat foods with the nutrients we need, our body cannot produce hormones correctly or maintain hormonal balance because it doesn't have the building blocks to do so." Kelly recommends choosing one food from each category below for a hormone-balancing, skin-brightening, mood-boosting breakfast, lunch, or dinner:

Clean Protein

  • Soaked or sprouted nuts
  • Beans
  • Seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Lentils
  • Organic pasture-raised/grass-fed chicken, turkey, beef, bison, elk, pasture-raised eggs
  • Wild caught fish

Healthy Fats

Coconut oil, avocados, raw butter or ghee, egg yolks, nuts, and seeds all contain the "raw material that we need to produce and maintain proper hormone function," explains Kelly. These foods are at the bedrock of hormone health.

Healing Spices +Herbs

  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Cayenne
  • Cumin
  • Garlic
  • Ginger

Antioxidant-Rich Vegetables

Dark green vegetables, like asparagus, broccoli, spinach, collard greens, cabbage, cucumbers, kale, and cilantro all fall into this category. You can also opt to "eat the rainbow" by filling up on green, red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, red cabbage, red and white onions, tomatoes, and carrots. Finally, don't forget about starchy vegetables: Sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, yucca, beets, artichokes, butternut squash, and turnips all fit the bill.

For breakfast, this recipe for a Turkish egg and quinoa breakfast bowl checks all of the boxes, while this salmon and slaw salad is perfect for lunch. Finally, coconut lime curry chicken with rice noodles contains the protein, fats, and potent spices to round out the day. 

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