Hi, there! I’m Kat Merryfield, the Founder and CEO of Kat’s Naturals.
I know how discouraging it can be to suffer from hormonal imbalance and all its symptoms. For over 15 years, I’ve been helping people boost their health and wellness, and hormones have always been a top issue.
But if you’re looking for hormone balancing recipes that are proven to work, you’ve come to the perfect place! Eating the right foods is one of the best ways to experience hormonal balance.
From fruits to spices, there are many nutritious ingredients that can make you feel good again. And when you add Activated Hemp into the mix, you enhance your hormonal health even more.
Activated Hemp—an edible form of CBD—is one of those few foods that not only benefits your hormones but also enhances the benefits of what it’s combined with.
So if you follow the hormone balancing recipes in this article, you can see real results. All it takes is a willingness to get in the kitchen and have some fun cooking delicious dishes.
If that sounds good to you, it’s time to get started!
- Berry Smoothie
- Pesto Pasta Salad
- Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette
- Marinated Kale Salad
- Dark Magic
- Banana Chia Seed Smoothie
- Jalapeno Low Carb Bagel Bites
- Low Carb Breakfast Cookies
- Rice Krispy Treats
- Mint Julep Mocktail
Drinking the Berry Smoothie is a perfect way to kickstart your morning to make you feel good! Packed with hormone balancing foods, this smoothie is nutritious, owing to its wonderful ingredients.
A few standout foods in this blend are blueberries, MCT oil, Activated Hemp, and cinnamon.
Blueberries are high in flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamin C, and potassium. MCT oil is a healthy fat that delivers a boost of energy. Activated Hemp is excellent for sex, metabolic, and sleep hormones. And cinnamon helps reduce mood swings, aid weight loss, lower stress hormones, alleviate period cramps, and decrease hormonal skin flare-ups.
However, another great ingredient in this hormone balancing smoothie is the chia seeds. Just one-ounce serving (28 grams) contains:
- Fiber: 11 grams
- Protein: 4 grams
- Fat: 9 grams (5 of are Omega 3s)
- Manganese: 30% of RDI
- Magnesium: 30% RDI
- Phosphorus: 27% of RDI
So start your morning with this berry smoothie. Not only is it great for hormonal balance, but it’s also healthy and easy to make.
- Place chia seeds in a cup or jar. Add ½ cup of almond milk and stir thoroughly. (You can set the mixture aside for ten minutes or up to four days.)
- Transfer the mixture to a blender.
- Add blueberries, vanilla extract, MCT oil, and Activated Hemp.
- Blend until smooth, adding honey and cinnamon to taste
PESTO PASTA SALAD
This meal is great for 8-10 servings. It’s packed with nutritious ingredients, and it’s also perfect for gatherings, family dinners, or a solo meal that leads to leftovers. But to create this dish to perfection, there are a few things to keep in mind.
For this dish, I recommend using Orecchiette pasta because the shape helps hold all the sauce and goodies. Orecchiette means “little ear” in Italian and therefore creates a surface to hold sauce, but feel free to use the pasta of your preference.
However, if you choose to use Orecchiette pasta, please know that it tends to stick together. So when you’re tackling step two of this hormone balancing recipe, don’t rinse or oil your pasta after straining.
Rinsing removes the natural surface starch that enables sauce to stick, and oiling is a waste of time considering the amount of oil in your pesto. You don’t want to experience “oil overkill,” a common word in culinary school.
Also, for step three, use a bowl that’s big enough to mix everything and save on dishes! Once the pasta is chilled, it’ll be way easier to throw your tomatoes and mozzarella in if you’re using a large bowl.
Step five also requires a bit of attention. At this point, you’d typically check the salt and pepper to taste. However, since parmesan is naturally salty, any time I use this particular cheese, I always wait until the end to adjust the seasoning. There isn’t anything worse than having a perfect pesto ruined by overzealous seasoning.
Finally, when you’re ready to let the pasta sit, give the dish time for everything to meld together. Keep in mind that if you plan on serving this dish cold as opposed to room temperature, more seasoning and salt might be required. The tongue picks up on flavors based on temperature, and colder equals less responsive while warmer equals more flavor.
1 cup Orecchiette Pasta*
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup small (perlini) fresh mozzarella balls
½ cup fresh basil leaves, packed; blanch*
1 ½ cup fresh spinach, packed; blanch*
2 clove garlic
1 cup hemp hearts
2 tablespoons Activated Hemp
¼ cup shredded parmesan
1 cup hemp oil
Salt and pepper to taste*
- Bring salted* water to a boil for pasta.
- Boil the Orecchiette or your preferred pasta for approximately 10 minutes, until al dente’ (firm to the tooth), occasionally stirring to keep the pasta from cupping together. Then, strain and chill without rinsing or oiling pasta.
- Refrigerate pasta until completely cool.
- While the pasta is resting, bring a pot of salted water* to boil for blanching. Blanch your basil and spinach for about 30 seconds. Strain.
- Immediately move to an ice bath*. Squeeze out any residual water after the greens have completely cooled.
- In a food processor or Robot Coupe, add blanched greens, garlic, hemp hearts, Activated Hemp, parmesan, and hemp oil. Blend until emulsified.
- Combine Pesto with salad ingredients. I prefer to hand toss everything to make sure I break up any cupped pasta and have even distribution.
- Let the pasta salad sit for thirty minutes before double-checking seasoning.
- Blanching: I salt my vegetable or pasta water to taste “like the ocean.” By adding salt to your blanching, water prevents the enzyme reaction that will result in discoloration and vitamin loss. With pasta, I mostly salt for flavor. However, with green vegetables—like kale, spinach, and asparagus—blanching with salted water helps the food maintain a bright, beautiful color and diminishes bitterness while preventing the natural vitamins and minerals from being “cooked out.”
- Pasta: As previously stated, I prefer Orecchiette for salads. However, I have done a gluten-free version of this hormone balancing recipe with whatever gluten-free pasta was available. If you are preparing this for someone with food sensitivity, substituting pasta is absolutely possible but check your cheese. Parmesan, if it’s the cheaper variety, may or may not have a wheat stabilizer. Fresh Mozzarella is less of an issue. I have converted this hormone balancing recipe to gluten-free many times with no problem, but just be mindful of not only the pasta but the cheese stabilizers as well.
SESAME GINGER VINAIGRETTE
A refreshing and light vinaigrette, this salad dressing is great for lunch or dinner. This hormone balancing meal is packed with delicious and healthy ingredients, with the Activated Hemp and ginger having a positive influence on your hormonal health. But before you start cooking, there are two specific steps you should take to create the best vinaigrette possible.
First, I recommend getting a hand blender. They are reasonably priced and easy to clean. However, if you don’t have one, you can use a regular blender. I just wouldn’t turn the settings on high or do anything past medium. If the speed is too high, instead of emulsifying, the friction between the fat and acid will cause the oil and ingredients to heat up to the point of breaking your emulsification.
Second, keep in mind that depending on the quality of soy sauce you use, over-salting is something to look out for. You never want to eat a salty dish, so try to use a high-quality soy sauce or decrease the salt you sprinkle onto the meal.
With these tips in mind, you should have no problem creating Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette. Enjoy!
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons tamarind, concentrated
1 ½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
½ cup olive oil
4 teaspoons Activated Hemp
Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine the first seven ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Using an Immersion Blender (KitchenAid Hand Blender), slowly add olive oil until emulsified.
- Blend in Activated Hemp. If you feel your vinaigrette is too thick, add more lemon juice to taste.
- Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with marinated kale salad (find the recipe on the next page).
MARINATED KALE SALAD
I came up with the Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette after I returned from Hong Kong. Inspired by everything I had learned, I decided to challenge myself to come up with recipes and ways to eat things that I hate.
Let me introduce kale.
After trying several different cooking methods and ingredients, I was still unimpressed with this leafy green, so I started messing with raw kale. I found that marinating the leaves in a highly flavorful, acidic sauce for 8-24 hours helped bring out the best in what I previously considered a vile joke by Mother Nature.
However, this salad isn’t so much a formula as it is a list of ingredients and whatever I’m in the mood for. But the base is always kale, which is an excellent hormone balancing food.
This leafy green contains folate, which is B9, a crucial vitamin for hormonal health. Kale also contains substances that increase your liver’s ability to metabolize estrogen, which is crucial. Estrogen boosts the collagen in your body to keep your skin looking youthful and firm.
With so many benefits, you’re sure to love this marinated kale salad. But making this dish does require you to keep a few things in mind.
For example, I like to take a potato peeler and slice carrots for a pretty appearance. Also, for step two, I usually make a two-time batch of the vinaigrette because I like to marinate my salad with more (about a half batch) vinaigrette while having a half batch leftover for dressing spinach or marinating chicken. Additionally, for step three, I prefer to let the salad marinate for 24 hours.
Of course, these are just preferences, but I’d suggest using them if you want a tasty and delicious-looking marinated kale salad!
2-3 bunches of kale, stripped from the stem and torn (or 1-2 bags of precleaned kale)
1 bunch of radish, very thinly sliced (or 1 bag precut radish)
2-3 thinly sliced carrots
1 thinly sliced red onion
2 thinly sliced peppers (bell or sweet peppers)
1-2 cups pecans, toasted or spiced
1 package tortellini pasta (prepare per package instructions)
Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette
- Combine all ingredients except vinaigrette into a large Tupperware container and toss them together.
- Pour vinaigrette over vegetables and mix well with salad tongs or by hand.
- Marinate for at least eight hours.
- Toss salad to distribute ingredients and taste. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
- Kale: When figuring out how much salad you will need, keep in mind that your greens will wilt to about half their volume after marinating for 24 hours due to acidity breaking down the greens. If this meal is only for a couple of people, I’d get one bag of pre-cleaned kale. Then, you should have plenty to work with.
If you love baked goods, then Dark Magic is the treat for you. This dish is sweet but healthy and great for hormonal health. But to cook it correctly, you need to consider a few notes before heading into your kitchen.
For step one, I prefer to grease and line the bottom of my pans with parchment paper. However, if you don’t have any paper available, flouring after greasing is also acceptable.
Also, with regards to the wet ingredients that you’ll combine into this hormone balancing recipe, I prefer having the eggs, coffee, and buttermilk around the same temperature to create a more consistent mix. It’s not necessary for eggs and buttermilk to be at room temperature. I have baked many-a-cake with cold eggs. However, I have found that ingredients at a similar temperature result in a more uniform and consistent result.
Keeping these little notes in mind will ensure you experience the fullness and deliciousness of Dark Magic. So make sure you don’t overlook or skip the details. This hormone balancing recipe should be both tasty and great for hormonal balance!
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
¾ cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup brewed coffee (cooled to room temperature)
1 cup buttermilk
¾ cup Activated Hemp (packed)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 13×9 inch pan or two 9-inch round pans.
- Combine the first six ingredients in a large bowl with a whisk to break up all clumps.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients until well combined. Pour the mixture into the large bowl with dry ingredients.
- Use the whisk attachment of your stand mixer or hand mixer to combine all ingredients on medium speed for two minutes. If necessary, scrape the side of the bowl and mix for an additional 15-20 seconds.
- In a 3×9 inch pan, bake for 35-40 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean). In 9-inch round pans, bake for 30-35 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean).
- Top with buttercream icing or hemp seed buttercream icing.
BANANA CHIA SPINACH SMOOTHIE
Smoothies are the best way to pack in plenty of nutrients, especially if you’re always on the go, and the Banana Chia Spinach Smoothie is something that you’ll love to have on a busy day. You can grab a glass of this when you’re running out the door to work or the gym or rushing to drop your kids off at school.
I love this smoothie because I can chug it in the morning, and I don’t have to worry about getting sassy or hangry with my Sous Chef for at least four hours. I’m sure she appreciates it, too.
On a side note: I’m not a fan of ice in my smoothies, but I do throw a couple of frozen mango chunks in my blender to keep things chilled and have a little munch if I feel I might get hangry soon. The overall result is a smoothie that fills me up, makes me feel good, and keeps my hormones balanced.
- Place ingredients in a high-powered blender or Vitamix. Blend for 2 minutes until smooth.
- Divide and serve immediately.
- If you have an allergy or sensitivity to bananas, there are a couple of substitutes that you can use. Avocado or extra mango would be a proper solution. Also, frozen cauliflower florets will contribute to the same texture while adding a nice, nutty flavor to your smoothie.
JALAPENO LOW CARB BAGEL BITES
Bagel Bites that you get at the store are delicious, but they’re not the healthiest item to pick up. And if you want to experience hormonal balance, you need to put good foods into your body. However, that doesn’t mean the food has to be gross.
In fact, you can tweak some of your favorite foods to make them healthy meals, and that’s what inspired the Jalapeno Low Carb Bagel Bites. This hormone balancing recipe puts a nutritious twist on bagel bites and an emphasis on hormonal health by including Activated Hemp.
With just this one ingredient, you now have bagel bites that can help your metabolic, sleep, and sex hormones. Even better is that this recipe can work great for kids who need to balance their hormones but prefer to do it with tasty, fun foods.
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.
- Chop and deseed the jalapeno peppers. Slice a few thin circles and set them aside for the decoration.
- In a bowl, mix the almond flour, Activated Hemp, and baking powder.
- Add the chopped jalapeno peppers and eggs. Mix well.
- In another bowl, add the mozzarella and cream cheese. Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes, stopping after 1 minute to give it a gentle stir (you’ll end up with crispy bits around the bowl otherwise).
- Remove and stir, then add in the almond flour mixture.
- Stir well and combine until you have a blended dough.
- Break the dough up into 6 pieces and roll out the pieces to turn them into bagel shapes. Or, use a donut tray to place the dough in (I find this easier to keep them neater).
- Decorate the bagels with sliced jalapenos and sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes, keeping an eye on the bagels so they bake until golden.
- Eat and enjoy!
LOW CARB BREAKFAST COOKIES
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It not only replenishes your supply of glucose to increase your alertness and energy levels, but it also provides the nutrients you need for good health. Some of those nutrients are excellent for hormonal balance, so it’s important to include them when possible, which is why the Low Carb Breakfast Cookies exist.
These treats include Activated Hemp to influence your hormonal health. By adding this ingredient to the cookies, you can experience better sleep, decrease cortisol levels to promote relaxation, and soothe sexual health issues like premenstrual syndrome, fibromyalgia, and menstrual cramps.
The Low Carb Breakfast Cookies are also great because they’re easy grab-and-go items. If you’re rushing out of the house and need a quick bite before you leave, this hormone balancing recipe is for you. And you can make enough cookies to last for a few days or even a week. That way, you don’t have to prepare breakfast in the morning and can simply go about your business.
4 ounces pork sausage
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup green peppers, chopped
3/4 cup almond flour
3 tablespoon Activated Hemp
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- Preheat the oven to 375F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Saute sausage, onions, and peppers until the sausage is browned and the vegetables are soft. Take off heat and let cool.
- In the meantime, add almond flour, Activated Hemp, salt, pepper, and baking powder to a bowl and mix.
- In a separate bowl, beat eggs, then add 1/2 cup cheese. Add to the flour mixture and mix well.
- Add cooled sausage mixture and mix to combine.
- Place a big spoonful of the mixture onto the parchment paper as you would do to make cookies. The dough is sticky so try to use the spoon as well you can.
- Press down gently on each cookie to flatten the dough a little. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top, and bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
RICE KRISPY TREATS
If there’s one meal that you’ll love, it’s the Rice Krispy Treats. Infused with Balance CBD Oil, this dish includes a liquid form of Activated hemp to ensure the final product not only balances your hormones but also blends well.
What’s even better about this dish is that kids tend to love it. Rice Krispy Treats are tasty and crunchy foods that children can munch on for a quick snack. And because Balance CBD Oil blends perfectly into this hormone balancing recipe, kids will have an enjoyable time eating something that helps their hormones.
But don’t think that Rice Krispy Treats are just for children. No matter how old you are, this tasty snack will make you happy and help bring balance into your body.
- Measure 6 cups of preferred cereal and set aside.
- Add butter and mini marshmallows to a pot and melt.
- Pour in cereal and add Balance CBD Oil, mix thoroughly.
- Pour mixture into a buttered pan and let sit until cool.
- Slice into 2×3 inch squares.
MINT JULEP MOCKTAIL
Sometimes, you don’t feel like drinking alcohol. And honestly, if you want to boost your hormonal health, you may want to steer clear of alcoholic beverages. Drinking them too often can disrupt the communication between your immune, endocrine, and nervous systems and cause hormonal disturbances that lead to serious health issues at the behavioral and physiological levels.
That said, alcohol should be a no-go if you’re focused on balancing your hormones. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a tasty mocktail! With the absence of alcohol and the presence of Balance CBD Oil—a liquid form of Activated Hemp—you can enjoy a delicious drink while bringing your hormones into balance.
However, there are a couple of steps to pay attention to if you want to successfully make the Mint Julep Mocktail.
Specifically, for step six, it will be time for you to chill the syrup in the refrigerator until it’s completely cool. But keep in mind that mint simple syrup will keep for 1 week in the refrigerator. (You’ll have about 12 ounces of mint simple syrup).
Also, when you’re ready to muddle the strawberries for step eight, using a few large pieces is fine, but the finer you can mash them, the easier they’ll be to drink. So take some time to make sure they’re nice and mashed up.
By remembering these notes and following this hormone balancing recipe, you’ll be able to enjoy the Mint Julep Mocktail. And you’ll also have a new go-to drink when you want to replace alcohol with something that will benefit your hormones.
3 cups water
3 cups sugar or agave
3 bunch mint leaves (about 3 cups fresh mint)
9–12 mint leaves
3–6 tablespoons mint simple syrup
6 drops Balance CBD Oil
About 2 1/4–3 cup crushed ice
3/4 cup limeade or lemonade
3/4 cup sparkling water
Optional garnishes: more fresh mint leaves, strawberries, lemon or lime slices and wedges
- In a saucepan, combine water and sugar (or agave).
- Stir over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Turn off the heat and add the fresh mint leaves.
- Allow the mint leaves to steep in the simple syrup for about 15 minutes (set a timer so that you don’t forget!).
- Strain out the mint and transfer the mint simple syrup to a jar or container.
- Chill syrup in the refrigerator until completely cool.
- Add strawberries, simple syrup, and Balance CBD Oil to the bottom of your cup.
- Muddle the strawberries in the simple syrup until mostly smooth.
- Add mint leaves to your cup and muddle just 3-4 times to release the essential oils. (It should smell fresh and fragrant)
- Fill the cup about 3/4 full with crushed ice.
- Add limeade and sparkling water to your cup.
- Use a straw or drink stirrer to mix the julep for a few seconds until the glass starts to get frosty.