So I wanted to share my latest morning ritual because it has helped A LOT. I have very painful cycles where I cramp the ENTIRE cycle and my cycle lasts 7-8 days. Yup, 7-8. Anyways, my pain is so bad that I’ve gone to the hospital several times, and I would stay home from school (as a teen) or classes (in college) because I just couldn’t function. As an adult, it’s a little bit trickier to miss work, so I’ve been tinkering with remedies and of course, raspberry tea has saved my life in the pain department.
Anyways, I started back with drinking green smoothies for breakfast in place of having coffee and a breakfast sandwich, and I’ve really seen a difference. The biggest change for pain relief though, has come from me substituting brewed raspberry tea in place of my spring water when I make my smoothies. Raspberries and cherries really help alleviate cramps, at least mine, anyways, so I thought, why not combine my tea with my smoothie?
Here’s the recipe:
Add a handful of spinach + brewed, cooled raspberry tea.
I use the Alvita raspberry leaf tea brand. Their teas are all organic and taste good.
Blend that together first. Blending the greens first helps to make your green smoothies actually smooth so you’re not finding chunks of spinach or kale, etc. when you’re drinking.
Next, add any supplement–I switch between organic flax seed powder and organic hemp powder (hemp helps with your cycle too, btw). Sometimes I throw chia seeds in at the end. For this particular recipe, I used flax.
Then add your fruit and sweetener. I started using agave nectar this week and it tastes good. Not overpowering, but sweet. And it doesn’t give me that sugar high/crash like white sugar tends to do. I actually tried agave nectar before and thought it was disgusting so I think it’s the particular brand I’m using now that I like (Madhava organic light blue agave).
The fruit I used was all frozen: cherries, dark cherries, blueberries, and strawberries.
Note: the raspberry tea tends to make the mixture more of a “juice” consistency, so add ice if you want it to actually be a smoothie. I added like 5-6 ice cubes.
Trust me when I say this helps. My pain level has been between a 3-5 this week. Typically, I’m at an 8 or 9. And again, I typically feel that intense type of pain for the entire 7-8 days I have my cycle, so having any type of relief is so astonishingly awesome! The pain isn’t completely gone, but it’s significantly less and for that, I’m thankful.
Happy Friday! 🙌 I’m starting my weekend with a mango, spinach, banana smoothie. Yum! Fresh mango tastes better than frozen mango in smoothies, which is a shame because frozen mango is cheaper! Can’t have it all I guess. 😜