There’s no better way to kick off the summer season like a dinner party. The combination of good company, a festive table setting, and a bit of indulgence (like organic wine or De Soi aperitifs) is a form of self care we think more people should partake in these days. But the most important aspect of a dinner party is, of course, the menu (and maybe the people! IRL).
We partnered with Nouri, a postpartum food delivery company that blends traditional Eastern food therapy with modern nutritional science, for a hormone balancing dinner in NYC. Nouri developed this colorful and delicious four course spread to optimize hormones for expectant mothers and postpartum attendees including @rana and @jordannasharp. Even if you’re not a mama, the nourishing ingredients can still benefit your hormones!
For your next gathering, nourish your guests with a bright, delicious, and hormone balancing feast that’s sure to impress and spark wellness from the inside out.
Course 1 – Flax Chia Seed Crackers with Beet Hummus
Beets – they contain ample amounts of vitamin C, which can help regulate hormone levels. They are rich in fiber and reduce the build up of excess hormones, while supporting your liver’s natural detoxification and reduce inflammation. These root veggies can also increase your libido by boosting the production of sex hormones like Progesterone, Estrogen, and a small amount of Testosterone.
Flaxseeds – these contain small amounts of healthy fats, fiber, protein, iron, folate - all nutritional powerhouses to support hormonal health. They also contain plant based forms of Omega 3 Fatty Acids known as ALA which is essential for hormone health and moisturized, glowing skin.
Course 2 – Quinoa Arugula Salad
Quinoa – this is a gluten free grain that also contains protein, which helps to stabilize blood sugar and support collagen production in the skin. Quinoa contains two plant compounds, quercetin and kaempferol, which are full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties soothing irritated, breakout prone skin and boosting skin health.
Burdock Root – packed full of antioxidants, this root veggie reduces inflammation and stimulates the lymphatic system to help detoxify the body and move out excess hormones.
Course 3 – Seared Salmon with Coconut Yogurt + Basil Oil
Salmon – this fatty fish contains selenium which is a vital nutrient for DNA synthesis, reproductive health and supports thyroid hormonal health. It is an amazing source of DHA/EPA Omega 3-fatty acids and Vitamin B12 which supports red blood cell production and regulation of the central nervous system.
Coconut Yogurt – full of healthy fats and a perfect dairy free alternative full of probiotics, this plant based yogurt contains a majority of the same nutrients as dairy yogurt including calcium, potassium, zinc and B-vitamins.
Course 4 – Coconut Lime Cheesecake
Cashew – loaded with healthy fats, protein, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin K, cashews are a powerhouse that boost hormone health and add creaminess to any vegan dish.
Sesame Seeds – a core Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) ingredient, sesame seeds are rich in fiber, protein, and minerals which help remove excess hormones and promote gut and hormone health. They also help reduce inflammation.