It's pretty easy to feel virtuous while eating a salad, but we also know that in reality, a salad is only as healthy as the ingredients you put in it—and there really is an art to crafting a balanced (yet delicious and filling) recipe. The good news is that customizing your salads with the ingredients you need is easier than ever. And if you're looking to balance your hormones, one nutritionist says that it could be as simple as remembering to throw a particular nutrient into the mix.
Nutritionist Amie Valpone tells Mind Body Green that in order to keep her hormones balanced (she suffers from polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS), she always remembers to add some kind of healthy fat to her salads.
"Since I started adding more fats, I've seen the texture of my skin and hair improve tremendously, and I've noticed my hormones have started to balance out," she tells the site. "Balanced hormones can mean less painful periods and fewer PMS symptoms," among other things, like improving digestion and reducing stress.
These healthy fats could come in many forms: avocado and avocado oil, olive oil, nuts, seeds, and tahini are all health expert approved. (Related: It might be time to verse yourself on superfats.) Pick your favorite for a quick dose of hormone-balancing action and to feel even better about your healthy meal choice.
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