The BEST Hormone Balancing Recipes For Fall (2024)

If there’s two things I love, it’s hormone balancing recipes and fall foods. As you can imagine, combining the two really gets me going, LOL. And if you feel somewhat of the same way…well then you’re really going to love this post. In it I’ve included my favorite hormone balancing recipes for fall along with plenty of tips you can use to apply to all of your meals, so that they taste amazing and work to optimize your hormones, health and life as a result.

Looking for more delicious hormone balancing recipes to help you reduce uncomfortable period symptoms and naturally optimize your menstrual cycle? Learn more about my go-to guide here.

WHAT SHOULD I EAT FOR HORMONE BALANCE?

There’s no way around it, what wechoose to eat and cook can dramatically impact our hormones (and how we feel, look and live) as a result.

This is because the nutrients we derive from food are the raw building blocks that make up our hormones. Our hormones utilize these macro and micronutrients to synthesize and produce more hormones, as well as communicate effectively with one another.

Because this requirement is vast (especially for women in their reproductive years depending on where you’re at in your cycle), the more we can incorporate a variety of real, nutrient-dense foods into our diet, the easier we can meet these needs, which ultimately equates to balanced hormones and a symptom-free menstrual cycle.

For an ultimate guide on the most effective foods to eat for natural hormone balance and optimal overall health, check out this post.

Or for one month’s worth of hormone balancing recipes and tips to help you eat the most optimal foods for each phase of your menstrual cycle, check out this plan.


HORMONE BALANCING RECIPE TIPS

+ Source Local and High Quality Foods When Possible

Opting for local, high quality foods (such as organic produce, grass-fed and pasture-raised meat and poultry, wild-caught seafood, etc.) ensures you’re cooking with food free of hormone-disrupting pesticides, hormones and antibiotics, while optimizing the flavor and nutrient-density factor of your recipes.

+ ALWAYS Read Ingredient Labels

One of my go-to tips for clients is to read as many ingredient labels as you can when purchasing foods. The less ingredients, the better. The longer the ingredient list (especially with a ton of weird additives you can’t pronounce) the more likely they are to have processed oils, sugar and shelf-stabilizing chemicals that mess with hormone balance.

+ Rotate Recipes and Foods Based on Where You’re At In Your Menstrual Cycle

If you’re a woman in your reproductive years, your nutrient needs change due to hormone fluctuations based on where you’re at in your menstrual cycle (i.e. you need more iron during your period due to blood loss, etc.). Rotating in a variety of foods during each phase helps to meet these needs as well as optimize gut health (which is directly linked to hormone balance).

+ Cook with Anti-Inflammatory Oils

One of the simplest and most effective swaps you can make to optimize your meals and hormone health is to replace any inflammatory vegetable oils (canola, grape seed, sunflower, safflower, etc.) with unrefined cooking oils like avocado oil, coconut oil, grass-fed ghee or butter and extra virgin olive oil. This also means avoiding these oils in any packaged foods your purchase (i.e. read those ingredient labels)!

+ Use An “Add In” vs. “Take Away” Mentality

When cooking any recipe, think of how you can “add in” other ingredients to up both the flavor and hormone balance factor (i.e. adding in spices, fresh herbs, a new vegetable, etc.). It’s much more fun then thinking of what you “can’t have” and it’s a great way to sneak in more nutrients your hormones need.


HORMONE BALANCING BREAKFAST RECIPES FOR FALL

+ Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal

+ Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

+ Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

+ Gut-Friendly Sweet Potato Pesto + Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

+ Seed Cycling White Chocolate Macadamia Granola Clusters

+ Gut-Friendly Pumpkin Spice Blender Pancakes

+ Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

+ Apple Cinnamon Crunch Toast

+ Paleo Pumpkin Granola Clusters

+ Creamy Quinoa Porridge with Quick Berry Compote

+ Spiced Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal with Maple Cashew Cream

+ The BEST Blended Overnight Oats

+ Creamy Coconut + Cauliflower Oats (included in FREE download)

+ Brussels Sprouts + Butternut Squash Hash (included in FREE download)

+ Savory Sweet Potato Waffles (from the Fertility Boosting Fundamentals Guide)

+ Savory Golden Oats with A Jammy Egg (from the 28-Day Hormone Balance Reset Plan)

+ Chai-Spiced Chia Pudding Parfait (from the 28-Day Hormone Balance Reset Plan)

HORMONE BALANCING SOUP RECIPES FOR FALL

+ Cauliflower + Bacon Chowder

+ Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

+ Healthy White Chicken Chili

+ Eggplant Curry + Cardamom Spiced Quinoa

+ Spiced Chickpea Curry with Coconut and Turmeric

+ Vegan Creamy Tomato Soup

+ Immunity-Boosting Chicken Chickpea Noodle Soup

+ Thai Style Butternut Squash Curry + Toasted Coconut Cashews

+ Gut-Friendly One-Pot African Sweet Potato + Peanut Stew

+ Bean-Free Smoky Sweet Potato + Turkey Chili

+ Avocado Green Curry with Chicken + Cauliflower Rice

+ Turmeric + Coconut Sweet Potato Soup

+ Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Bisque

+ Pumpkin Chicken Chili (from the 28-Day Hormone Balance Reset Plan)

+ Creamy Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup (from the 28-Day Hormone Balance Reset Plan)

+ Chickpea Yam Coconut Curry (from the 28-Day Hormone Balance Reset Plan)

+ Hormone Balancing Bison + Butternut Squash Chili (included in FREE download)

+ Dairy-Free Creamy Corn + Bacon Chowder (see recipe below)


HORMONE BALANCING DINNER RECIPES FOR FALL

+ Vegan Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

+ Gut-Friendly Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

+ Hormone Balancing Paleo Butter Chicken + Cauliflower Rice

+ Roasted Pumpkin + Forbidden Salad w/ Maple Tahini Dressing

+ Sheet Pan Chicken Nuggets + Sweet Potato Fries

+ Gut-Healing Chicken Korma + Cauliflower Rice

+ Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

+ Roasted Delicata Squash Salad with Warm Cider Dressing

+ Healthy Maple Molasses Glazed Brussels Sprouts

+ Easy + Healthy Pumpkin Hummus

+ Maple Roasted Delicata Squash Boats

+ Pesto Pizza with Butternut Squash, Pomegranate + Arugula

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+ Thai Peanut Vegan Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

+ Maple Soy Glazed Brussels Sprouts

+ Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad + Warm Cider Dressing

+ Pesto + Goat Cheese Sweet Potato Pizza (from the Fertility Boosting Fundamentals Guide)

+ Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole (from the Fertility Boosting Fundamentals Guide)

+ Charred Chipotle Brussels Sprouts Tacos (from the 28-Day Hormone Balance Reset Plan)

+ Harvest Chicken Salad + Warm Apple Cider Dressing (from the 28-Day Hormone Balance Reset Plan)


HORMONE BALANCING BEVERAGE RECIPES FOR FALL

+ Hormone-Balancing Creamy Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

+ Hormone Balancing Pumpkin Spice Latte

+ Gut Healthy Bone Broth Hot Chocolate

+ Spiced Apple Cider Mocktail

+ Activated Charcoal + Date Latte

+ The BEST Sleepy Girl Mocktail

+ Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl (included in FREE download)


HORMONE BALANCING DESSERT RECIPES FOR FALL

+ Pecan Pie Gooey Bars

+ No-Bake Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars

+ Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

+ Fertility-Boosting Pumpkin Spice Bliss Balls

+ Vegan Avocado Chocolate Mousse

+ Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

+ The BEST Healthy Homemade Period Gummies

+ Gut Healthy Homemade Marshmallows

+ Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Muffins


OTHER HORMONE BALANCING RECIPE RESOURCES

+ The Ultimate Guide On Cooking for Natural Hormone Balance

+ FREE DOWNLOAD! 5 Fall Hormone Balancing Recipes

+ Hormone-Balancing Recipes For Each Phase Of Your Menstrual Cycle

Creamy Corn + Bacon Chowder (GF/DF)

This creamy corn + bacon chowder is hearty, cozy, comforting and loaded with hormone-balancing ingredients to boot! You’ll want to eat it all season long.

PREP TIME:

TOTAL TIME:

10 Mins

00:55 Mins

  • Author: Lauren Chambers

  • Servings: 8-12

  • Recipe Type: Entree, soup, dinner, meal

  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 6 strips uncured, organic bacon (I like this brand)
  • 2 tbsp grass-fed ghee
  • 1 Walla Walla sweet onion, diced
  • Kernels from 4 ears of corn (approximately 5-6 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • fresh black pepper to taste
  • 4 medium golden or russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • Optional 2 yellow squash or 1 cup butternut squash to thicken, peeled and chopped
  • 2-3 cups bone broth
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • Optional 1 cup shredded dairy-free cheese, like this brand

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon and blot with paper towel to remove grease, then reserve for topping. Pour out all but 1 tbsp of bacon grease from the pot, keeping the remaining tbsp in to flavor the soup.
  2. Add in the grass-fed ghee and once melted, stir in the diced onion, cooking until translucent, about 5 or so minutes.
  3. Once onion is cooked, add in minced garlic and spices, stirring another minute until fragrant.
  4. Stir in the corn kernels, chopped potatoes and optional yellow or butternut squash.
  5. Add in bone broth and coconut milk, then cover the soup pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, simmering 15-20 minutes, until the potato and squash is soft and cooked through.
  6. Scoop 4 cups or about 1/2 of the chowder to a blender and puree until smooth, then pour back into the pot. This creates that creamy chowder consistency.
  7. Stir in optional raw tbsp of honey and dairy-free cheese.
  8. Top with crispy bacon pieces + fresh thyme to serve.

Notes

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Makes great leftovers!

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