5 Dishes To Whip Up When You're PMS-ing

by Macy Alcaraz   |  Oct 9, 2014
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When you've got your period, you get bloated, you're extra moody, and you're just feeling... blah. We like fries just as much as the next person who's on the same menstrual cycle as us, but greasy, salty food actually doesn't give you comfort when you're PMS-ing. In fact, you're just giving your body more reason to bloat, which eventually makes you feel even more blah if that's even possible.

So because we know you've got an appetite for practically anything and everything during that time of the month, we thought we'd put together a list of dishes you can whip up that will not only fill you up, but also combat the dreaded PMS.

  1. Potato Omelet
    When you're PMS-ing, it's like you want to eat everything in sight. Our first instinct is to grab the nearest thing to munch, like a bag of chips or half a cake roll. But if you want to take control of your insane cravings, it's best to start your day with a hearty breakfast.  Your favorite scrambled egg recipe will do, but you can add potato and tomatoes for a tastier meal.

  2. Grilled Chicken with Red Rice Salad
    To keep from feeling sluggish, load up on lean meats like beef or chicken. You want to be energized so you don't get sleepy all day and end up feeling like you have to drag yourself around all day. The red rice can also give you the energy boost that you need without slowing you down like regular rice can.

  3. Warm Spinach and Orange Salad in Asian Vinaigrette
    Hate it when you break out when you have your period? You should have lots of leafy greens to combat the acne-producing hormones you release when you're on your menstrual cycle. Not a fan of salad? The oranges and the Asian vinaigrette in this recipe might change your mind! 

  4. Quinoa Risotto
    Do you find yourself feeling extra annoyed about every little thing when you're PMS-ing? Believe us, we know how it feels. Carbs totes make us feel tons better—but they also make us crash back down oh-so fast. So skip the fast food run! Go for complex carbohydrates instead. They raise your serotonin levels (the hormone that makes you feel good) without making you crave for more food later on. Quinoa is the perf whole-grain alternative to rice! 

  5. Banana Strawberry Smoothie
    Nothing like a pint of ice cream to help ease the pain of menstrual cramps. But did you know that getting enough sleep actually has something to do with those cramps. So if you want it to hurt a little less, get some shut-eye! And what's a natural sleep aid? Bananas! Whip up this smoothie before you go to bed and you'll wake up to a cramp-less morning!

What are your tricks to getting over PMS? Got tried-and-tested recipes you swear by and want to share with other Candy Girls? Leave a comment below or tweet us @candymagdotcom to join the conversation!

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Macy Alcaraz
Former Editor in Chief, candymag.com
When she's not busy online, she's in the kitchen on a mission to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
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