As we mentioned above, during PMS, it’s important to eat more complex carbs. This means that the carbohydrates have 3 or more natural sugars and will be high in fiber. This helps you to keep cravings under control, feeling fuller longer. Try eating sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, and lentils. We’ll create a recipe that uses both a sweet potato and lentils! 

What you need: 

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes 
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed 
  • 2 diced tomatoes 
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger 
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon sweet paprika 
  • 1 tablespoon harissa paste, or 1 teaspoon ground chili powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 4 cups firmly packed baby spinach 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon cumin 
  • 1 yellow onion 
  • 4 cloves garlic 

How to make it: 

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. 
  2. Cook the sweet potatoes in the oven. 3. Meanwhile, cook the lentils according to the package 
  3. Dice the onion and tomatoes. 5. Chop up the garlic 6. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cumin, stirring continually for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the onion and cook, for 5 to 7 minutes, until tender and translucent.
  5. Add the garlic and tomatoes and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes, until the garlic is fragrant.
  6. Decrease the heat to low and stir in the lentils, ginger, cinnamon, paprika, harissa, and salt for 30 seconds.
  7. Stir in the spinach. Cook, stirring frequently, until the spinach has wilted, adding water by the 1⁄4 cup if needed to prevent sticking (about 1 to 2 minutes). 
  8. Cut the sweet potatoes in half and add the spinach and lentils to the middle of it, so it’s like a taco!