I’m a smoothie girl when it comes to breakfast in the summer months, but during the colder seasons, a warm savory breakfast hits the spot. My Luteal Phase Breakfast Bowl with Chanterelle Mushrooms can help boost energy during a cold morning with the energizing B-vitamins from the mushrooms and kale and filling fiber from the butternut squash. Plus, chanterelle mushrooms are a source of the thyroid supporting vitamin D, which is found in very little foods, making this an excellent hormone balancing meal, as vitamin D can be more challenging to get from the sun during the colder cloudy months.
It’s an ideal breakfast choice for the autumn season outside and the inner autumn, a.k.a the luteal phase of your menstrual cycle. I love eating with the seasons both externally and internally. I cook meals with cold weather roots such as butternut or acorn squash or locally harvested autumn mushrooms such as golden chanterelles, lobster mushrooms or maitake during the fall to eat with the seasons. I will also include more mushrooms into my diet and hearty root vegetables during my luteal phase, no matter what season it is outside, because these foods are grounding (roots grow below earth) and are rich in B-vitamins to help boost the hormone progesterone, which is the dominant hormone during the luteal phase.
When does the luteal phase occur? The luteal phase is the longest phase of your menstrual cycle, occurring for about 10-14 days right after ovulation and ending once menstruation starts. See the overview of the menstrual cycle here. It’s important to eat grounding and warming foods during this phase, especially if temperatures are colder outside to prevent “uterine cold.”
In Chinese Medicine, “uterine cold” can happen when there is not enough circulation and blood flow getting to the reproductive space. It can cause the uterus to not respond well to the hormone progesterone. Progesterone helps reduce anxiety, thickens the uterine lining to prevent miscarriage, and in right ratio with estrogen, helps reduce irritability, food cravings, and cramping. It’s important to keep our uterus “warm” by eating warmed cooked foods during our luteal and menstrual phase to support healthy blood flow.
I usually cook the squash the night before to save time and heat it up over the skillet while I sauté the mushrooms, kale, and eggs.
Once everything is cooked individually, I assemble the plate with each of the ingredients around the plate.