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Recipes to Boost Vitality

Nuts & seeds are full of beneficial phytoestrogens

As a component of our multifaceted approach to hormonal beauty and wellness, what we eat has a profound effect on our overall hormonal balance, our mood, and the vitality of our appearance. From our twenties onward, waning estrogen takes a toll on our overall vitality. We can mimic the look-good, feel-good effects of estrogen by looking to the plant world and a fabulous source of vitality called phytoestrogens. These vital molecules are found in the seeds, roots and sometimes the bark of plants, and are concentrated in foods we can easily incorporate including beans, nuts and legumes.   Read more about the benefits of phytoestrogens. 

Thankfully, it's quite easy to modify your favorite recipes to incorporate more phytoestrogens in your diet. Get started with these three recipes from our team's personal kitchens. Enjoy!

Veneffect Team Venus Friendly Recipes

1. Eileen's Pesto - with a new twist! 

I've always loved pesto - such a great way to enjoy roasted  or fresh vegetables with a delicious twist. Since learning more about phytoestrogens from my work with Veneffect, I found a way to infuse them into my recipe for an even more delicious taste that also gives you a glow! Eileen Alexander, Customer Care

Nuts & seeds are full of beneficial phytoestrogens


Pumpkin Seeds - about 2 tablespoons

Sunflower Seeds - about 2 tablespoons

Flax Seeds - about 1 tablespoon

Fresh Basil leaves (no stems) roughly chopped with a knife - approximately 1 cup

Fresh Cilantro bunch roughly chopped with a knife - approximately 1 cup

Fresh Parsley bunch - leaves only. Remove leaves from stem & discard stems - approximately 1 cup

Olive Oil - approximately 1/2 cup plus one teaspoon

4 Garlic cloves minced 

Grated Parmesan Cheese - 1/2 cup

Pinch of salt


Brazil Nuts sliced (rich in selenium) - 1 tablespoon

Almonds sliced - 1 tablespoon


Step 1: In a food processor, first add the pumpkin, sunflower and flax seeds & brazil and almond slices (if using).  Pulse & chop for about 15 seconds until the seeds and nuts are a bit broken.

Step 2: Add the basil leaves, cilantro & parsley leaves + olive oil. Blend at high speed until the greens are smooth.  Texture from seeds and nuts will remain.  Add more olive oil as needed.

Step 3: In a small pan, sauté the minced garlic in a teaspoon of olive oil for about 2 minutes until slightly soft. (This step removes the sharp garlic bite) 

Step 4: Add the sauteed garlic, parmesan cheese & salt to the pesto mixture in the food processor and pulse several times, just enough to blend. 

 Serve with crudité, or my favorite, roasted carrots. 

2. Dr. Booth's "Venus Friendly" Chocolate Chip Muffins

I love to bake and often experiment to add in almond and chickpea flower in place of white flower, Venus friendly sweet ingredients to offset too much sugar and of course dark chocolate which is my favorite go to treat.  Kids and adults alike love this one!  Rebecca Booth, M.D. Co-Founder of Veneffect 


Dry ingredients:

1 cup chickpea flour

1 cup almond flour

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp sea salt (iodized is best)

Wet ingredients: 

1 cup hot water 

¼ cup monk fruit sweetener 

¼ cup coconut oil 

1 tsp vanilla 

½ tsp almond extract 

½ cup sugar-free organic applesauce 

Add in: 

½ cup dark chocolate chips   


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 F

Step 2: Grease muffin pan or use silicone muffin cups

Step 3: Combine the dry ingredients and set aside 

Step 4: Mix wet ingredients and stir well 

Step 5: Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredient mixture and mix until smooth 

Step 6: Add chocolate chips 

Step 7: Gently pour into muffin cups 3/4 full, you may have to spoon in the chips to evenly distribute 

Step 8: Bake for 30-35 minutes or until done with toothpick test (will be golden brown) 

Let cool for 10 minutes and serve.  Best served warm  

3. Cecil's Skin Calming Pomegranate Smoothie 

I love smoothies and with my can't-live-without Vitamix, blending in phytoestrogens is easy! Pomegranate, in addition to being a fabulous phytoestrogen, also contributes vitamin C while chia is a high potency phytoestrogen that also keeps you feeling satisfied. This is beautiful, filling and delicious.  Sip while enjoying our Skin Calming Mask! Cecil Booth, Co-Founder 


1 1⁄2 cups coconut milk

1 ripe banana

1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds

1 tablespoon chia seeds


Step 1: Add the coconut milk, pomegranate seeds, chia seeds and bananas to your blender.

Step 2: Blend at high speed until the texture is smooth and the pomegranate and chia seeds are fully blended.

Step 3: Enjoy the balancing, brightening and skin calming effects of a delicious phytoestrogen-rich smoothie! 

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VENeffect inspires the healthy glow of skin at peak vitality by addressing changes in skin that result from hormonal variations throughout the month and as a woman ages. Our exclusive and highly effective complex of plant-based phytoestrogens safely and effectively preserves and restores the youthful radiance of vibrant skin. The key is our proprietary phytoestrogen technology: plant-based molecules, in carefully balanced combinations, that safely and effectively restore collagen, dramatically increases elasticity and helps reverse the signs of hormonal aging.  Learn more about the Science behind VENeffect Skin Care.