Recipes for Your Hormones

We’ve been eating Chica for a long time! And even though we love Chica’s flavor all on its own, we still enjoy mixing it up. Use these recipes as an excuse to eat Chica for breakfast, or a chance to make Chica even more delectable than handmade dark chocolate truffles already are. We’d love to hear what recipes you have created with Chica!

Muffins with a Chica on Top When baking with Chica, it is important to remember that we decided to put Chica in truffles for a reason, which is that we want to share a serving size of herbs with you daily. We discourage baking an item that will involve your Chica Week melting together, however, muffins are a fantastic option for making sure you still know how much Chica you’re biting into. These muffins are pumpkin spice, based loosely off of this Minimalist Baker recipe. I added the spice myself, estimating 1/2 tsp for each spice (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves). No matter what time of year it is, pumpkin is a beautiful food for your hormones. Pumpkin itself is rich in vitamin B6–one of the essential nutrient players in how our periods feel, because it supports progesterone production. Upping your B6 game can help with breast tenderness, mood swings, bloating, and acne. Pumpkin seeds are convenient to include as a garnish, and these seeds contain zinc, a mineral that also supports increased progesterone production.

Yogurt + Chica

This is one way that I eat Chica for breakfast. Yogurt is my go-to on a rushed morning, and plopping a Chica in the bowl makes sure that I don’t forget to eat Chica that day. Sprinkled on top of this bowl are sunflower seeds, which are conveniently packed with selenium, making these seeds little power houses for hormone balance.

Nut Butter + Chica (pictured above)

Throwing a spoonful of peanut butter on top of Chica recreates my go-to munchy–peanut butter cups. I can’t believe I don’t have a photo of Chica atop a glorious spoonful! If you don’t have a strong preference, Sunflower Butter is delicious, on the cheaper end of the nut butter spectrum, and will give you the same hormone balancing benefits as sunflower seeds. Chica Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies We also love to call these Peanut Butter Boobs with Chica Nipples. We’re drifting into dessert land here with some extra sweet glory. For these cookies, we followed this recipe from NY Times Cooking. Some words of caution: consider setting some of your Chica supply aside before you top ever cookie–otherwise you might want to eat your entire Chica Week in one go!

If you decide to use one of these recipes to remix Chica, please share pictures! We can be found @chicachocolatechicks on Instagram, and we are on Facebook too. We’d love to hear any of your recipe ideas as well–especially ones that are friendlier towards dietary restrictions! Let’s make the (menstruating) world happier and tastier together.


Fungus & Root

Scierotium Poriae Cocos / Fu Ling / 茯苓 Scierotium Pararadicis Poriae Cocos / Fu Shen / 茯神

Poria calms the heart and soothes nerves, helping with anxiety and insomnia. Additionally, Poria drains dampness, an excess of moisture that the body collects in the wrong places and makes us feel heavy and fatigued (hello moodiness).

Chinese Salvia


Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae / Dan Shen / 丹參

Salvia root nourishes the blood and heart, and calms the spirit. Salvia works with Schisandra and Zizyphus in Chica Chill to help relieve insomnia.



Radix Rehmanniae Preparata / Sheng Di Huang / 熟地黄

Rehmannia root is your Yin nourisher, supporting calm and cold in your system. With its additional ability to help cool blood, increase fluids, and clear heart fire; Rehmannia is a star herb for soothing and preventing heat flashes.

Polygala / Thin-Leaf Milkwort


Radix Polygalae Tenuifoliae / Yuan Zhi / 元志

Polygala root nourishes the Heart, and helps soothe nerves and restlessness.

Schisandra / Chinese Magnolia


Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis / Wu Wei Zi / 五味子

Schisandra berry is famous for featuring all five flavors of Traditional Chinese Medicine: bitter, sweet, salty, sour, hot. This means that Schisandra is completely energetically balanced, promoting overall health and vitality. Schisandra helps relieve night sweats, insomnia, and hormonal imbalances. Schisandra is also rich in antioxidants that are thought to protect from free radicals and other toxins in the environment that may cause cellular damage. 

Platycodon / Balloon Flower


Radix Platycodi / Jie Geng / 桔梗

Platycodon root is a neutral balancing herb, meaning it is not especially Yin or Yang. Platycodon is nourishing for the lungs, which in TCM, is the organ that supports Qi and fluid flow throughout the body.

Scrophularia / Figwort


Radix Scrophulariae / Xuan Shen / 玄參

Scrophularia root nourishes Yin, drains fire, and cools the blood. Scrophularia is particularly soothing for irritability.

Ophiopogon / Dwarf Lilyturf


Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici / Mai Men Dong / 麦门冬

Ophiopogon tuber works with Asparagus to nourish Yin and clear heat throughout the system. These plants also provide moisture and relieve restlessness.



Radix Stemonae / Bai Bu / 百部

Stemona root is a balancing herb in the Chica Chill formula. Stemona is nourishing for the lungs, which in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is the organ that supports Qi and fluid flow throughout the body.



Radix Glycyrrhizae / Gan Cao / 甘草

Licorice acts as a unifier, balancing the formula and amplifying the properties of the other herbs.

Zizyphus / Sour Jujube


Semen Zizyphi Spinosae / Suan Zao Ren / 酸枣仁

Zizyphus seed nourishes the heart and calms the spirit. Zizyphus helps relieve insomnia, irritability, and anxiety.



Radix Ginseng / Ren Shen / 人参

Ginseng root, one of the most famous herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is known for its ability to strengthen Qi and support life vitality. Ginseng nourishes the Heart and calms the spirit, helping reduce anxiety and insomnia.

Acorus / Grassleaf Sweetflag


Rhizoma Acori Tatarinowii / Shi Chang Pu / 石菖蒲

Acorus helps relieve internal heat and is a favorite herb for reducing frequent insomnia.

Eucommia / Chinese Rubber Tree


Cortex Eucommiae Ulmoidis / Du Zhong / 杜仲

Eucommia bark balances the Chica Chill formula by offering Yang properties. Eucommia is also nourishing for the heart, and has been featured in research in Western medicine for its ability to help lower blood pressure.

Angelica / Dong Quai


Radix Angelicae Sinensis / Dong Quai / 当归

Angelica root is sometimes described as the “female ginseng,” due to its fame for supporting a healthy and regular menstrual cycle. Angelica root strengthens blood and energizes circulation. In Chica Chill, Angelica root balances the herbal formula with its Yang properties.

Biota / Arborvitae


Semen Platycladi / Bai Zi Ren / 柏子仁

Biota seed benefits memory and promotes restful sleep by nourishing the heart and calming the spirit.

Chinese Asparagus


Tuber Asparagi Cochinensis / Tian Men Dong / 天门冬

Asparagus root works with Ophiopogon to nourish Yin and clear heat throughout the system. These plants also provide moisture and relieve restlessness.

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