Hot Mama! A Salad to Quench that Menopausal Heat!

Good morning everyone and happy Monday!

Today’s video is very specifically for all my sisters out there going through that major life change, Menopause! If you’re struggling with the mood swing and hot flashes that the loss of estrogen brings on, then you’ll want to tune into today’s video.

So many women approach this time of life with dread, and sure it can be uncomfortable. In addition to the hot flashes and mood swings, you have to navigate sudden belly fat and sleepless nights, loss of libido in some instances and other challenges. But there are some wonderful opportunities that come with midlife and over the coming months, I’ll be sharing more with you about this life changing time and how to look, feel and live the best possible way so that you can thrive as you enter phase two of your life journey….

In the meantime, today I am offering delicious relief from some of your discomfort. This salad recipe is easy to make, delicious and a nice way to offset some of your symptoms. Check it out and see what you think.

As always, I’d love to hear your feedback! Are you going (or have gone through) menopause and if so, how are you managing your symptoms? Are you using food? Perhaps you’re experimenting with supplements? Or maybe you’ve opted for medication? I’d love to hear about your journey in the comments below.

Thanks as always for spending time with me on Monday—I hope you have a beautiful day!

Cooling Chick Pea and Edamame Salad!



  • ½ cup frozen edamame (unshelled), cooked to package instructions
  • ½ cup frozen peas, thawed in warm water
  • 1 can chick peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cook black Japonica rice (or any cooked grain)
  • ¼ red onion, finely diced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh mint and basil, torn/chopped…about ¼ to 1/3 cup total, depending on taste
  • preference
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional additional Ingredients if desired: chopped cucumber, chopped tomatoes, olives

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Marinate in fridge for at least an hour before serving. Enjoy!

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7 comments on “Hot Mama! A Salad to Quench that Menopausal Heat!

  1. AvatarLynn Nevins

    I’m 53 and about 10 or so months ago, began having night sweats. Tried taking maca pills. Hard to say how much those may have helped vs maybe fact that night sweats might have ebbs/flows. A few months ago I then had one particularly sudden, intense episode of depression (I’m ‘certain’ it was triggered by fact that I’d taken an uncharacteristically late afternoon nap, and where I ended up awaking in the dark. Normally when I awake each morning it’s light out. This depression episode made me realize that I think I’d already been experiencing some low-grade depression…so low-grade that it didn’t even ‘register’…that I was mildly depressed. I was also realizing that I was having occasional anxiety attacks and ‘brain fog’…all very new things for me. So I attacked all of this head-on with the following: light therapy box, more regular exercise, trying to get up earlier and go to bed earlier (for more hours of natural sunlight), snacking on low-fat carbs throughout the day, trying to be even more socially active than usual, eating plenty of legumes, and taking a Rainbow Light Menopause One pill each day (which provides B-complex vitamins, among other things). Hard to say if any one or a combination of these things helped, but I HAVE been feeling better overall…fewer anxiety attacks, and I’m noticing less depression or ‘down’ moments. I also make sure to be very open about this with my friends….talking about my experience and thereby allowing them to share with me as well. I think it’s important that we women support each other and share information and knowledge at this time, to try and make it easier for each other…

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      It’s so great to hear that you are being super pro-active about it Lynn! That’s the thing you learn, you can’t be passive about these changes otherwise the struggle can be even more difficult. It’s like your body is asking you to pay attention in a whole new way. Sounds like you are on the right track with all that you’re doing… the mood stuff stabilizes over time. And the heat can come and go for a while, but you seem to have found a good formula for yourself.
      Thanks for your comment! I appreciate hearing about your journey~
      Stay well!

  2. AvatarMary

    Hello, Barbara. I hope this question isn’t too personal, but I couldn’t help but notice your lovely layered tanks. I would love to try something similar, but I cannot find a flattering strapless bra to save my life! Any recommendations???

      1. AvatarMary

        Sorry, so are the Nikki Bikki tanks in place of a bra? If anyone out there can recommend a decent strapless bra, I’d be eternally grateful!

  3. AvatarEllie

    Been there, done that, got the (soaked) T-shirt and even the steamed eyeglasses. And with a new love in my life, libido has returned with a sweet vengeance. We hear about mood swings, but is that just another thing about women and their moods? I think I was grumpy and foggy simply from not sleeping due to night sweats. My Chinese doctor explained that night sweats happen because the heat, which gets released through the body when you’re moving, pool up into the liver at night when you’re still, then shoot out intensely. So he had me keep an ice pack around at the right side of my waist, near the liver (I used a fanny pack, and changed the ice pack in the night when I got up). Slept like a baby.

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Hey Ellie! Glad to hear about the new romance in your life! I love it!! And that’s a great suggestion your Chinese doctor gave you~ I imagine it was very helpful~
      Mood swings are real… it’s like PMS without the relief of a period. But they pass over time.
      Thanks for your comment~ It’s great to know you are well!


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