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Friendly Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Recipe Guidelines

Are you a woman with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), but aren’t sure what’s the right foods for you to eat? Determining if a recipe is PCOS-friendly is important for optimal health. By eating PCOS-friendly foods you’re providing your body with the necessary vitamins and nutrients it needs to function properly.

So, what is the perfect PCOS recipe? The ideal PCOS recipe will include lots of vegetables and/or fruit, lean protein, no simple carbohydrates; carbohydrates should be limited and complex. In order for a woman with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome to properly digest the food she eats it shouldn’t include any additives or preservatives. You’ll want to cook and eat foods that are wholesome.

An Ideal PCOS Recipe for Lunch or Dinner Will Include

  • Lots of Vegetables
  • Serving of Lean Protein (Fish, Chicken, Steak, or Vegetarian Protein Option)
  • Spices for Flavor
  • Occasionally a serving of complex carbohydrates, but not with every meal

Avoid These:

  • Excessive Added Sugar
  • Foods Made from Soy, except Soy Sauce, and Tofu
  • Additives and Preservatives
  • Hydrogenated Oils
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup

While deciding what you’re going to eat you should consider what food you will eat for other meals and snacks. If you’re trying to maintain your weight eating about 100 grams of complex carbohydrates is best (excluding carbohydrates from fruit), if you’re trying to lose weight you should be eating fewer complex carbohydrates.

Here is a quick, easy, delicious PCOS recipe for Edamame Slaw


1 Head of Broccoli Stalks, shredded

1 Head of Cabbage, shredded

1 Head of Purple Cabbage, shredded

1 Cup of Shelled Edamame Beans

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¾ Cup of Red Bell Pepper, thinly sliced

1 ½ Cup of Carrots, shredded

4 Green Onions, chopped

2/3 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Cloves of Garlic, minced

½ tsp of Fresh Ground Black Pepper

¼ tsp of Sea Salt

2 tsp of Olive Oil


In a large bowl mix broccoli, green and purple cabbage, edamame, pepper, carrots and onions

In a small bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar, garlic, pepper, salt, and olive oil

Pour dressing over slaw and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes

This PCOS recipe is great when served with chicken or seafood; it’s a great source of the necessary vitamins and nutrients that is needed by our bodies.

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