Fertility Food Friday: Mango Sunshine Smoothie

Fertility Food: Mango Smoothie

Recipe by Krista A. Parr, R.H.N.

Enjoy this creamy, sweet, satisfyingly tart smoothie as a celebration of sunshine (or an invitation, depending on the weather where you are). Tropical fruits like bananas and mangos are higher in sugar than fruits like apples and berries so they should be consumed in moderation. Think of this smoothie as a treat or dessert rather than, say, breakfast. Unlike many other treats and desserts, this one is full of nutritious elements like fiber, essential fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin B6, antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Kefir is a fermented milk beverage similar to yogurt. While making your own kefir will provide significant amounts of probiotics, good quality store-bought kefir is now also widely available.

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Fertility Food Friday: Not Your Ordinary Vegetarian Burger

Food for fertiltiy: vegetarian burger

Guest post by Nikki Hurst

This burger recipe is loaded with antioxidants, particularly Vitamins E & A (beta-carotene). Both are skin-supporting nutrients and immune-system support. Packed with fibre and plant protein, these patties can be served on buns, in wraps, or with a salad.

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Fertility Food Friday: Creamy Tahini Veggie Sauté

Fertility Food: Creamy Tahini Veggie Sauté

 

By Krista A. Parr, R.H.N.

The Harvard Nurses Health Study is the largest, most comprehensive, long-term study of diet and fertility ever conducted. It found that adding one serving per day of red meat, chicken, or turkey increased the risk of ovulatory infertility by nearly one-third. This does not mean that everyone trying to conceive must adopt a fully vegetarian diet; high-quality, ethically raised animal products can be an important part of a nourishing, supportive fertility diet for most people.

However, it would be wise to learn to cook at least a handful of delicious vegetarian dishes, especially if you usually eat a lot of meat. This Creamy Tahini Veggie Sauté is one such recipe you’ll want to have up your sleeve. It’s rich, incredibly flavourful, and I’ve even seen meat-lovers swoon over it. Folate, antioxidants, iodine, selenium, and calcium are just a few of the fertility-loving nutrients contained within every yummy bite.

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