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Fertility Food Friday: Marinated Veggie Pizzas

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

Say what? You didn’t think pizza was a fertility-friendly food?! When it’s loaded with garden-fresh veggies and prepared lovingly in your own kitchen, there is no reason not to throw a pizza party!

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Fertility Food Friday: Teriyaki Stir Fry

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

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.

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Fertility Food Friday: Farro, Walnut & Massaged Kale Salad

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

Spring is a time when our bodies are naturally trying cleanse and detoxify. We can support this process by eating foods that stimulate the liver to do its job effectively, such as kale, green onion, radish, and lemon, all featured in this hearty Spring salad.

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Fertility Food Friday: Cauliflower Salsa

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

So fresh, so simple, and so full of fertility-loving goodies! Support your body’s inherent detoxification activities, protect your fertility organs from oxidative stress, and combat inflammation with this yummy end-of-summer salsa. Cauliflower is not a vegetable I would normally enjoy eating raw. Along with it’s cousins, broccoli and cabbage, raw cauliflower would normally cause my belly expand into a hot air balloon. In this recipe, however, the cauliflower really mellows out as it marinates and almost ‘cooks’ in the citrus juice. This makes it easier to digest as well as more palatable; a fantastic way to get this nutritional powerhouse into your diet. Enjoy on tortilla chips, crackers, tacos, or salad.

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Fertility Food Friday: Pumpkin Soup

By Karen Weggler of the Movement Studio

Autumn is my favourite season hands down! We have been blessed with a gorgeous summer here in Vancouver, British Columbia, however, I am craving a cool breeze and those multi-coloured leaves.

Pumpkins are PACKED with Vitamins A, C (antioxidants!), fibre (promotes healthy digestion!), is low calorie, satiating, and absolutely delicious. WIN.

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Fertility Food Friday: Beet Dip

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

If the thought of dipping carrot sticks into a bowl of bright pink paste seems peculiar, I urge you to give beets a chance and try this dip! It is smooth, creamy, and surprisingly not overly ‘beety’ in the taste department.  Of course, it is also ridiculously nutritious, bursting with too many health benefits to name in this blog post. Iron is just one of the many nutrients that this recipe has going for it, with both the beets and sunflower seeds rich in the important mineral. While trying to conceive, it is a good idea to load up on iron-rich foods in order to prevent iron-deficiency anemia, which is very common during pregnancy.

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Fertility Food Friday: Spring Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

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

I don’t usually eat a lot of salads during the cold winter months, but come springtime when the sun is out, I cannot get enough! Raw veggies are cooling and cleansing, which is exactly what the body is asking for at this time of year. This is a very simple tossed green salad and you can pretty much use whatever vegetables you fancy, but it’s nice to include radishes and lettuces that are available locally right now. The dressing is creamy, slightly sweet, and tangy and can easily double as a dip with veggie sticks or as a coleslaw dressing. In my opinion, the humble poppy seed is not featured often enough. With surprisingly high amounts of calcium, manganese, iron, and other trace minerals, I challenge you to find ways to include poppy seeds in your diet more often, starting with this salad.

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Fertility Food Friday: Maple Walnut Granola

Maple Walnut Granola

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

Granola is such a great breakfast because it’s quick and convenient while also providing so much more nutrition than boxed cereal. Even many store-bought granolas can taste overly sweet and be loaded with sugar and fillers. Luckily, making your own granola is super simple! This Maple Walnut Granola is full of goodies to nourish fertility and start your day off right. In fact, every ingredient features some kind of benefit to your health and fertility. But let’s just discuss the headliners:

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Fertility Food Friday: Hot Cacao “Coffee”

Hot Cacao “Coffee”

 

By Krista A. Parr, R.H.N

While it isn’t necessary to completely cut out coffee while trying to conceive, it is generally recommended that women limit themselves to a cup a day. Many women choose to ‘quit’ coffee while preparing for pregnancy for a variety of reasons, including: the stress that coffee can place on the liver, adrenal glands, blood pressure, and nutrient absorption. For those who are weaning off coffee, this rich, satisfying, chocolatey hot drink provides a bit of a kick without nearly as much caffeine. As an added bonus, high quality raw cacao is considered a ‘superfood’ because of its extremely high antioxidant content. This means it’s very good at protecting cells and tissues from free radical damage. Just remember that raw cacao powder is not the same as cocoa powder, which is highly processed and devoid of any nutrients. The cinnamon in this recipe helps to regulate blood sugar levels, so even if you don’t intend to give up your morning cuppa joe, try adding a dash of good quality cinnamon to your regular coffee.

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