Fertility Food Friday: Peach Blender Ice Cream

Fertility boosting recipe by Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Recipe by Krista A. Parr

If you read the ingredient list on a bucket of ice cream or box of ‘frozen novelties’ you may see things like magnesium hydroxide, sodium phosphate, propylene glycol alginate, potassium sorbate, soy lecithin, diethylglycol, piperonal, modified corn starch…the list goes on. These and other ingredients in commercially made ice cream range from dangerous chemicals to highly processed genetically modified ‘foods.’ No wonder eating ice cream gives so many people an upset tummy! Eating for fertility means reducing your toxic load, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious frozen treat this summer. If you have a decent, high-powered blender, this recipe will be a breeze to whip together and it only contains 4 ingredients, all easy to pronounce! Be aware that the measurements need to be exact or you won’t get the right texture.

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Fertility Food Friday: Raspberry, Lemon and Mint Infused Water

Healthy, fertility boosting infused water recipe by Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Use whatever fruit or herbs you have on hand to enhance your water.

Recipe by Krista A. Parr

We all know how important it is to keep hydrated, especially in hot weather. But if you don’t love the taste of plain water, fruit and herb-infused water is a refreshing option. Use whatever fruit or herbs you have on hand, such as peach-lemon balm or rhubarb-lavender. It’s important to note that it’s wise to avoid drinking a lot of fluids while eating, so try to hydrate yourself in-between meals (leave a 30 minute window). This is because digestive juices in your stomach are diluted when you take in fluids with food, compromising the proper breakdown of the food and leading to poor nutrient absorption. One reason people may drink a lot of water with meals is that it is thought to make you feel fuller, leading you to eat less; this is a myth. You may feel fuller on less food at the time, but you’ll probably feel hungry again soon because your body is still craving the calories and nutrients it actually needs. So, listen to your body’s hunger cues and eat until your body feels nourished by the real, whole food on your plate. Hydrating with basic water or more flavourful beverages like this raspberry, lemon and mint infused water should happen during the rest of the day. Bottoms up!

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Fertility Food Fridays: Spinach & Feta Cheeseburgers

To our American friends, happy Independence Day! What better way to celebrate than to make healthy, homemade spinach and feta cheeseburgers?

Registered holistic nutritionist Krista A. Parr explains why eating less meat might be good for you and, should you choose beef, how grass-fed beef is better for your health.

Fertiliy boosting Spinach & Feta Cheese Burgers

Spinach & Feta Cheese Burgers (Photo Credit: adventuresofadiposemax.com)

Spinach & Feta Cheeseburgers

Often when I’m educating my clients about cleaning up their diets with fertility foods, the following question comes up: “Where’s the meat?”

It’s not that I don’t believe meat can be part of a balanced diet for most people; it’s just that many of us consume too much meat and not enough varieties of nutrient-rich vegetables, legumes, seeds, and whole grains.

The truth is, we don’t need to eat a lot of meat (or very often) in order to reap its nutritional benefits. And quality really matters when it comes to animal products, which tend to be expensive, so it makes sense to eat meat less often but to favour the good stuff.

The recipe below calls for 100% grass-fed beef. Why is that important? Well, simply because cows’ digestive systems are designed to process grass, and not grains or corn or soy (or, most disturbingly, other animals). When cows are fed corn, for example, they get fatter much faster, which turns a larger profit fast. But eating anything other than grass also makes cows ill. So, indoor feedlot operations routinely feed antibiotics to cows in order to prevent them from becoming sick. Those antibiotics are passed on to the human that consumes that beef product, upsetting our delicate balance of microflora and potentially contributing to widespread antibiotic resistance in the future. Further, grass-fed cows are happier, healthier, and leaner living outside in the sunshine and fresh air, moving around freely, eating their natural diet, and contributing to sustainable land use.

Happy, healthy cows = more nutritious burgers! Happy BBQ season everyone!

This recipe makes about 12 burgers.

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