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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: 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: Babcia’s Beet Greens Soup

Fertility boosting recipe by Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

 

Recipe by Krista A. Parr

My Polish Babcia (Grandma) passed this recipe down to my mom, who passed it down to me. I’ve always loved it in late summer, as days are getting shorter and cooler and beautiful bunches of beets are plentiful at the farmer’s markets and in the garden. It’s a light soup, making it appropriate for warmer days. Beets are high in boron, an important mineral for the production of sex hormones and, appropriately, in ancient Roman times beet juice was considered an aphrodisiac. Another important mineral for fertility and pregnancy is iron, which beets are bursting with. Keeping the liver in top working condition should be a priority for those trying to conceive, and beets stimulate the liver to eliminate toxins and excess hormones from the body as well as perform hundreds of other essential functions. Beet greens (the tops) are also incredibly nutritious, containing even more iron and calcium than the roots as well as very high levels of folic acid.

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Fertility Food Friday: Grilled Vegetable and Farro Salad

Fertility boosting recipe by Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

 

Recipe by Krista A. Parr

Farro is an ancient strain of wheat with a much lower gluten content and a much higher protein content than common wheat. It’s also packed with magnesium, zinc, iron, B vitamins and fiber; all important elements of a balanced fertility diet. With a mild nutty flavor and a chewy but firm texture, farro really works well in salads. Better than quinoa, in my opinion, because it won’t become soggy after marinating in the fridge with veggies and dressing after a few days. While there are many nutrients in this salad that are supportive of male and female fertility, its best quality may be that it sets you up for healthy eating success.  Once you have this salad in your fridge (it makes a very large batch!) it is a quick, healthy, nutrient-dense meal or snack that is ready to eat with no further preparation. It’s also versatile: bring to a potluck or picnic, serve as a side dish with whatever is going on the BBQ, or pack it for lunch on top of a bed of lettuce and an avocado on the side. You may wonder why the recipe asks you to melt butter to grill the veggies rather than simply drizzling on olive oil. Butter is a saturated fat which is not easily damaged by high heat cooking (ie. BBQ). Damaged fats behave like free radicals in your body, causing damage to your tissues. As a mono-unsaturated fat, olive oil is more delicate than butter and easily damaged by heat, light, and air. When you consume olive oil raw, it rewards you with numerous health benefits, but when you heat it (especially high heat like BBQ grilling), olive oil becomes a damaged, dangerous fat. If you don’t want to use butter, coconut oil is another great option for high-heat cooking.

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Fertility Food Friday: Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

fertility dessert recipe strawberry rhubarb crumble

This crumble is so nutritious and full of fiber that you could eat it for breakfast or lunch.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Recipe by Krista A. Parr

Fresh local fruit season has begun! Hooray! Strawberry and rhubarb are typically amongst the first local fruits to emerge here on the West Coast, but you can make this recipe with whatever is in season as the summer progresses: blueberries & green apples, blackberries & raspberries, peaches & plums are all just a few of the delicious flavor combinations you can make. While technically a dessert, this crumble is so nutritious and full of fiber that you could eat it for breakfast or lunch, guilt-free, as part of your healthy fertility diet. Like all sour-tasting foods, rhubarb stimulates the liver and works as a gentle detoxifier and mild laxative; great for improving the digestive and elimination systems of the body and clearing space for healing of all kinds. The fertility benefits of strawberries are found mostly in their exceptionally high anti-inflammatory and ant-oxidant properties. Local strawberries are higher in all nutrients because they are allowed to remain growing on the plant until perfectly ripe, unlike imported fruits which are harvested unripe and often chemically-ripened after travelling long distances. Oats are a deeply nourishing food which supports the reproductive system as well as the kidneys, stomach, heart, lungs, and large intestine. Oats are high in selenium, zinc, B vitamins and protein and are a low-glycemic food.  They also have “adaptogen” properties,  meaning oats can improve the body’s resistance to stress and thus support the body’s own efforts to bring itself into a state of balance. May you all be nourished by the bounty of your local, seasonal fruits and the energy of the sun over the coming summer months!

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