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: Autumn Lentil Soup

Fertility boosting recipe by Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Recipe by Krista A. Parr

During autumn and winter I recommend making a big pot of soup once per week so that there’s always some nutritious comfort food readily available. It’s also a great way to use up whatever veggies in your fridge need eating up. Soup recipes like this one are very flexible, so feel free to be creative with the veggies and herbs you include. Having said that, there are 2 ingredients in this recipe that I’d like to highlight. Lentils are higher in protein than any other bean or legume (except soy, which is NOT a fertility-friendly food) while also being easier to digest and less ‘gas-producing.’ According to the Harvard Nurses Health Study, the largest study ever done on diet and fertility, women with the highest intake of plant-based protein are much less likely to have infertility. This doesn’t mean you need to follow a vegetarian diet, just eat plant proteins often.  Lentils also contain significant amounts of iron, zinc, magnesium, folate and other B vitamins. Because they are packed with cholesterol-lowering fiber and the ability to stabilize blood-sugar levels, lentils are a fabulous source of slow-burning fuel. Not to mention that all of theses benefits come with very little fat and few calories!

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