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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: 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 Friday: Savory Sunflower Seed Paté

Healthy fertility recipe sunflower seed pate

Sunflower seeds have more protein than beef, calorie for calorie.

Recipe by Krista A. Parr

The humble sunflower seed, in my opinion, does not get nearly enough attention in this world of glamorized almonds, hemp, flax and chia. Raw, organic sunflower seeds are not only a fraction of the price of those other nuts and seeds; they are also seriously nutrient-dense! Did you know that sunflower seeds have more protein than beef, calorie for calorie?  They are also an excellent source of vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, folate and cholesterol-lowering phytosterols. Given their diverse and impressive nutritional profile, sunflower seeds deserve a starring role in your fertility diet. The recipe below for Savory Sunflower Seed Paté is easy, delicious, versatile, and probably like nothing you have ever tasted before…

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