Fertility Food Friday: Creamy Cantaloupe Smoothie

It’s lovely and warm today, and what better way to enjoy the sunshine and soak up some vitamin D than drinking a healthy, vitamin-filled, creamy cantaloupe smoothie on a patio or on the beach!

Registered holistic nutritionist Krista A. Parr has the perfect cantaloupe smoothie recipe to end your warm, summer week.

#TGIF!

Healthy fertility recipe: Creamy Cantaloupe Smoothie

Enjoy a lovely, healthy, creamy cantaloupe smoothie while soaking up some sun. (Photo Credit: Blendtec)

Creamy Cantaloupe Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to get high fibre and nutrients in an easily digestible form. They’re also quick, easy, convenient on the go, and can sustain you for a long time when there is adequate protein and quality fats included. This delicious smoothie achieves all of the above, plus a host of fertility nutrients including essential fatty acids, calcium, folate, and vitamins E, C, and B6. So, all in one smoothie you have the potential to regulate hormones, protect sperm and eggs from oxidative damage, increase cervical fluid, remove toxins and excess hormones from the body, and increase blood flow to the reproductive organs! Plus, all of the ingredients in this smoothie have an alkaline effect on body chemistry, offsetting the acidity of stress, medications, pollution, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar, and creating a welcoming environment for sperm.

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Fertility Food Fridays: Banana Blender Cookies

We all have our dietary vices, but this sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten-free recipe from Root to Fruit registered holistic nutritionist Krista A. Parr for healthy, nutritional and delicious banana blender cookies means you can eat these during all times of the year, guilt-free!

Fertility Food Fridays - Banana Blender Cookies

Banana Blender Cookies 

Sugar lowers the immune system by paralyzing white blood cells and also depletes minerals like calcium and magnesium while being metabolized by your body. Too much sugar can also lead to weight gain and a host of other undesirable effects. But sugary treats are also comfort foods for many people, and you may find that you crave a sweet, comforting cookie now and then on your fertility journey.

These yummy banana cookies are so healthy you can enjoy them as a snack or even a light breakfast (not just for dessert!). With plenty of fiber to remove toxins from your body and lower cholesterol, and cinnamon to balance blood sugar levels, I promise these cookies will provide both comfort and nourishment! There is some confusion about whether or not oats are gluten-free, so allow me to explain: oats are naturally gluten-free, however, most oats are processed in facilities that also process gluten-containing foods. So, cross-contamination with gluten makes most oats unsafe for those with celiac disease. Certified gluten-free oats (produced in a facility that does not process any gluten) are available in such circumstances.

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Fertility Food Fridays: Ginger Tonic

Here’s a recipe for a refreshing, healthy summer drink from registered holistic nutritionist Krista A. Parr. What more can you ask for!

Fertility Food Friday: Ginger Tonic

Fertility Food Friday: Ginger Tonic (Photo Credit: Bigstock Images)

Ginger Tonic

The therapeutic uses of ginger root are too numerous to discuss in this short blog post, so I’ll touch on just a few of the properties that can potentially boost fertility.

First, ginger root is a potent anti-inflammatory herb which may reduce pain as effectively as NSAID’s and aspirin (menstrual pain included!). This anti-inflammatory action is due, in part, to the free radical protection provided by ginger. Excess inflammation and free radical damage negatively affect every part of the reproductive process.

Second, ginger root improves circulation and promotes blood flow to the reproductive organs.

Third, this ginger tonic has a very alkalizing effect on body chemistry, which promotes efficient enzyme activity in every chemical process going on in your body.

And lastly, ginger root improves digestive capabilities, making the nutrients in your healthy fertility diet more effectively absorbed. 

Sip on 2-3 mugs of this spicy tonic in the evenings, 30-45 minutes after dinner.

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Fertility Food Fridays: Zesty Guacamole

Are you up for a Mexican fiesta? If so, Root to Fruit registered holistic nutritionist Krista A. Parr‘s latest recipe for making zesty guacamole might be the perfect addition to your weekend feast. It’s also an especially tasty and nutritious treat for those suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Fertility Food Friday: Zesty Guacamole

Fertility Food Friday: Zesty Guacamole

Zesty Guacamole

Avocados are a beautifully symbolic fertility food: an avocado takes nine months to grow from blossom to ripe fruit, and it even looks like a woman’s womb! But beyond this symbolic imagery, avocados are packed with nutritional properties that nourish female fertility. High in monounsaturated fat, avocados can boost fertility by lowering inflammation in the body. As a low-carb, low-sugar, and very high fiber food, avocado is a great choice for blood sugar regulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Also high in necessary fertility vitamins C, E, B6 and folate, try to include at least 1 avocado per week in your pre-conception and fertility diet.

What makes this guacamole so special is the inclusion of the lime zest. Melding with the cilantro, green onion and garlic, it makes for a very complex flavour. You could use lemon zest & juice in place of lime, but it won’t be quite the same. Whatever citrus juice you choose to use, this guacamole will last in the fridge at least 4 days without going black, as the citrus juice keeps it fresh.

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Fertility Food Fridays: Non-Toxic Coloured Easter Eggs

Happy Easter!

Still need a good recipe for Easter eggs? Fret not – Root to Fruit registered holistic nutritionist Krista A. Parr has the recipe for you – the non-toxic formula is perfect for those who want to paint eggs during this holiday.

Fertility Health: Non-Toxic Coloured Easter Eggs

Non-Toxic Coloured Easter Eggs

Most women begin trying to reduce their toxic load while preparing for pregnancy by favouring organic food, avoiding food and beverage containers with BPA, and switching to more natural cosmetics and cleaning products. I applaud these efforts, as there’s so much unavoidable toxicity in our air, water, and food that it’s wise to reduce toxic exposure wherever possible.

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Fertility Food Friday: Spring Buckwheat Salad

For a zesty treat to brighten up your spring day, try registered holistic nutritionist Krista A. Parr‘s recipe for buckwheat salad. A definite must-try for those who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Fertility Food Friday: Spring Buckwheat Salad

Fertility Food Friday: Spring Buckwheat Salad (Photo Credit: TheHealthyFoodie.com)

Spring Buckwheat Salad

Recipe by Krista A. Parr

Enjoy this colourful, anti-oxidant-rich salad as a side dish or light lunch served over a bed of baby greens. It’ll also be a hit at any potluck! Buckwheat is a gluten-free whole grain packed with B vitamins, zinc, fiber and D-chiro inositol, an important substance for women with PCOS. Choose high-quality cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil and raw pumpkin or sunflower seeds in order to benefit from their healthy fats. The radish, cucumber, green onion, lemon juice, and green apple stimulate the liver to gently cleanse the body, but you can use any veggies you have on hand.

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Fertility Food Fridays: Soba Noodle Bowls

Looking for the perfect pick-me-up on a cool, spring day? Registered holistic nutritionist Krista A. Parr has just the right solution in the form of soba noodle bowls!

Fertility Food Friday: Soba Noodle Bowls

Fertility Food Friday: Soba Noodle Bowls

Soba Noodle Bowls

Recipe by Krista A. Parr

These Soba Noodle Bowls are so simple, quick, delicious, and beautiful! And almost every ingredient is a fertility-boosting superstar. The many colours indicate a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients including beta-carotene, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and lycopene, to name just a few. The high fiber content of these selected vegetables also assists in binding to excess estrogen and cholesterol in the body and safely removing them. You can think of this whole meal as gentle detoxification. Perfect for Spring, when our bodies are naturally trying to cleanse themselves!

The Miso Tahini Sauce is where the fertility benefits of this meal really shine. Every ingredient has an alkaline effect on your body pH. This is important for fertility and overall health because enzyme activity (the catalyst of every chemical reaction in your body) is most efficient in a slightly alkaline environment. There is so much acidity in our lives from stress, pollution, medications, meat, dairy, grains, caffeine, and sugar that we need to offset that acidity with alkaline foods like this Miso Tahini Sauce. Further, cervical fluid that is acidic is hostile to sperm.

You may have heard that soy products should be avoided in a fertility diet because of the estrogen-mimicking properties. This is true, however, miso is very different from other soy products and can be a great addition to your fertility diet. Because it is fermented, miso provides friendly bacteria to enhance the immune system and improve digestion and absorption of nutrients. It’s also an inexpensive, easily digestible form of complete protein.

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Fertility Food Friday: Healthy Homemade Granola

Want a great start to spring? Registered holistic nutritionist Krista A. Parr has a recipe for healthy homemade granola so you’ll have a delicious kick start to every spring morning!

Fertility Food Friday: Healthy Homemade Granola

Fertility Food Friday: Healthy Homemade Granola

Healthy Homemade Granola

Recipe by Krista A. Parr

Processed cereal is a popular choice for breakfast because it’s quick and convenient. However, when whole grains are forced into unnatural shapes like flakes, puffs, shreds, sticks, and o’s through a high-pressure process called extrusion, most of the nutrients are destroyed and the amino acids (proteins) are rendered toxic. This is how all boxed cereals are made, even the ones marketed as “healthy.”

So what’s the alternative? Make a large batch of this healthy granola on the weekend, and enjoy it for breakfast throughout the week! Because all of the ingredients are whole, unrefined foods, you will feel fuller for longer than you would with conventional cereal. From a fertility perspective, this delicious breakfast will not spike blood sugar levels like boxed cereal, meaning no inflammatory response will be triggered. Further, the zinc in the pumpkin seeds, raisins, and pure maple syrup is necessary for hormone production and utilization as well as sperm production, quality, and quantity. The antioxidants in the raw cacao fight to protect eggs and sperm from oxidative damage.

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