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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: 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: 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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