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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: 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: 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: 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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