Fertility Food Fridays: Spinach & Feta Cheeseburgers

To our American friends, happy Independence Day! What better way to celebrate than to make healthy, homemade spinach and feta cheeseburgers?

Registered holistic nutritionist Krista A. Parr explains why eating less meat might be good for you and, should you choose beef, how grass-fed beef is better for your health.

Fertiliy boosting Spinach & Feta Cheese Burgers

Spinach & Feta Cheese Burgers (Photo Credit: adventuresofadiposemax.com)

Spinach & Feta Cheeseburgers

Often when I’m educating my clients about cleaning up their diets with fertility foods, the following question comes up: “Where’s the meat?”

It’s not that I don’t believe meat can be part of a balanced diet for most people; it’s just that many of us consume too much meat and not enough varieties of nutrient-rich vegetables, legumes, seeds, and whole grains.

The truth is, we don’t need to eat a lot of meat (or very often) in order to reap its nutritional benefits. And quality really matters when it comes to animal products, which tend to be expensive, so it makes sense to eat meat less often but to favour the good stuff.

The recipe below calls for 100% grass-fed beef. Why is that important? Well, simply because cows’ digestive systems are designed to process grass, and not grains or corn or soy (or, most disturbingly, other animals). When cows are fed corn, for example, they get fatter much faster, which turns a larger profit fast. But eating anything other than grass also makes cows ill. So, indoor feedlot operations routinely feed antibiotics to cows in order to prevent them from becoming sick. Those antibiotics are passed on to the human that consumes that beef product, upsetting our delicate balance of microflora and potentially contributing to widespread antibiotic resistance in the future. Further, grass-fed cows are happier, healthier, and leaner living outside in the sunshine and fresh air, moving around freely, eating their natural diet, and contributing to sustainable land use.

Happy, healthy cows = more nutritious burgers! Happy BBQ season everyone!

This recipe makes about 12 burgers.

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Wellness Wednesdays: Folic Acid

 

Folic acid and fertility

If you’re in the process of trying to get pregnant or are currently pregnant, be sure to consume a healthy dose of folic acid.

If you’re in the process of trying to get pregnant or are currently pregnant, one thing is for sure. Maternal health and fetal health go hand in hand. One of the most important things that a woman can do for her unborn child is to make sure she takes her folic acid. Folic acid can help to prevent serious birth defects in our children.

Folic acid, also known as folate, comes from many different foods including leafy green vegetables like the popular kale and spinach. It can also be found in orange juice and grains.

A healthy dose of folic acid can help prevent and reduce the risk of babies being born with neural tube defects – serious birth defects involving incomplete development of the brain, spine or spinal cord.

Varying doses of folic acid are prescribed for different people and their health statuses.

Healthy patients with no medical issues require a well-balanced diet full of folate-rich foods and daily supplementation with a multivitamin with folic acid (0.4–1.0 mg) for at least two to three months before conception, throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period (4–6 weeks and as long as breastfeeding continues).

Patients who need a higher dose of folic acid (5mg) are:

  • Patients with health risks, including epilepsy, insulin-dependent diabetes and obesity (Body Mass Index [BMI] greater than 35);
  • Those who have a family history of neural tube defects;
  • People belonging to a high-risk ethnic group, e.g. Sikhs require an increased dietary intake of folate-rich foods and daily supplementation with multivitamins with 5 mg of folic acid.

Patients who require a higher dose of folate should consume the vitamin at least three months before conception and continue its intake throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period.

In a nutshell, folic acid is a mandatory ingredient in the recipe of pregnancy.

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