5 Best Fertility Diet Recipes
If you’re interested in fertility diet recipes, you’ve probably already made some healthy lifestyle changes in anticipation of getting pregnant. Eating fertility-enhancing foods is one of the most influential and pregnancy-specific changes you can make. These foods will go a long way to helping you maintain the proper environment to get pregnant, and they will support a healthy pregnancy once it happens.
Nutrition is everything and these recipes contain the building blocks for healthy hormone function, antioxidants to protect your eggs from free radicals, and combatants against chemicals and environmental pollutants.
You may already be eating a healthy diet, regardless of your definition of healthy, but eating for fertility requires specific nutrients that will be the foundation for fetal development, blood health, hormone balance, and building nutrient stores. A deficiency in nutrients vital for a new fetus can cause serious birth defects. The foods you eat today will have an impact on your eggs 3 months from now, so the foods you don’t eat will also impact your fertility.
According to studies done at Harvard University and published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, there was an 80% increase in fertility in female test subjects who switched to a fertility diet. Subjects ate less trans-fats and sugar from carbohydrates, ate more healthy protein, and included more fiber and iron in their diets. They also ate more healthy fats from dairy.
Dr. Weston A. Price, noted for his work on naturally occurring healthy saturated fats and their relation to healthy teeth and gums, has conducted studies which concluded that traditional diets like those eaten before the onset of industrial foods, which included eating healthy fat from animals and dairy along with whole fruits and vegetables, increased fertility and reduced fertility and pregnancy complications.
So you want to eat a diet high in healthy protein, minerals, particularly calcium and magnesium, and healthy oils or fats. Generally, this would include organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed or organic, whole fat, or raw dairy, cold water fish, grass-fed or organic meats, free-range chicken and eggs, high fiber foods, and lots of fresh filtered water. You need vitamins D, C, B6, B12, and E, CoQ10, lipoic acid, folic acid/folate, essential fatty acids, selenium, iron, zinc, calcium, and magnesium.
Drink this anytime you feel hungry or thirsty, morning, noon or if you wake at night.
- 1 fresh or frozen banana
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 1 tablespoon green powder (made from organic whole greens)
- 1 teaspoon royal jelly, bee propolis or bee pollen
- 8 ounces whole-fat raw, organic or grass-fed milk or plain yogurt
Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and drink while fresh.
New York Style Oysters Rockefeller
Not only do oysters make you want to jump into action in the bedroom, they actually make you more fertile! They contain more zinc, essential to conception, than any species known.
- 12 unopened, fresh live oysters, cleaned
- 1-2 slices crisp bacon, drained and crumbled
- 3/4 cup cooked spinach, cooled
- 1/4 cup seasoned Italian style or Panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 tsp. pink or sea salt
- 1/2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 1/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2-2 cups table salt for oyster bed
- Set oven to 450oF (220oC).
- Place oysters into a large pot and cover with water; bring to a boil, then remove from heat immediately.
- Drain and allow to cool. When cool enough to handle, break back the top half of the shell and arrange oysters on a pan or oven-proof plate on a bed of salt. Salt keeps the shells upright and helps warm oysters evenly.
- Roughly chop bacon, spinach, bread crumbs, and parsley salt in a food processor. Add olive oil and process another 8-10 seconds. Do not puree.
- Lightly spoon bread crumb mixture onto each oyster and bake for 10 minutes, then set the oven to broil and brown the tops. Eat them while they’re hot!
Avocado Salad with Yogurt Dressing
Avocados are high in vitamin E to improve the lining of the uterus, minerals, essential fats, and a good amount of fiber. Yogurt is high in soothing bone-building calcium and protein, and pumpkin seeds are a great source of non-heme iron, which will make you up to 40 percent more likely to conceive. You’ll also get folate from broccoli and greens, found in studies to improve ovulation and make healthier sperm.
- 1 handful of baby spinach, arugula, or mixed field greens
- 1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
- 1 cup broccoli crowns, lightly steamed and cooled or chilled
- 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1/2 sweet apple, peel on, cored and diced
- 2 tbsp. shaved parmesan cheese
- Pink salt and ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup organic or pastured, whole-fat plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 ounce unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp or more mustard of your choice (spicy, yellow, Dijon)
- Shake all dressing ingredients in a lidded jar until blended.
- Arrange salad ingredients except parmesan in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
- Add dressing to taste and toss. Top with shaved parmesan.
Old-Fashioned Lentil Soup with Leftover Pot Roast
Lentils are great vegan protein and are an excellent source of iron necessary for reproduction.
- 1 cup dried brown lentils
- 1 cup carrots, diced
- 1/2 cup celery, leaves included, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 tsp pink or sea salt
- 1 cup leftover pot roast pieces
- Cover lentils with water and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer and add all remaining ingredients except beef.
- Cover pot and cook for 30-40 minutes or until lentils are soft.
- Add beef and continue to simmer to warm meat through.
- Serve hot.
Ojai Resort Baked Fish
Saltwater fist is a good source of iodine, protein and omega 3 fatty acids. Eat this light meal for lunch or dinner. If you’re in the mood for fish for breakfast, you can substitute pineapple or orange juice for the wine.
- 1 lb. fresh Tillapia fillets
- 1 lemon, thinly sliced
- 1/4 tsp. thyme or rosemary
- 2 tbsp. white wine
- Lay cleaned fillets in a single layer in a baking dish.
- Bake at 500oF for 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven.
- Lay lemon slices on fish and sprinkle with thyme and wine.
- Bake 3-5 minutes longer until fish flakes with a fork.