I’ve talked about the benefits of steak on fertility before. It’s a great source of L-arginine, which can improve circulation and in turn boost egg and sperm health. It’s also a good way to get your vitamin B6 (especially if it’s grass-fed beef), which can help to lengthen your luteal phase and increase cervical mucus. My doctor has advised me to eat red meat twice a week so Friday’s have now become steak night!
I’ve paired this steak with a bright, fresh, raw Asian-style salad which is packed full of Vitamin C from the red pepper, mango and lime juice. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant for both men and women’s fertility. Vitamin C is said to improve hormone levels in women, while it improves sperm quality and protects sperm from DNA damage, which can help to reduce the chance of miscarriage and chromosomal problems.
- 4x sirloin steaks
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- 1tsp fresh ginger, grated
- ½ red chili, finely chopped
- 1tbsp palm sugar
- 1tsp Thai fish sauce
- 2tbsps lime juice
- 1tsp sesame oil
- ½ unripe mango, sliced thinly
- 1 small cucumber, seeds removed and sliced into matchsticks
- 1 carrot, sliced into matchsticks
- 100g beansprouts
- ½ red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 spring onion, finely chopped
- Small bunch fresh coriander, chopped
- Small bunch fresh mint, chopped
- 1tsp sesame seeds
To make the dressing, mix together the garlic, ginger, red chili, palm sugar, fish sauce, lime juice and sesame oil. In a large bowl mix the mango, cucumber, carrot, beansprouts, red pepper, spring onion, coriander, mint and sesame seeds.
Cook the steaks to your liking – see my guide on how to cook the perfect steak here.
When you’re ready to serve toss the dressing through the salad and divide up amongst four plates alongside the steaks.