Why are nuts and seeds so important when trying to conceive? It varies from nut to nut, but they are said to be good for both fertility and during pregnancy as they are loaded with fibre, protein, minerals and essential fatty acids.
Almonds, sunflower seeds and peanuts are ‘building foods’ because they are a healthy protein. Pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds are the best sources for zinc, which can help improve the health of both the egg and sperm and balance hormones. Sunflower seeds and almonds also contain Vitamin E, which can help to increase your cervical mucus and improve sperm mobility. And Brazil nuts are said to have the high levels of selenium, which is crucial in the development of healthy ovarian follicles.
Nuts are super easy to add in to your daily diet. Eat them raw as a snack, sprinkle them over salads, porridge or yoghurt, or chop them up and mix with bulgar wheat and big bunches of fresh mint and parsley to make a tabbouleh. If you fancy something a little sweeter try this Sweet Coconut and Nut Mix, which I love having with porridge in the mornings.
- ½ cup coconut flakes
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup raw almonds
- 1tbsp coconut oil
- 2tbsp maple syrup
- 1tsp cinnamon
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (160°C for a fan oven).
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Spread out evenly on a large baking sheet and roast in the oven for 8 minutes, turning once in between.
Leave to cool then store in a tightly sealed jar or container until you’re ready to use. Scatter over porridge, muesli or yoghurt or just eat as a snack.