We all know we should eat our greens, and it’s even more important when you’re trying to conceive. Dark, leafy greens like kale, Swiss chard and spinach are some of the most nutritious veggies you can chow down on, packed with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients.
I’d always dismissed kale before, thinking it was overpriced, trendy and not that nice, but it comes up time and time again in lists of top fertility foods so it can’t be ignored any longer!
Kale is a phytonutrient, which enhances the immune system, protects cells from damage, and helps to detoxify the body. It’s high in folate, iron, vitamin A and is also a great source of calcium, which helps egg maturation and follicular development.
This lovely light soup is a great way of getting a healthy dose of kale in your diet. It’s delicious served with fresh, crusty bread as well, otherwise you’ll probably be left feeling hungry!
- 200g kale, washed thoroughly, chopped with stalks removed
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 apple, diced with skin on
- 2 carrots, peeled and grated
- 500ml vegetable stock
- 1tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1tbsp maple syrup
Put all of the ingredients, except the kale, in to a saucepan or soup maker and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the kale and simmer for another 3-4 minutes.
If you’re using a saucepan, blend with a stick blender everything until smooth, or whizz up in the soup maker or a food processor.
Serve with crispy bacon, sliced thinly, a few thin pieces of apple and a spoonful of crème fraiche on top.