I read something the other day that said foods that resemble part of your anatomy are actually very beneficial for that particular body part. There are a lot of fruits that look our reproductive organs so it totally makes sense that they will be important for fertility.
A study that was presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology’s annual meeting in Lisbon, found that eating fruit could boost the chance of having a baby. Whilst these succulent little buds can help improve fertility in both men and women, it seems men are ‘lazier’ when it comes to improving their diet than women, so get your man to up his fruit intake.
Fruits are great sources of Vitamin C, which are important to sperm and egg health due to their antioxidant properties, which attach to and remove free radicals that can cause damage to our bodies. But eating a wide variety of fruit will also keep you topped up with lycopene, folic acid and Vitamin B6, which are important when you’re trying to conceive.
There are many, many fruits that you can add to your daily diet but these are my top five fruits for fertility. Eat at least two portions a day for 90 days before trying to conceive to make a difference to your egg and sperm quality.
I love cooking with lentils. They are a cheap and easy way to bulk up meals, and are a great protein alternative to meat. But did you know that lentils are also one of the top fertility foods? According to Medical News Today just one cup of lentils provides up to 90% of your recommended daily intake of folic acid. Great news for anyone trying to conceive!
Those who are TTC will, I’m sure, be aware that you are recommended to take folic acid supplements before you start trying to get pregnant as it supports the healthy growth of your foetus. It can also help to regulate your menstrual cycle and improve sperm quality. Whilst I don’t suggest that you ditch the supplements, it can’t hurt to add a few lentils to your diet every now and then.
I’ve become a big fan of this vegetarian cottage pie recipe (I think I actually make it more than the meat-filled version now). The sweet potato topping is a nice alternative as well. You can serve this up with whatever veggies you prefer, or if you’re feeling really greedy try it between two slices of buttered bread (seriously it’s delicious!).
I’ve been eating a lot of avocadoes this week. Partly because they were on promotion in the supermarket, but mainly because they are incredibly nutritious and full of good things whilst you’re trying to get pregnant.
Firstly they’re packed with folic acid, which doctors will advise you to take when you start trying to conceive. They are also high in Vitamin B6, which is said to assist fertility by lengthening the luteal phase, improving cervical mucus and helping egg and sperm production. It can be hard to get enough Vitamin B6 through food alone though, so doctors may advise that you take a supplement as well. In any case avocadoes are a great bonus boost!
They are also a monounsaturated fat, which some say helps to improve female fertility.
So here I am trying to eat my way through piles of avocadoes! This has been my most used recipe this week as it’s so quick and easy to make, and is great for breakfast or a snack.
So when I first started this blog, the idea was to share recipe suggestions for pregnancy, but the last few weeks haven’t gone as planned with my miscarriage and all so I never managed to get any up.
Anyway this recipe should suit you whether you’re pregnant or ttc!
I looooove Caesar salads, but I’m really not a fan of store-bought dressings so I’ve made my own here. Lettuce is already a source of folate (AKA folic acid though I think slightly different somehow), but I’ve added spinach leaves here as they’re an even better source.
Whilst anchovies might not be top of everyone’s list, they’re full of Omega-3 fatty acids, which they say you should eat in your first trimester so I would say keep them in. If you don’t like the whole ones on top you can take those out but leave the mashed up ones in the dressing – they really do make it much tastier.