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! Continue reading
I’ve been seeing an acupuncturist who has advised that to help the implantation process it’s important to keep your uterus warm. Given that my uterus is snugly tucked up by the digestive organs, I thought it would already be pretty warm, but – so my acupuncturist has told me – cold drinks, frozen food and raw vegetables and fruits can cool it down so there is less blood flow, and it is harder for the egg to attach.
Over the last few months I’ve been trying to eat more warming foods, like soups, stews and curries, and drinking warm or hot drinks to make it feel like my uterus is wrapped up in a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa in front of a roaring fire, so I thought I would share this yummy soup recipe.
Chicken barley soup is one of my favourite dishes from when I was a kid. My mum would make it if you even started to have a sniffle, so it reminds me of being looked after. I’ve adapted her recipe by making the chicken broth, rather than using a stock cube (sorry mum!), but the one ingredient I won’t sacrifice is the marmite! You just stir a teaspoon in to your own bowl when you’re ready to eat it, but it makes all the difference!