Fertile Friendly Food

I’m a firm believer in Hippocrates’ belief that food should be our medicine, and medicine should be our food.  And I’m a big fan of Paul Pitchford’s Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition.  I came across it in college, and it changed my life and the way I thought about food.  Food not only fuels our bodies, but it can also heal our bodies!  Unfortunately, there are many times when we fail to feed our body properly.  And sometimes our body reacts by functioning improperly, often leading to common illnesses and chronic disorders, such as infertility.  I have several friends and family members who struggle with fertility issues and each case is different.  The variables involved vary as much as the individuals dealing with them.  Some are able to conceive, thanks to the advances of modern medicine.  And many times fertility can be improved by tweaking one’s diet.

The following recipes contain key ingredients that are vital to the reproductive system and may help renew and strengthen the body’s functioning.

  • black beans – Beneficial to reproductive function, often used for infertility
  • flax seed, almonds, walnuts, olives, and avocado – Full of essential fatty acids.  Deficiencies in EFA’s often results in infertility.  Avocados are also beneficial to the uterus, and are often recommended for nursing mothers.
  • sweet potatoes – Increases milk supply for lactating women and helps remove toxins from the body.
  • oatmeal – Restores reproductive systems.

Black Bean Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. black beans
  • 6 c. chicken broth
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 t. MSG-free chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2-4 t. garlic, minced
  • 2 t. brown sugar
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • 2 T. cumin
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • olive oil

Directions:

  1. Sort and rinse beans.  Place in large pot and cover with plenty of water.  Allow to soak overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse soaked beans.  Return to pot and cover with water.  Bring to a simmer and cook until tender, about 2 hours.
  3. Drain and rinse cooked beans.
  4. In large pot, add a tablespoon of olive oil and heat over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent.
  5. Add tomatoes and broth and bring to boil.  Add bouillon, sugar, chili powder and cumin and stir well.  Return black beans to the pot and reduce heat until it simmers.  Remove from heat and add salt and cayenne pepper.
  6. Allow soup to cool.  Blend soup in batches in a blender until smooth.  Return soup to pot and reheat if necessary.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve topped with chopped black olives and avocados.

Chocolate Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana, pureed
  • 1/2 c. cooked black beans, drained and rinsed, then pureed until smooth
  • 1/4 c. almond butter
  • 1/4 c. sweet potato puree
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. agave
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 c. unbleached white flour
  • 1/3 c. wheat flour
  • 1/3 c. ground flax seed
  • 1/2 c. oats (thrown in a blender until fine)
  • 1 1/2 t. gluten
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. walnuts, chopped (opt)

Directions:

  1. In one bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.  Add chocolate chips (and nuts) and toss.  Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.  Fold the dry into the wet, being careful not to over-mix.
  3. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

We’re still on the lookout for some nutritious and delicious recipes!  If you’d like your favorite healthy recipe featured, email me at beth {at} naturalparentsnetwork {dot} com.  Please submit a quality picture with your recipe and refer to contributor guidelines for general directions.

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5 Responses to Fertile Friendly Food

  1. Momma Jorje

    oatmeal is also good for milk supply!

    A lot of these foods also nudge your pH levels more toward the alkaline side, which also makes it easier to get pregnant.

    Great post, thank you!

  2. Rachael  

    And so begins cycle 6 (or 7?) of TTC, and this time I have this nifty list. Thank you! And the best part of it is, oh my goodness the yumminess! Sweet potatoes! Black beans! Avocados! Is there anything on this list that I don’t like to eat? (So she asks as she slathers almond butter on her apple …)

  3. Melodie  

    Just to share: There is a website I found for a friend when she was ttc called Naturally Knocked Up. http://www.naturallyknockedup.com/start-here/ There is lots more fabulous information here. The author is @Donielle on twitter.

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