Say that 5 times fast, 5 Fall Favorite Fertility Foods…! Pumpkin season is fading away, here comes peppermint mocha and pine tree everything. Although I proudly admit our tree may or may not be up already. While we still have exactly 1 month until official winter hits, I want to focus on some super fertility foods that I’ve personally been packing into my weekly meal prep. Quick run down of the list, in no particular order:
- Butternut Squash
- Sweet Potatoes
What do three of these foods have in common? Color. Orange foods are rich in Vitamin A, Zinc, potassium, beta carotenes, omega 3s, and magnesium. Raw pumpkin seeds are great for male fertility in particular due to the high zinc content. Does anything really beat a baked sweet potato smother in butter? And don’t get me started on my butternut squash smoothie soup (even the hubs ate it), future post coming with the recipe!
Cranberries are perfect this time of year, (and cheap) in my opinion the perfect compliment to any Thanksgiving turkey and gravy (sadly not on the list of top fertility foods!). Cranberries are super high in antioxidants which helps cleanse the entire body but in mainly the kidneys which are one of the body’s main elimination organs which carry toxins and crap out of the body. My quick, healthy version of cranberry sauce includes heating the cranberries in a sauce pan over medium heat with 2 T coconut sugar or maple syrup and 1 cup of orange juice.
Last but not least to round out my personal fall favorite fertility foods are apples. Crisp, green, Granny Smith’s are my personal fav due to their lower sugar content compared to other apples (although I won’t hate on a ripe Honeycrisp this time of year). One of my all time favorite dessert hacks is sprinkling apple pie spice and butter or ghee over the apples and heating them either in the microwave or on the stove for a few minutes. Apples are great for fertility because they slow the absorption of carbs and sugar into the body. Blood sugar instability is a major factor in PCOS and various other fertility struggles. Apples are on the dirty dozen list so I always recommend sticking to organic apples when possible!
There you have it, by no means a comprehensive list. But by all means, a very delicious, healthy, affordable list! Enjoy and don’t forget to share your photos and tag @gloeenhealth.
Have a great, Gloeen week!