Today I’m thrilled to be guest posting on the fertility blog of the Rooted in Health Naturopathic Clinic in beautiful Barrie, Ontario.
I’ve created a delicious winter/early spring soup that is packed with fertility-boosting and enhancing foods, including broccoli, garlic, ginger, spinach, non-dairy nut milk, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. This soup is gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free and corn-free. You can substitute your favourite vegetable stock for the chicken stock to make this soup vegan.
To make this creamy soup dairy-free, I have used a nut milk in place of dairy milk or cream. I’ve used both almond milk and cashew milk at different times in this recipe but you can substitute another non-dairy milk (Brazil nut milk maybe?) if you prefer. I like using nuts in this recipe because they contain phytosterols, which are known to balance testosterone production. Almonds and cashews are also good sources of magnesium, which helps regulate levels of prolactin, a hormone that can compete with testosterone.
Like some other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli contains a compound called indole-3-carbinol (I-3-C), which helps balance hormones by altering estrogen metabolism and helping reduce excess levels of this hormone in the body. Spinach is a dark leafy green that offers magnesium, iron, zinc and antioxidants like vitamin C, making it an excellent choice for your fertility diet! It also provides folic acid, which is essential for healthy ovaries and sperm, and for preventing neural tube defects during the first trimester of baby’s development.
Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, which supports fertility in both men and women. In women, it supports ovulation and helps the body make use of its reproductive hormones. In men, zinc is critical for sperm production. Low levels of zinc can also exacerbate the effects of stress on the body. Nuts and seeds like almonds and cashews also contain decent amounts of zinc.
Sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E, which is a potent antioxidant needed for healthy development of sperm. Lemon juice also offers vitamin C, another antioxidant that helps support fertility. In particular, vitamin C helps protect sperm from the oxidative stress caused by free radicals.
Eager to check out the recipe for my Fertility Soup with Lemony Pumpkin Seed Pesto?
Hop on over to the Rooted in Health fertility website for all the delicious details.
Life is a plate… Eat up!