A nutrient dense smoothie is a great way to start your day when you are trying to conceive. The following is an easy smoothie recipe to maximize your fertility. Since some of the ingredients are lesser known, but also “stars” of the fertility super food world, I’ve included an explanation of what they are and how they can boost your fertility. The great thing about smoothies is they can also be adapted to your particular taste, so feel free to play around with the recipe a bit. You want to make sure it’s not only nutritious, but also delicious!
Fertility Smoothie Recipe Ingredients:
- Frozen organic berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc)
- Milk of choice (almond, rice, hemp or whole organic dairy if you can tolerate dairy – or even better raw milk if you have a reliable source – more on this later in a future post!)
- Protein powder (I recommend no soy and try to get a “clean” ingredient list with the least additives possible)
- 1 scoop Maca*
- Royal Jelly*
- Greens Powder*
- Organic coconut oil (one heaping tablespoon)
- One Banana (frozen if you like a cold smoothie)
DIRECTIONS: Simply add to your blender, mix and enjoy! I’ve found that you can play with the measurements for smoothies until you get it just right for your taste. As far as the super foods, just check the label for the usual daily serving use as a guide.
*Maca: Maca root is a super food from Peru that helps to balance hormones can increase progesterone (an important hormone is you are trying to conceive and found have low levels) and can increase egg quality.
*Royal Jelly: Royal jelly is a food that is fed to the queen bee (it is, in fact one of the things that makes her the queen). It can increase egg quality and boost general fertility. This super food is also high in vitamins A, B, C, D and minerals including calcium and iron. It also contains essential amino acids and is helpful for the immune system. (NOTE: DO NOT INCLUDE THIS IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO BEES)
*Greens Powder: A healthy diet for everyone should contain a diet rich in whole foods, especially dark green vegetables. These foods can build a strong foundation for general and reproductive health. Adding a greens powder to your smoothie makes sure that you are getting your greens in everyday. Some of the most beneficial greens (check your powder’s ingredients list) are: wheat grass, spirulina, kamut and rye grasses and alfalfa.
Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? If yes, I’d love to hear about it! Please share in the comments….