Wow! What an amazing class we had last night at the Moxie office. Blue Russ, of Blue Russ Health Coaching, and Amanda Schneider, a Wellness Educator with Juice Plus, provided the class with practical tips for increasing fertility as well as lots of ideas for making healthy eating easy, in pregnancy.
For instance, did you know that an essential component of the diet of a woman trying to conceive is healthy fat? True! Blue and Amanda shared a list of foods that are high in fat, but also very healthy, such as avocados, coconut oil, and fish oils. They also explained the link between a deficiency in healthy fats and the forgetfulness, or “pregnancy brain” that many women experience!
Blue also talked about easy way to incorporate greens into your diet, and made us all smoothies! Amanda brought her home made kale chips. YUM!
I learned quite a lot and wanted to share with you a recipe I created for a great salad to boost fertility, as well as to support a healthy pregnancy:
Going Gaga for Goo-Goo Ga-Ga Salad:
- 1 Large Avocado
- Handful of Organic Kale
- Handful of Organic Rainbow Chard (so it’s beautiful)
- 28 (Or the Number of Days in Your Average Moon Cycle!) Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds [Note: You can pick these up from Whole Foods in the bins already salted with Himalayan sea salt.]
- A Dash of Himalayan Sea Salt, if Not Already Found in the Pumpkin Seeds
- A Tablespoon of Olive Oil
- 1/2 Cup of Diced Organic Red Bell Pepper
- A Sprinkle of Red Clover Blossoms (Red clover is super easy to grow. You can order some seeds and plant some in your home, so you can make teas regularly and eat the blossoms fresh.)
Wash your greens and veggies thoroughly, and then chop up the greens, in your most favorite way. Greens are a blood tonic, and contain Vitamins A, C, and K, as well as iron, calcium, and magnesium. They are also an immunity booster. Plus, green is the color of fertility. Toss these in a brightly colored bowl that makes you feel happy. Cube the avocado, and sprinkle it over the greens. Avocado (also green… nice!) has healthy fats that assist in preparing your body to support new life. Dice the red pepper, and place it in the center. Red pepper has Vitamin C, which helps you absorb all of the iron and other great nutrients from the greens. Also, red is the color of sensuality. Sprinkle the sprouted pumpkin seeds all over, and then drizzle on the olive oil. Both of these are also healthy fats, just like the avocado. Incorporating a variety of healthy fats into your diet will help balance your hormones and “prime the pump” quite nicely. Top with red clover blossoms, and remind yourself that your body, mind, and spirit are ever blossoming, allowing you to be open to all of life’s blessings. Enjoy often.