Healthy holiday recipes to help boost fertility
21st December 2019
When you’re on a fertility journey, nutrition is always at the forefront of your mind. Leading a healthy lifestyle and choosing vitamin-rich foods is an important part of preconception planning. However, we know how hard it can be to resist temptation over the holidays!
But never fear, there are plenty of ways to have a delicious Christmas without compromising on nutritious value. We may not be Jamie Oliver, but we have managed to round up the ten best holiday recipes that tick every box – festive, tasty and great for fertility!
Healthy holiday starter recipes
What’s better than a gorgeous wreath on your front door? A gorgeous wreath on your dining table! This recipe could have made it into our top ten list for presentation alone, but the combination of broccoli, curly kale and Brussel sprouts means it is jam-packed with folate – the naturally occurring form of folic acid! This highly nutritious dish is perfecting for impressing guests, as well as being an ideal addition to your preconception diet.
Mushrooms are another great source of folate, although they aren’t your classic festive food. However, these fab stuffed mushrooms are ideal as an amuse-bouche on Christmas day or a canapé at a Boxing Day gathering. The vegetables they are stuffed with add another layer of nutrition and the lentils are another fertility superfood – containing high levels of the polyamine spermidine, which may help sperm fertilise the egg. Need another reason to love them? They are also totally vegan!
One of the best ways to avoid the dreaded Christmas bloat is to go light on your starter. Asparagus and salmon have always been a favoured combination for appetisers, but did you know it’s also a fertility-boosting team? Asparagus is full of our old friend, folate, but it also contains zinc and selenium, both important for male fertility. Salmon contains omega-3 and vitamin D, both known for supporting healthy conception and child development!
Healthy holiday main and side recipes
If you’re vegan or have vegan family and friends, then a nut roast makes the perfect centrepiece for your Christmas meal. This recipe uses walnuts, which are amazing for both male and female fertility. They are high in magnesium which boosts progesterone production in women and they are also thought to improve the shape and vitality of sperm. The roast is so delicious it almost makes you forget about Turkey…
…however, if you still going down the traditional route, we have some good news for you! Turkey is actually a fairly lean protein, which is packed with iron, an important nutrient for fertility. If you still want to get all the fertility benefits of nuts, without forgoing meat, these stuffing balls are a great option! They’re made of pistachios, pecans and hazelnuts, with some apricots thrown in for a few extra vitamins. They also include pomegranate seeds – pomegranates are high in antioxidants which are thought to improve sperm health!
This recipe for braised cabbage includes fertility favourite, walnuts, but it’s the apples, we’re really interested in here. Not only do they make the cabbage taste heavenly, but they offer a great mix of nutrients, including fibre. They are low in calories which makes them ideal for getting all the nutritional benefits, without the high levels of sugar found in many other fruits. They are also thought to improve sperm count!
Ok, we’ll be honest. One of the big pieces of advice given when planning a fertility diet is to avoid trans fats and complex carbs, making roast potatoes, a bit of a no-no. But – it’s Christmas! And even if you’re trying to follow a healthy preconception plan, you deserve to treat yourself. If like us, you can’t resist the allure of a crispy carb come Christmas day, this low-fat recipe makes them a little healthier for you!
Healthy holiday dessert recipes
We love something citrusy at the end of Christmas lunch – and this lemon meringue is low in fat and high in flavour! Citrus fruits are an amazing source of vitamin C and folate – which, as we mentioned earlier, are both incredibly important for preconception. They are also packed with calcium and potassium. This guilt-free dessert is the perfect way to top off your healthy meal.
If you’d rather have a very berry Christmas, we love this gluten-free, blueberry cheesecake! Blueberries are amazing for boosting your fertility. Like lemons, they are full of folate and vitamin C but they are also loaded with natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, which help boost both female and male fertility. But the best part? There’s no baking involved! This is the ideal dessert for making ahead of time, making your Christmas morning totally stress free.
We hope you love these recipes as much as we do! If you would like more information on nutrition for fertility, check out our fertility diet plan blog. You can also sign up to Adia for free to access a wealth of content to help you on your fertility journey, including our Nutrition 101 Course.