This pumpkin pie fertility smoothie is going to ensure you consume an abundant supply of nutrients in one serving to increase your chances of a healthy and natural conception.
You’ve heard it all before – eat your fruits and veggies to live a longer vibrant healthy life. But what if eating healthier meant that you could increase your chances of conceiving? Think about it… If nutrition is a key factor in your heart health, eyesight and your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes then it only makes sense that nutrition influences your ability to get pregnant and carry that pregnancy to term.
Yes ma’am the health of your eggs and your fertility are 100% influenced by your diet.
In many ways that’s excellent news because it means that a great deal of the power lies right in your hands. The choice of what you eat and do not eat.
Foods that can harm fertility
- Junk food – uber processed fast food, refined carbohydrates, sodas and the like create an acidic, inflammatory environment in your body. Not exactly the ideal home for a foetus to thrive.
- Sugar – sugary foods are nutrition void and only add fuel to the inflammatory fire.
The Ideal Fertility Diet
So many elements are at work for a healthy and natural conception. Nutrients that are in excess or that are in depletion can throw off balance and disrupt the pregnancy process. The ideal fertility diet includes a variety of whole foods to keep your hormones balanced and happy. Whole foods are foods that have been processed or refined as little as possible and is free from additives or other artificial substances. I.e fresh vegetables, fruits, unrefined grains, beans, nuts, seeds, eggs, organic pasture raised meats and wild caught fish.
Fertility Smoothie Recipe
A fertility smoothie is going to ensure you consume an abundant supply of nutrients in one serving to increase your chances at a healthy and natural conception. What makes this smoothie a Fertility Smoothie? Glad you asked. A fertility smoothie contains fertility superfoods for an extra boost.
Maca Root Powder – Maca is a root vegetable native to Peru. I credit my second ‘surprise pregnancy’ to maca and a clean whole foods diet! Maca supports hormonal balance, increases energy, it’s an all round tonic for your endocrine system. I recommend Gelatinized Maca Root Powder if you have a sensitive stomach or any digestive issues. Gelatinised maca root powder has been processed to remove the starch making it much easier to digest.
Please note that Maca is a stimulant so do not exceed the recommended dosage or take it at night.
Further Reading : How is gelatinized maca different
Protein – Protein provides the building blocks to healthy eggs and hormones and is absolutely crucial to egg health.
Healthy Fat – Healthy fats are necessary for the production of hormones in sufficient quantities. In my opinion this is where a lot of women falter. Skimping on the fats in fear that it will make them fat. Please don’t fear fat, healthy fats like coconut oil, ghee, avocado, nuts and nut butters are your fertility friend.
How to make a fertility smoothie
Whole foods + Fertility Superfoods = Fertility Smoothie
Here are a few tips to make the most out of your fertility smoothie.
Keep fruit to a minimal – You will notice that this fertility smoothie does not contain ANY fruit.
Why? There’s nothing wrong with fruit it’s just that fruit is high in sugar and carbs which can lead to spikes in blood sugar. Vegetables contain all the necessary nutrients you can obtain from fruit with a significantly lower amount of (natural) sugars. This is especially important if you have PCOS with insulin sensitivity.
Consume at room temperature or warm – I know this one may take some getting used to but please do NOT consume your fertility smoothie ice cold.
Why? In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is well known that cold foods can contribute to infertility. In Ayurveda cold foods are known to put out digestive fire making foods much more difficult to digest.
Cooked not raw – Do not add raw vegetables to your fertility smoothie.
Why? In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is believed that raw foods are cold in nature. Having read my point above on cold foods you will see that raw foods are a no go for fertility. Besides that cruciferous veg such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, mustard greens and brussel sprouts contain goitrogens. Goitrogens are naturally occurring compounds in some foods that may block thyroid function and can eventually lead to goiter and hypothyroidism. Cooking cruciferous veg deactivates a fair amount of goitrogens. Sautee, lightly steam or blanch your veggies before using them in your fertility smoothie.
So what do you think? Will you give this delicious, nourishing fertility smoothie a try?
- 1½ cups plant based milk, I used homemade almond milk
- 1 cup steamed pumpkin or butternut squash
- 1 cup cauliflower, steamed
- 2 tablespoons collagen peptides (omit for vegan)
- 2 teaspoons organic ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon MCT oil
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
- 1 teaspoon gelatinized maca root powder
- 1 teaspoon superfood mushroom powder blend optional
- ¼ teaspoon ginger, ground
Allow the pumpkin and cauliflower to come to a cool.
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.