Fertility Friendly Fast Food Alternatives
Don’t think you can pass up a big mac combo? I’ve heard that before and the only way out of your quandary is to find some equally delicious recipes to satisfy your craving. Fast food is a habit and while I’m all about meals to go, there are certainly some choices that are better than others. If you’re craving a quick fix on the road, consider some healthier choices like Panera Bread (great soup and salad), Real Food Daily (for my vegetarian friends in LA), Fresh Direct (a favorite for my NY clients who tell me “recipe” is a bad word) or the Whole Foods hot food bar (my personal favorite). The rest of you might like to try some of these delicious recipes and recreate your burger combo at home.
Instead of french fries, try yam fries
Yams are a lower glycemic variety of potato, that not only tastes delicious, but may be the secret ingredient for pre-conception twin creation. The Harvard Medical School Nurses Study noted that that the trans fats found in a small serving of commercial French fries are enough to adversly affect fertility.
2 medium yams, cut into 1/8 -inch strips
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon parsley
¼ teaspoon sage
¼ teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon rosemary
Sea salt or dulse flakes to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice sweet potato into circles or thin strips. Baste with olive oil, and add spices. Place a single layer on baking sheet, and cook for 45 minutes or until tender inside and crisp outside.
Black bean burgers
Black beans are considered a reproductive tonic in Chinese Medicine and are loaded with protein, fiber, folate, iron and antioxidants all essential vitamins and minerals for your fertility. The Harvard Medical School Nurses study found iron rich foods like lentils to support ovulation and fertility in women.
1 cup black beans
1 small carrot, chopped or grated
1/3 cup onion
¾ to 1 cup crushed gluten free crackers
2 to 3 cloves chopped garlic
1 tablespoon herb de Provence
Sea salt to taste
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
2 to 3 tablespoons unrefined olive oil
Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse until thoroughly combined. Form mixture into patties or smaller “cakes.” If they are not holding together because they are too “wet,” add more crackers. Place in an oiled skillet and cook 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until browned. Serve with Ezekial sprouted grain buns.
Opt for natural sodas
Instead of drinking soda, substitute the following combination of juice and sparkling water to offer a fizzy satisfaction. By doing so you will avoid harmful chemicals that disrupt the proper release and regulation of hormones and benefit from the natural nourishment of fruits and water.
½ cup limeade, lemonade or any unsweetened juice
½ cup sparkling water
Combine ingredients in a tall glass and enjoy!