Breakfast bowls are my go-to choice for breakfast in the colder months. They're simple and can be easily tailored to my ever-changing tastes and cravings. With the right ingredients they can provide your body with the nutrients it needs to promote healthy hormonal balance and fertility.
Minimally processed food with plenty of nutrients are an important part of any preconception plan. You are what you eat. Healthy food=healthier body=best chances of conceiving. The research is clear, diet affects fertility. Each meal and snack has the potential to help you reach your goal of getting pregnant and giving birth to a happy healthy baby.
Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day. And for good reason. After your overnight fast your body is begging for replenishment. Give it what it's asking for, lady.
The best options:
1. Enhance circulation.
Increased blood flow means your reproductive organs will receive the nutrients they need while being able to release waste for proper elimination.
2. Deliver key fertility nutrients.
Your body needs a variety of nutrients to make hormones, protect your eggs, and keep your lady parts healthy.
3. Support hormone harmony.
By choosing foods that keep your blood sugar steady, you can positively impact a whole host of hormones. Healthier hormones= optimized fertility.
4. Protect against oxidative stress, promoting egg health.
One of the best things you can do for your fertility health is to protect your eggs from the negative effects of free radicals. You can do that by eating foods high in antioxidants.
5. Leave you feeling energized and satisfied.
How you start your day sets the tone for the rest of the day. Eating foods that are filling without making you feel sluggish is one surefire way to start your day off right.
Creating the perfect fertility boosting breakfast bowl is easy and simple.
- First, choose a slow carb. These will provide your body with sustaining energy, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
- Next, add in some colorful fruit and vegetables. The more color the better. Colorful fruits and vegetables are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Then, pile on the protein. Many protein-rich foods are a great source of minerals, especially iron, and some have folate. Protein will also keep you fuller longer.
- Next, include some healthy fats. These are crucial for absorption of fat soluble vitamins and the production of healthy hormones. Plus it just makes food taste good.
- Last but darn sure not least, sprinkle on some herbs and spices for flavor and health benefits. Some help balance blood sugar, others support healthy digestion, all provide antioxidants, and all enhance the flavor of your food.
I've listed some of my favorite options. You can mix and match them to create a ridiculous number of flavor combos. And you're by no means limited to what I've listed here.
- Brown rice
- Root Vegetables and Tubers like yams, sweet potatoes, cassava, or yucca
Colorful fruit or vegetables
- Leafy Greens
- Greek yogurt
- Seeds, Nuts, nut butter, seed butter
- Salmon Cakes
- Olive oil
- Red Palm Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Nuts, seeds, nut butters, seed butters
- Grass fed organic butter
- Coconut Oil
- Salmon cakes
Spices and Herbs
- Black Pepper
To get your juices flowing, I've listed some of my favorite breakfast bowl combos:
Roots of Health Bowl
Roasted root veggies and tubers (sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips, carrots, and onions in avocado or red palm oil) + sausage + cayenne/black pepper/paprika/garlic powder
Quinoa Berry Bowl
Quinoa + Berries of choice + walnuts + coconut oil + cinnamon/ginger/cardamom
Polenta, Greens, and Eggs
Polenta (yellow grits) + Sautéed (in olive oil) green leafy vegetables of choice + Scrambled eggs (cooked in avocado, coconut, or red palm oil) + onion powder/garlic powder
I hope these breakfast bowls leave you satisfied, energized, warm, nourished, and filled with fertility optimizing nutrients. Enjoy!