As the temperatures start to drop, we turn to more warming foods. Turns out warming foods, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine are especially powerful for fertility. A warm uterus is more enticing to fertilize an egg.
Here’s a recipe from my Fertility Preparation Program.
Red Lentil Soup
This hearty soup will give you your daily dose of folate. The lentils are fertility super food and are packed with folate and rich in fibre and iron. The garlic is a good immune booster to fight off infections and viruses.
Make sure your prenatal has methylated folate instead of folic acid. Folic Acid is the synthetic form of folate. Folic Acid is can be unhealthy when used abundantly.
Look for products that contain the Metfolin brand, or list “5 – methyltetrahydrofolate” or “5-MTHF” on the label. A good brand is Thorne Basic Prenatal.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 large yellow onion, medium chop
1” knob of ginger, peeled and minced
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp chili powder
4 tomatoes, chopped or 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
1 quart gluten-free vegetable broth (low sodium)
¾ cup red lentils
1 lime, juiced
sea salt, to taste
1 small bunch parsley, leaves chopped (optional)
- Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent and sweaty, approximately 3-4 minutes.
- Add ginger and garlic and cook for another minute. Add coriander, cumin and chili. Mix until onions are well coated.
- Add the tomato, broth and lentils. Stir and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat and allow soup to simmer until the lentils soften, approximately 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add lime juice and salt.
- Serve warm topped with chopped parsley.
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Sarah Clarke is a Fertility Coach and the author of Fabulously Fertile