Fertility Smoothies

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If you have been in the TTC world long, you have probably heard about fertility smoothies.  For the longest time, I put it off, because it seemed so overwhelming.  And annoying to have to make a big old smoothie every day.

Well, a few months ago I joined a TTC accountability group and one of the first things the leader wanted us to do was to make a daily smoothie.  I finally took a deep breath and bit the bullet.  Lo and behold it wasn’t that complicated, and some (most!) of the smoothies tasted great!

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Life happened and I stopped making them daily, but my goal is to get back to daily or at least every other day.

Fertility smoothies are a great way to infuse your body with foods and boosters that will aid fertility.  First of all, I want to talk a bit about some of the ingredients I’ve been using and how they relate to fertility.  Then I will include a few of the recipes I have tried.

  • Kale.  Kale is an amazing source of iron, calcium, vitamin C, folate, antioxidants, potassium, etc.  Kale can help alkalize your body, which is important in a culture where our diet is so acidic.
  • Spinach.  Spinach is another one that is full of antioxidants, iron, folate, zinc, and iron.
  • Celery.  This is another one that helps to alkalize your body.  Eating foods like this will help to balance your body’s pH.
  • Flaxseeds.  Rich in Omega-3!  Flaxseeds can help balance hormones as well as cleanse the colon.
  • Chia seeds.  Another great source of those necessary fatty acids.  Omega-3 can help balance hormones, increase cervical fluid, aid ovulation, and increase blood flow to the uterus.
  • Berries.  Again, lots of antioxidants.  Antioxidants are great for egg health, as well as keeping reproductive tissue healthy.

Those are just a few of the things you can include in your smoothies.  If you would like more ideas, I highly recommend Natural Fertility Info.  Here is a list of items you can include as well as a 10 Day Smoothie Challenge that they have put together.

So here are a few “recipes” that I have used.  Honestly, they aren’t even recipes.  I usually just look to see what I have in my refrigerator and freezer, and throw stuff in the blender.  Only a couple have turned out badly (don’t worry, I didn’t include those 😉 ).

2 cups kale
1/2 cup frozen dark cherries
1 small banana
1 tbsp flax seed
1 tbsp almond butter
water

2.5 large sprigs of kale
frozen dark cherries
1 medium banana
one big spoonful of almond butter
water

Almond milk
2 celery sticks
1 cup spinach
1 medium banana
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1.5 teaspoons chia seeds

There are lots of ideas on Pinterest as well for fertility smoothies.  It is a great way to get super foods and fertility-friendly foods into your day!

Enjoy!

Have you ever made a fertility smoothie?  What did you put in it?

-Bonnie

 

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Low Carb Eating: What I’ve Learned

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After about five months of eating low carb, I’ve learned a few things….

1) I learned how many carbs go into my body.  There’s nothing like having a low carb diet to shock you speechless when you look at the carb count on food you normally wouldn’t have given a second thought.  Or the time that my husband and I went out to eat…I consumed my usual low carb meal….his meal came to a total of about 150 carbs (can’t remember what all he had…burger, onion rings, soda?  Whatever it was it added up).  When we got home his blood sugar was perfectly normal!!!  How did he do that???  😉

For most people, a hamburger and onion rings are okay for the blood sugar.  And that’s fine.  But it was rather eye opening to realize how many carbohydrates I typically eat!

2) I learned self-control.  I learned how to walk through the grocery store and walk by all the delicious breads, pasta, cookies, egg rolls, ice cream, ______ (fill in the blank) that called out to me.  I learned how to scroll quickly through Facebook posts of people’s donuts.  I learned that I don’t need dessert sugar to fill a sugar craving.  (Fruit is seriously amazing!)  In short, I learned how to say no to myself.  I had never before had to say no to something that sounded good, so it was rather new to me.  It’s been good to learn and practice self-control over my body as one of the fruits of the Spirit.

3) I realized that healthy eating will look different for different people.  Most people when they talk about healthy eating or diets are all about calories.  Counting calories.  But calories aren’t what everyone needs to be concerned with.  I just found it fascinating to glimpse a whole new realm of health and taking care of your body through diet.

4)  I learned how to creatively ration.  At first I conscientiously avoided all sugar and all dessert.  Slowly I realized that when I keep my blood sugar level, it’s okay to sometimes have a couple bites of ice cream.  Or eat that higher carb piece of fruit.

Even after the baby is born and I will (probably) not have to worry about high blood sugar anymore, I definitely want to still be aware of our family’s carb intake.  I plan to still make a bunch of the low carb meals I’ve found.  But….I will also definitely be adding in things like pasta and bread (I’m ready for a plain old sandwich again!) to our meal plan!

While this diet definitely has been difficult and there have been many times where I felt like “there’s nothing to eat”, I really appreciate all the opportunities to learn and grow on so many levels.  Changes in health and changes in diet don’t have to be horrible and dreaded.

-Bonnie

Low Carb Eating – What If We’re Eating Out?

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I posted earlier regarding my low carb life and some of the awesome recipes I’ve found.

But what about those times when you are eating out?  I remember on Valentine’s Day this year when I was still new to the low carb diet, I was so discouraged looking at restaurant nutrition guides.  My husband and I wanted to go on a date but everything that sounded good had such high carbs!!  (I actually ended up getting a somewhat high carb salad at Chili’s…and frozen yogurt….then we went on a big walk afterward.  But, hey!  It was Valentine’s Day!)

If you have gestational diabetes or for some other reason are watching your carbs, you don’t have to write off eating out on date nights!!  I actually printed off several nutritional charts from various restaurants and highlighted things in my low carb range for easy reference.  Here are a few things (beyond the basic “boring” salad) that I have found for eating out.

Chili’s –

  • Several soups
    -Chicken Enchilada Soup (13 carbs)
    -Loaded Baked Potato Soup (13 carbs)
    -Southwest Chicken and Sausage soup (14 carbs)
  • Classic Sirloin steak, 10 oz or 8 oz (2 and 1 carb, respectively)
  • Grilled Salmon w/ garlic and herbs (1 carb)
  • Half Rack of Baby Back Ribs (13 carbs)
  • Margarita Grilled Chicken (10 carbs)
  • Monterey Chicken (11 carbs) – I tried this one last week.  So good!!

Applebee’s –

  • Shrimp ‘n Parmesan Sirloin (5 carbs)  – While definitely more pricey than what I usually order, this is SO yummy.
  • Soups
    -Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a bowl (20 carbs)
    -Clam Chowder in a bowl (25 carbs)
    -Chicken Tortilla Soup (25 carbs)
  • Zesty Roma Chicken and Shrimp (23 carbs)

McDonald’s –

  • Bacon Ranch Salad (grilled chicken) – 10 carbs
  • Bacon Ranch Salad (crispy chicken) – 24 carbs
  • Chicken McNuggets (4 piece) – 12 carbs
  • French Vanilla Iced Coffee (small) – 20 carbs (I order it sugar free)

Obviously, most of these things are in the “Under 25 Carb” range.  That is what generally works for me.  Obviously if you’ve been watching your blood sugar, you know the things to generally watch out for at restaurants…bread, potatoes, tortillas, salad dressing, breaded meat….etc.  These things aren’t necessarily bad…you just have to find what works for you.

Most restaurants or fast food places have nutritional information online.  Definitely check those out! 🙂

-Bonnie