It may seem a little weird to some people, but there are certain foods we can eat to improve and enhance fertility. Yes, for both men and women! This is something Brian and I have welcomed in the past and is so important to us. We didn't just follow a fertility diet during the time of conception, it was something we followed for several months leading up to that time. Today, I want to share a recipe that we created years ago when we first introduced maca root into our diets. Here's a little bit about how these lemon poppy seed bites can boost fertility....
- Maca Root Powder: This South American super food contains 31 different minerals and has been scientifically linked to enhancing fertility. The most important benefit as it relates to fertility, is that maca has the ability to affect both men and women's hormones without actually containing hormones itself. Maca has glucosinolates which are compounds that can positively affect fertility in both men and women by supporting hormone balance through stabilizing the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands.
- Poppy Seeds: These tiny seeds are packed full of essential minerals for fertility such as manganese, zinc, and copper. Poppy seeds are also a good source of antioxidants which have been proven to improve fertility in males. Other benefits include boosting the immune system and strengthen digestive health.
- Coconut oil: I know, I know... It seems as if coconut oil is a cure for everything! Love or hate the hype, coconut oil is great for fertility! Well, actually fat is vital for fertility. A low-fat diet makes conceiving a baby much more difficult, sometimes even impossible. Including healthy fats into our diet can increase energy, promote healthy cell function, maintain hormone balance, support metabolism and a healthy weight, and is good for the heart! All of that is essential for baby making. ;)
Prep time: 5 minutes | Time to set: 1 hour | Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes | Yields: 8 bites
- 1 organic lemon, zest and juice (equals about 1/4 cup real lemon juice and 1 tsp zest)
- 1/2 tsp pure almond extract
- 1 TBSP poppy seeds
- 1 TBSP sliced almonds
- 1 TBSP date sugar or coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten free if needed)
- 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder
- 1 tsp maca root powder
- 1 TBSP coconut oil, melted (not hot)
- Thoroughly wash the lemon with a natural produce wash.
- Grate 1 tsp of lemon zest into a medium size mixing bowl, then cut the lemon in half and squeeze about 1/4 cup of juice in the bowl.
- Stir 1/2 tsp of pure almond extract into the lemon zest & juice.
- In a separate small mixing bowl, mix poppy seeds, sliced almonds, sugar, oats, protein powder, and maca powder together.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined.
- Finally, mix 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil into the dough.
- Use a melon scooper to spoon out 8 balls (you will need to shape them a bit with your hands). Place the balls in a storage container and put in the refrigerator to set for an hour.
- After they have set in the fridge for an hour, remove and enjoy!
- If they are too crumbly and dry, add a couple tablespoons of water, unsweetened non-dairy milk, or more coconut oil
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- Tip for eating these: we eat 2 at a time with breakfast or with a snack. The lemon flavor is strong so two is enough even though they are small!
- Double the recipe if you plan on making them as part of your meal prep to snack on all week.