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Could Meatless Mondays Boost Your Fertility?

A blog by Sarah Clark, February 9, 2015

I talk a lot about the connection between diet, lifestyle and infertility. Unfortunately, the standard western diet is not cutting it anymore. Heart disease, cancer, Type II Diabetes, autoimmune disease and infertility are on the rise. We’ve out sourced our food to the food industry and we are getting sicker and more obese.

I know it’s easier said than done to make changes to your diet. You may not even believe that diet could impact your fertility. According to the Nurses Health study (8-year Harvard study of 18,000 nurses) there are many dietary factors that affect fertility. Women with the highest consumption of protein had 41% greater risk of ovulatory infertility. No that doesn’t mean you need to go vegan, but reducing your meat intake can boost your fertility. How about adding Meatless Monday to your weekly recipes?

Veggie Chickpea Tacos
Soy-free, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Egg-free, Processed Sugar-free

This taco dish is full of flavor and doesn’t require any cooking, unless you want your tortillas warmed! The more plant protein you consume, increases your chances of conception.
yield: 4 portions
prep: 10 minutes
cook: n/a

1 avocado, peeled and pitted
3 Tbsp lime juice

1 garlic clove, minced

1⁄8 tsp chili powder
1⁄8 tsp cumin

sea salt, to taste

1⁄4 cup finely chopped red onion

1 small tomato, medium dice

1 small handful cilantro leaves, chopped

1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 soft 100% corn tortillas (non-GMO)

1⁄2 cup shredded purple cabbage

1⁄2 cup spinach, sliced thin

Directions

  • Mash avocado in a medium-sized bowl with lime juice.
  • Mix in garlic, chili powder, cumin, and sea salt. Add onion, tomato, cilantro and chickpeas. Mix until well 
combined.
  • Place a scoop of avocado mash on top of each tortilla.
  • Top mash with a portion of spinach and cabbage (and/or other veggies of your liking). 


Note: If you’d like a little warmth in this dish, wrap the tortillas in parchment-lined aluminum foil. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and heat for 10-15 minutes before serving.

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