As a disclaimer, I am not a doctor nor am I a nutritionist. I am just a firm believer that the food I eat has power, lots of power. I think that food can be used as a fuel to make your body stronger and healthier and do the things it’s supposed to do better. I have used food as a tool to get me through training for marathons and even an ultra marathon. I’ve used conscious food choices to get off of medication and become a healthier person inside and out. So why not use it as a tool for other things?
With that being said, when my husband and I decided we wanted to start “trying,” I was anxious and nervous. I was worried that I possibly wouldn’t get pregnant. Slightly paranoid and wanting to have some sort of control, I started doing research, and low and behold, I found that different foods can help with fertility for both men and women. I made a list of all of the foods that would benefit each of us and started to incorporate them into our meals. Noticing that many of the foods were dry snack foods, I created something I nicknamed “fertility trail mix.” I made a big batch at the beginning of each week for my husband. He took it to work and snacked on it all week at his desk. I packed a ziplock bag for myself each day and put it in my lunch. This quickly became a staple pantry item in our house that we still eat almost everyday.
After just one month, we were expecting our baby boy. Now, like I said, I’m not a doctor, and obviously lots of factors go into one’s ability to conceive; however, when it comes to something so uncontrollable and nerve wrecking, it’s nice to feel like there are steps you can take to help the process along. With that being said, I’ve passed this recipe along to family and friends, and everyone so far (fingers crossed!) has had luck. So, go ahead and try this very easy recipe (Should I even call it a recipe? You literally just put all of this stuff into a bowl and enjoy!) Let me know how it goes for you!!!
FYI about why I chose these ingredients for my trail mix: Pumpkin seeds (large amounts of Zinc), sunflower seeds (a great source for Vitamin E), walnuts (contain Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E), almonds (contain Zinc, Vitamin E, and arginine), blueberries (high in folate and Vitamin C), bananas (contain Vitamin C, fiber, B6, and magnesium), and dark chocolate (good source of arginine, iron, zinc, and magnesium).
I buy most of my ingredients in bulk on Amazon because it’s cheaper than buying smaller amounts at the grocery store, and I don’t have to keep purchasing over and over again. Here are the brands I buy (click on the picture to go straight to the product at Amazon!):
Fertility Trail Mix
1.5 cups raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup raw, unsalted walnuts
1 cup raw, unsalted almonds
1 cup banana chips (homemade or store bought)
1 cup dried blueberries
1 cup dark chocolate chips (at least 70% cacao)
**To mix up the flavors to keep it interesting, I sometimes experiment by adding different types of raw, unsalted nuts like cashews or pecans as well as adding different types of dried fruits like apricots or mangos.
Place all ingredients in an air tight container with a lid and mix together. Keep in a cool, dry place to prevent chocolate from melting. Will keep for a couple of weeks, if you don’t finish it sooner!