10 recipes to get your man fertile
There is a lot of importance placed on what a woman eats directly before conception and into her pregnancy, and for good reason. The first 1000 days of a person’s life – from conception to age two – are vital for their future health, and nutrition plays a big part of that.
A subject that doesn’t receive quite as much attention is the effect that nutrition can have on a male’s fertility – but it is just as important when you’re trying to conceive.
Zinc is one of the most important minerals in the body and, studies show, can have a positive effect on sperm motility (movement). A 2009 study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggested that not only does the concentration of zinc in the testes increase during the development of sperm, but also that zinc deficiency can lead to decreased motility. In other words, think of his sperm as little swimmers, and zinc as a pair of flippers – or perhaps one of those full-body swimsuits that all the Olympians wear. You get the idea … Foods high in zinc include red meats like beef and lamb, seafood (particularly oysters), wheatgerm, spinach, pumpkin seeds and cocoa. Here are a few recipes you both can cook to boost his zinc intake:
1. Oysters natural with Thai dressing
There is a reason the slippery little suckers are considered an aphrodisiac – and this lovely Thai dressing makes them the perfect date-night fare.
- Check out the Tangy Thai dressing recipe here.
2. Slow cooker lamb shanks with tomatoes
Pop them in the slow cooker and come back eight hours later to fall-off-the-bone, tender lamb for dinner. Perfect as the weather gets colder, too.
- Learn how to cook the delectable Slow cooker lamb shanks with tomatoes recipe.
3. Lemon and spinach risotto with white fish
Fish plus spinach packs a powerful zinc punch, and this risotto is not only wholesome and hearty, but easier than you might think.
- Here is the ultimate Lemon and spinach risotto with white fish fillet recipe.
Studies show that free radicals produced by the body can actually damage sperm, so it’s crucial that your partner is getting his share of antioxidants to help protect himself. The best source of antioxidants are of course plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, so try a few of the following recipes to make sure he’s meeting his five-a-day quota.
4. Blueberry overnight oats
The chia seeds and blueberries in this simple and nutritious breakfast are packed with antioxidants, and they’re perfect for busy mornings – prepare them the night before and keep them in the fridge, ready to grab and go in the morning.
- You need to know how to whip up this Blueberry overnight oats recipe.
5. Black bean brownies
Everyone loves a brownie, and this healthy version of the recipe has a not-so-secret ingredient that gives it a huge antioxidant boost – black beans.
- The way to your man’s heart – and fertility – is by making him this Black bean brownie recipe.
6. Slow cooker kidney beans and barley
Kidney beans are packed with antioxidants, and this recipe makes full use of their hearty goodness in a simple, wholesome stew.
- Check out the Slow cooker kidney beans and barley recipe!
7. Orange and cranberry truffles
Dark chocolate, orange and cranberries combine to give these little treats super-high antioxidant profile. Plus, they’re straight up delicious.
- You need to familiarise yourself with this Orange and cranberry truffles recipe immediately.
We all know how important folic acid is for a woman prior to conception, but studies have shown that men who consume diets higher in folic acid prior to conceiving have sperm with less abnormalities, meaning it could reduce the risk of chromosomal defects. Leafy greens, chickpeas and asparagus are all excellent sources of the essential nutrient, so give these recipes a whirl.
8. Grilled asparagus and quinoa salad
Forget your garden variety salad (see what we did there) and swap it out for this healthy, flavourful versionpacked with leafy greens and asparagus.
- See here for the ultimate Grilled asparagus and quinoa salad recipe.
9. Pumpkin and chickpea curry
Hearty, filling and bursting with flavour, this chickpea curry is a delicious way to help his sperm be the best they can.
- Try this delicious Pumpkin and chickpea curry recipe.
10. Roasted chickpeas
Ditch the potato chips and replace them with these flavourful, folic acid-boosting roasted chickpeas.
- Yum! Try this Roasted chickpeas recipe for yourself.