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Summer Recipes to Help Boost Fertility

Couple With Healthy Food-1Here are some summer recipe ideas that have the added bonus of naturally boosting your fertility. These are rich in whole grains, lean protein, vegetables, and dairy. If you’re revamping your diet to try and get pregnant, remember to buy organic when you can and talk to your doctor about a meal plan that suits your lifestyle.

Summer Foods for Fertility

Foods for Fertility: Stay healthy while trying to get pregnant and try some of these great recipes.


(Serves 6 to 8) 

What You'll Need: 

6 cups (1.4 liters) bite-size broccoli florets 
8 large eggs 
1/4 cup (59 ml) milk 
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) salt 
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) freshly ground pepper 
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch (6 mm) thick slices 
1 cup (4 ounces or 113 grams) grated white cheddar or fontina cheese, divided 
4 tablespoons (60 ml) grated Parmesan cheese, divided 
2 teaspoons (10 ml) olive oil 

How You'll Make It: 

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add the broccoli and cook until just tender, about 3 minutes. Drain well. 

2. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Stir in the broccoli, red pepper, 3/4 -cup (36 ounces) of the cheddar, and 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of the Parmesan cheese. 

3. Heat the oil in a 12-inch (305 mm) ovenproof nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 3 minutes to set the bottom of the frittata. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/4 -cup of the Cheddar (12 ounces) and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) Parmesan cheese. 

4. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the frittata is set in the center and slightly puffed up, about 15 minutes. 

5. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, and then loosen the edge with a spatula and slide onto a large plate. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature. 



(Serves 1)

What You'll Need: 

1 slice of hearty, whole-grain bread
Dijon mustard 
1 to 2 thin slices red onion 
4 to 6 thin slices cucumber 
1/2 ripe avocado 
Sea salt 
Freshly ground pepper 
1 slice (about 1 ounce or 28 grams) Swiss cheese 

How You'll Make It: 

1. Preheat the broiler. 

2. Spread the bread generously with mustard. Scoop the avocado flesh from the peel with a spoon and slice lengthwise. Fan the avocado on the mustard. Arrange the onion slices and cucumber over the avocado and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Top with the cheese. 

3. Place under the broiler until the cheese is just melted and bubbling, about 1 minute.



(Serves 4)

What You'll Need: 

2 tablespoons (30 ml) soy sauce 
1 tablespoon (15 ml) minced peeled fresh ginger 
1 teaspoon (5 ml) minced orange zest 
1 clove garlic, minced 
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) crushed red pepper flakes 
1 pound (454 grams) uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined 
11/2 tablespoons (22.5 ml) canola oil 
4 green onions, cut into thin slices 
1 pound (454 grams) sugar snap peas, ends trimmed and strings removed 
1/4 cup (59 ml) chicken broth 
2 tablespoons (30 ml) fresh orange juice 

How You'll Make It: 

1. In a bowl large enough to hold the shrimp, mix the soy sauce, ginger, orange zest, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Add the shrimp and mix to coat. Chill for 15 minutes. 

2. In a large frying pan, heat the oil over high heat. Add the shrimp mixture, green onions, and snap peas. Stir until the shrimp are evenly pink and just opaque in the center, about 2 minutes. Add the broth and orange juice and cook to reduce the sauce slightly, about 1 minute longer.


(Serves 4) 

What You'll Need: 

3 tablespoons (45 ml) finely shredded Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon (5 ml) smoked paprika 
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) ground cumin 
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) sea salt 
6 cups (1.4 liters) popped plain popcorn 
1/4 cup (59 ml) pumpkin seeds, toasted 
11/2 tablespoons butter 
Salt and pepper 

How You'll Make It: 

In a small bowl, combine the cheese, paprika, cumin, and sea salt. In a large bowl, drizzle the popcorn and pumpkin seeds with the butter and toss well with the Parmesan cheese mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Recipes to Increase Fertility

You can increase your fertility by simply tailoring your lifestyle to a healthier, happier way of life. Eating healthy, staying active, and maintaining a positive attitude are the foundations of any fertility treatment. Of course, in today's hectic world, accomplishing these goals can seem impossible – especially when facing difficulty trying to conceive. But, simply trying a delicious new recipe can serve as a natural fertility and attitude booster.

Summer Plan of Action to Get Pregnant

It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience to accurately diagnose the underlying cause of your infertility and design a customized treatment plan meeting your specific personal needs.

Summer Fertility Health Team

It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience required to design a customized IVF treatment protocol meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with one of the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Centerclick the icon below – or call 917.525.5496.

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