Quinoa Salad

This week we will be publishing a series of ‘fertility recipes‘, which have been carefully devised by our nutritional therapist, Celia Cooper. Diet has a major impact on your general health, but also your fertility and should be a big part of your fertility journey.

Our third recipe is for Quinoa Salad. The recipe provides 4 servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 100g Quinoa
  • 300ml Light stock
  • 60g Pumpkin seeds, lightly toasted
  • ½ Avocado
  • 4 large Sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 50g Mangetout, very finely shredded
  • 1 tbsp Chives, finely snipped
  • 1 tbsp Coriander, finely chopped
  • 120g Canned sweet corn (no added sugar or salt)
  • ½ Lemon, juice only

Method

  1. Gently heat the oil in a medium sized pan. Toss in the quinoa and let it ‘toast’ for a few minutes, stirring briefly. Add the stock, cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  2. Transfer into a large bowl and mix in the remaining ingredients. Season well.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with salmon fillet and some leafy greens or broccoli.

Fertility Benefits

  • Pumpkin seeds are a source of zinc, protein and healthy fats. Your body needs essential fats so it is important to include some healthy fats in your diet, such as oily fish twice a week, some unsalted nuts, seeds and olive oil.
  • Zinc is found in high concentrations in the sperm. Zinc is needed to make the outer layer and tail of the sperm and is, therefore, essential for the sperm health.
  • Quinoa is a source of magnesium. Magnesium is often depleted, especially under periods of high stress.

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