Raspberries are the food of love on Valentine’s Day

11th February in Blog, Diet, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorised

The arrival of another Valentine’s Day can be very daunting and stressful, especially if you are struggling with infertility, the very idea of love and romance may seem the hardest thing to think about. But this year, instead of trying to avoid it altogether,  make your Valentine’s Day the perfect time to switch from the planned, trying-to-conceive baby-making to reconnecting with your partner and celebrating your relationship. Set aside Valentine’s Day to be just about the two of you, with no talk of fertility or ovulation days. Remember why you fell in love in the first place and why you are planning a baby together. Plan something special to do together; go to the cinema, spend a day at a spa, go on a long walk or maybe eat at a new restaurant. If you stay in, don’t pressure each other to be intimate, have fun by cooking dinner together, watch a new movie or read a book quietly together.

Whether you are eating out or cooking at home this Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of traditional Valentine’s Day favourites on the menu that you can choose to maintain your fit for fertility diet, and berries come top of the list! All types of berries can help to boost fertility, but raspberries are the food of love on Valentine’s Day as they have been linked to helping to protect sperm from oxidative stress.

Raspberries are an excellent source of vitamin C,manganese, and dietary fibre. They are also a very good source of copper and vitamin K, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin E, magnesium, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, and potassium. They are an excellent source of phytonutrients, and provide us with numerous anthocyanins, flavonoids, stilbenoids, phenolic acids, tannins and lignans. They are an unusually concentrated source of ellagitannins (like ellagic acid), cyanidins, and pelargonidins.

The very fact that raspberries contain high levels of Vitamin C, which is a key nutrient in male fertility, and also magnesium, which is involved in the production of testosterone, also helps to give male fertility a further boost. In a study conducted by the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, it was found that men over 44 with the highest intake of vitamin C, folate and zinc had 20 per cent less damage to their sperm DNA than men whose diet did not include enough vitamins and micro nutrients.

Raspberries also supply vital folate to women, which is essential at various key stages of female fertility and early embryo development. It is also thought that after conception antioxidants may decrease the risk of miscarriage.

Including raspberries in a balanced diet also give both male and female fertility a boost because they help in the management of obesity. This is important as it is key to balancing sex hormones and increasing the likelihood of conceiving. Raspberries have the lowest GI of any fruit, meaning their sugar is absorbed into the body slowly, helping to balance blood sugar levels, which is very important when trying to conceive.

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Surprise your partner with one of these recipe ideas on Valentine’s Day.

Berries with chocolate sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups each fresh organic or frozen blueberries and raspberries
  • 5oz organic dark chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons of raw sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 6oz firm silken tofu

Instructions:

  1. Place the chocolate and sugar in a bowl, and melt over a pan of water on a medium heat.
  2. Place the tofu, water and melted chocolate in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Divide the chocolate pudding into bowls and top with a generous amount of berries. If you use frozen berries, thaw and drain well before using.

Raspberry mousse

Ingredients:

  • 135g raspberry jelly tablet
  • 600g raspberries
  • 2 tbsps icing sugar
  • 170g can evaporated milk
  • A handful of raspberries, to serve
  • Sprig of mint for garnish

Instructions:

  • Dissolve the jelly in 300ml of boiling water. Pour the hot mixture over the raspberries and whizz with a stick blender until well mixed and the fruit is squashed. Tip into a sieve and push the mixture through to get rid of the pips. Stir in the sugar.
  • In another bowl, whisk the evaporated milk to a thick foam and then fold in the setting raspberry jelly. Pour the raspberry mixture into serving bowls and leave to set. Top with raspberries and mint leaves for serving.

Valentine’s raspberry smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 300g fresh organic raspberries
  • 200g tub natural low fat yoghurt
  • 1 cup of low fat milk chilled

Combine the raspberries, yoghurt and milk in a blender and whizz until smooth. Pour over ice if you prefer and serve in decorative glasses.

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