The delicious combo of broccoli and potatoes in this recipe are fantastic for those wanting to nourish their fertility. Broccoli has among the highest calcium content of any vegetable, which is very important as calcium helps regulate the alkalinity of the reproductive tract and support the sperms journey towards the egg. Broccoli is also bursting with folate, Vitamin C, and other vitamins and minerals to help keep your reproductive health as strong as possible.
The paleo movement, as great as it has been for a general healthy eating guide, has seen a move away form potatoes. However, they are rich in vitamins A, C, & B-complex and minerals such as manganese, iron, magnesium, and potassium, so are great for fertility. They also contain an antioxidant called quercetin, which has anti-cancer and cardio-protective properties as well as a storage protein called patatin which has been shown to exhibit activity against disease causing free radicals. And, we definitely don’t want free radicals around when working on creating a healthy baby.
So let’s get cooking…
- 1 1/2 cups fresh broccoli
- 2 cups shredded potatoes
- 3 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp chile flakes (optional)
- 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
Add your broccoli to a blender and give it a quick blend. You want your broccoli to be nice and small so you won’t have any big chunks in the potato cakes.
Add broccoli to a large bowl with shredded potatoes, parsley, salt, pepper, chipotle chile pepper, and arrowroot powder. Stir together until well combined.
Heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil over medium high heat. Use a large tablespoon to scoop up and drop your broccoli potato cake mixture into the hot pan. Press down on each cake with a fork or spoon to flatten them. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until browned.
Remove from pan and set aside. Repeat above step until all cakes are cooked. (Add an additional tablespoon of coconut oil if needed as you cook.)
Serve immediately! Yuuummm!
This recipe makes approximately 40 broccoli potato cakes if you’re using around 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop, like I do.
Using foods as medicine is the number one way you can improve your fertility. But, eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring and bland. This recipe is great served with some lightly steamed veggies in winter or a salad on a hot summers day. Learn more about our IVF Support Program or Natural Fertility Support Program here.
Leigh is the founder and primary practitioner at Spring Acupuncture, Fertility and Pregnancy Clinic. She is a passionate and qualified acupuncturist and expert in natural fertility, IVF support, pregnancy and women’s health.
Leigh has worked many years as an Anaesthetic Technician at the Mater Mothers and Adults Hospital here in Brisbane and is currently completing her Masters in Reproductive Medicine through the University of New South Wales. Through combining her vast Western and Eastern medical knowledge, Leigh is able to assist her clients to achieve their fertility and health goals. Leigh strongly believes that through optimizing your health on a physical, physiological and psychological level you will be in the best state possible as you travel along your personal fertility journey.
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