This recipe is an easy go-to, midweek recipe that is packed full of all kinds of nourishing goodness for your fertility and overall health.
Sperm loving tomatoes have a high content of lycopene. Lycopene has been found to increase sperm count by about 70 percent. It also improves sperm motility and reduces the number of abnormal sperm.
Basil has properties that are great for moving stagnation in the reproductive system and assists with breaking down blockages that may be impairing your fertility. It helps to regulate hormone levels, making it very useful for women who experience irregular menstrual cycles. The glorious basil also contains a compound similar to the estrogen and can help to stimulate egg maturation. But just when you think basil couldn’t get any more fantastic for your fertility, is also believed to be a natural aphrodisiac. Yep, it helps to create that loving feeling. Oh yeah!
Sulfur-rich foods, such as alliums like onions and garlic, can help increase your body’s level of the antioxidant glutathione, important for both male and female fertility. In fact, glutathione is the no.1 antioxidant in the body, and in women, glutathione can help boost egg quality and the health of the embryo after conception. Boosting glutathione is a must in all women with PCOS as it has been shown to decrease early miscarriage rates.
Olives contain healthy fats, these fats are critical for manufacturing hormones and maintaining the reproductive health of both men and women.
So let’s get cooking…
1 bunch of fresh basil leaves
6-8 tomatoes (or 2 punnets of cherry tomatoes)
4 cloves of garlic
1 large onion
250g gluten free pasta (we love the Ceres Rice and Quinoa pasta)
170g pitted kalamata olives
1-2tbls of coconut oil
Salt and Pepper
Chilli flakes (optional)
- Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta as directed on the pack.
- Removes basil leaves from their stalks
- If using tomatoes then cut them into quarters. If using cherry tomatoes either cut them into halves or leave them whole as per your own personal preference.
- Peel garlic cloves
- Peel and chop onion into quarters
- Place the basil, tomatoes, garlic and onion into food processor and pulse until it is well chopped and combined. If you don’t own a food processor, dice and chop all ingredients into small pieces.
- Heat coconut oil in a large frying pan on a medium heat
- Add the basil, tomatoes, garlic, onion, olives and chilli flakes into the fry pan. Gently heat.
- Add in cooked pasta and stir through.
- When all ingredients are well combined and heated, serve up onto plates.
Note: We recommend using organic ingredients where possibly as the chemicals in farming and the processing of foods these days are causing all kinds of issues with our reproductive health.
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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