By Liane Wansbrough, Holistic Nutritionist

Fertility Smoothie with Holistic Nutritionist, Liane Wansbrough

Fertility Smoothie with Holistic Nutritionist, Liane Wansbrough

 

Increase your fertility and boost your reproductive health by incorporating raw cacao, blueberries and hemp seeds into a delicious smoothie.

Dark chocolate in particular has great benefits for fertility. Research shows that just the smell of chocolate can increase our brain’s theta waves—helping us relax, an important ingredient when trying to get pregnant. Raw cacao (the purest form of chocolate) also contains a compound called arginine, which increases blood flow to the uterus and ovaries.

Blueberries are one of nature’s most potent, vitamin-packed super foods. Full of antioxidants, these berries protect your body from cell damage and aging—and this includes the cells of your reproductive system. The anthocyanins in blueberries help maintain the lining of your uterus, increasing the chance of a fertilized embryo to attach to the uterine wall.

Hemp seeds are another important fertility boosting ingredient. Rich in protein, fiber and essential fatty acids, hemp seeds have an excellent balance (3:1) of omega-3 and omega-6. In particular, they are high in an essential omega-6 fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid that naturally balances hormones.

 

Berry Protein Power

Crazy Sexy Juice by Kris Carr

Makes 2 servings

1 large banana (frozen)

1 cup blueberries (frozen)

1 ½ cups almond milk or non-dairy milk of choice

2 tablespoons hemp seeds

2 tablespoons cacao nibs or raw cacao powder

1 cup kale, leaves only, tightly packed

  1. Wash and prep all ingredients.
  2. Blend and serve.