The female body is a wonderful thing. When I was pregnant with my baby, I had a great deal of trouble getting proper nutrition throughout the pregnancy. Even so, my sweet baby girl was born at full term, 7 lbs 12 oz, and perfectly healthy! It’s incredible to me that our bodies are prepared to sustain that little life at all costs. I probably blew through all my body’s nutrient stores, but I am so happy I was able to sustain my little baby even though I couldn’t intake much food.
That being said, I wouldn’t recommend eating only mashed potatoes and ravioli throughout a pregnancy. I would also recommend that before you even get pregnant (or maybe you just found out!) you nourish your body with as much pre-pregnancy nutrition as possible! I’ve been coming up with creative ways to intake fertility boosting superfoods daily, and this red velvet smoothie bowl hits on many of the big players in regards to boosting fertility, facilitating conception, and achieving pregnancy.
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Bananas–Aside from potassium, bananas contain vitamin B6, which can assist in regulating cycles and boosting fertility.
Beetroot Powder–Along with magnesium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, beets contain folate. Folate is crucial for pregnancy, as it is involved very early on with neural tube development. This starts early in pregnancy, often before you even know you’re pregnant, which is why it’s important to be consuming folate.
Cacao Powder—Cacao powder not only is a powerful antioxidant, it also contains iron and magnesium. Iron is a very common deficiency later in pregnancy, so it’s important to start with a good store of iron in the body.
Bee Pollen–Bee pollen is a superfood and a natural stress reliever. It is useful to kick start fertility by stimulating the ovaries. (If you have allergies, test one kernel at a time before taking a full dose.)
I have a big bag of beetroot powder from my daughter’s first birthday–it was part of the cake’s pink color. So what do you do with a bag of beetroot powder? Create something!
Do you know what my favorite non-healthy red treat is? Red velvet cake. A true red velvet is delicious, with it’s slightly chocolatey, rich, sour taste. And the cream cheese frosting. So, I set out on a journey to make a “red velvet” treat with these ingredients! When I tried the hot version, it didn’t turn out so great. I haven’t given up yet on the hot drink, but for now we will have to settle with the…
I saw my first smoothie bowl on Instagram awhile ago. I looked at the gorgeous photo filled with delicious fruit and superfoods and thought, yeah, I need to be a part of that. Since then I’ve been obsessed! So, without further rambling, the Fertility Boosting Red Velvet Smoothie Bowl!
- One frozen banana
- One fourth cup frozen peas (for protein)
- One tablespoon beetroot powder
- One tablespoon bee pollen
- One tablespoon cacao powder
- One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (responsible for the sour red velvet flavor)
- Coconut milk (full fat)
- Coconut butter
- Various smoothie bowl toppings here (raspberries, strawberries, hemp hearts, nuts, flaxseed, granola, etc.)
- Mix the banana, beetroot powder, bee pollen, cacao powder, peas, and apple cider vinegar in a blender and fill with coconut milk
- Blend until smooth
- Pour your smoothie into a bowl
- Top with add-ons of your choice
- Crumble coconut butter on the top
My smoothie bowl isn’t as pretty as the ones on Instagram. This is about as good as it’s going to get from me!
I don’t think I have to say this, but I will–you don’t have to be searching for a fertility boost to enjoy this–it’s filled with great nutrition for anyone! My baby daughter even loved it!
For more tips on naturally boosting fertility check out THIS POST.