Friday Fish and Chips
By Juliana Kassianos, Transformational Fertility Coach, Yoga Teacher and Founder of The School of Fertility
A fertile friendly version of fish and chips – a Friday classic.
One large sweet potato or two medium sized ones
Dash of olive oil
2 wild-caught Alaskan salmon fillets (not farmed)
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Large handful of broccoli
Large handful of cauliflower
Large handful of mange tout
Sprinkle of mild chilli powder or paprika
Himalayan pink salt
Cracked black pepper
Wedges (~ 1 hour)
Heat the oven to 180 (fan). Wash the sweet potato then chop it into wedges. Place the wedges on an oven tray, drizzle over some olive oil and sprinkle some mild chilli pepper or paprika, salt and pepper on top. Mix with your fingers or give the tray a good shake to make sure all the wedges are seasoned, then place in the oven for an hour. N.B. They might need longer or shorter in the over depending how large or small you chopped them.
Salmon (~10 minutes)
Place the two salmon fillets into a pan (medium heat) with a little olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Cook each side for about 5 minutes, until it's golden brown. I tend to chop each fillet in half to check it's cooked all the way through.
Veggies (~7 minutes)
Using a steam pan, bring the water to the boil, then add in the green veggies and steam them for five to 10 minutes.
WHY IS IT GOOD FOR YOUR FERTILITY?
Sweet potatoes (with the skins): A great source of fibre, which helps the body to get rid of excess oestrogen, control blood sugar levels and slow down carbohydrate metabolism
Olive oil: A good source of healthy fat, which your body needs in order to provide the necessary precursors for healthy hormone levels
Salmon: Not only a good source of protein, but it's also rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids – a healthy type of fat that supports the immune system due to their anti-inflammatory properties, help keep our blood sugar levels constant and have been shown to enhance sperm count, motility, and morphology
Lemon: Rich in vitamin C, which in women can help improve hormone levels, increase progesterone levels in those with luteal phase defect and assist with the absorption of iron. In men vitamin C assists in the prevention of agglutination (when sperm clump together)
Vegetables: Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower have a compound in them called Di-indolyl-methane, which is important for flushing excess oestrogens and toxins out of the body. It's important to always lightly cook them and not eat them raw, this is so they don’t interfere with your thyroid as they are goitrogens (cooking deactivates this effect)