Some of you may already know that my husband and I had a hard time getting pregnant and keeping the babies. When we originally started to try to conceive, it took us 5 long years consisting of thousands of dollars, thousands of pokes, prods, and needles (both of us even went to acupuncture weekly for one year), and 2 heart-breaking miscarriages. However, in the end, we were finally blessed with our little lovebug, Nico, who is now over 10-months old! Dreams can come true. With that story, I would like to introduce an incredible book, Fertility Foods Cookbook by Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, and Chef Sara Haas, RDN, LDN. This book is a must-have book for anyone struggling with infertility (like myself) who wants to take the extra step of incorporating a diet that promotes fertility and conception. With over 100 recipes to enjoy, the book also provides a detailed description of all the various foods that nourish and promote reproduction. Here is my Fertility Foods Cookbook review and Baked Mediterranean Chicken Recipe from the book itself to give you a mini taste of what the book has to offer.
First off, the book starts with a description of what Fertility Foods mean and how the power of the food we eat can affect our health and wellness. Next, the book discusses each food group and provides a detailed report of what foods are the best to buy, their portion sizes, how to incorporate them into your weekly routine, and recipe recommendations that are found within the book. I loved this section because it gave me specific guidelines and examples, such as how a whole grain waffle can promote health, comfort, fiber, and energy. The chapter also helped clarify the dairy controversy in regards to fertility and it discussed other important micronutrients for fertility such as folate, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, and choline. The third chapter provides insight on stress-management (because this also plays a huge role in fertility and the ups and downs of the baby-making roller coaster) and other mind/body aspects. Overall, the first few chapters provided a fabulous layout to how food, nutrition, and our well-being can promote fertility.
The second part of the book has all the delicious, mouth-watering recipes. One of my favorites is the Baked Mediterranean Chicken Recipe, which I’m sharing with you today. You will find dishes in every category, such as Breakfast, Appetizers, Sandwiches, Snacks, Salads, Dressings, Soups, Entrees, Side Dishes, and Sweet Treats. These recipes will boost that fertile soul to the max.
The Fertility Foods Cookbook is a wonderful book to have even if you are not thinking of getting pregnant and just want to stay healthy and wholesome. With all the variety of veggies and whole grains, your health will be boosted to a whole new level. I’m a huge fan of this book. You can pre-order it on Amazon now. It’s officially released on October 31st, 2017.
Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN
- 1 can (12 ounces) no salt added diced tomatoes, liquids and solids
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- ⅓ rounded cup Kalamata olives, chopped (about 16 olives)
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 ¼ pound)
- ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Combine diced tomatoes, garlic, oregano, and olives in a mixing bowl and set aside.
- Coat a 9x13-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place chicken breasts evenly in the bottom of the baking dish. Spoon the tomato mixture evenly over the chicken breasts, then sprinkle with feta cheese.
- Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and internal temperature reaches 165°F. Serve immediately.