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This weekend is the Super Bowl!

That means 3 things: football, parties and food.

The Super Bowl is one the most-watched television events of the year. Even those who aren’t football fans and maybe haven’t even watched a football game all year always show up for Super Bowl parties. There’s even been talk in the past of some employers giving their employees the day off on the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday, since so many people take the day off anyway.

We love to indulge during the Super Bowl. Sometimes the food is more exciting than the football game!  And when you don’t have a dog in the fight like I don’t this year (don’t tell my Patriots-loving husband that!), the day is about the food more than anything else.

Here’s a healthy, easy-to-make, fertility-friendly snack that you can take to your Super Bowl party this weekend that will be a great alternative to all the chili con queso.  I won’t be heading to any Super Bowl parties this year, but I’m sending my husband to a party with this snack and I’m keeping some of it at home for myself so I get to indulge too.

This simple bean dip is a nice twist on traditional hummus and loaded with foods that are beneficial for our fertility. So you can enjoy the big game and boost your fertility too.

White Bean, Garlic and Kale Hummus

Ingredients:
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed (any kind of white beans will do, I prefer cannellini beans)
  • 2 kale leaves, chopped and with center stems removed
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp water
Directions:

Wrap garlic cloves, skin on, in aluminum foil. Seal and roast in 400-degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove, open foil and let cool.

In a food processor, add the roasted garlic, beans, kale, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, water and salt. Puree until smooth. Add more olive oil or water gradually until hummus reaches desired consistency.

When ready to serve, drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with paprika. You can also add pine nuts if you want for a nice touch. Serve with sliced veggies – cucumber, peppers, carrots, celery – or pita bread.

 

In addition to loving hummus and anything that even resembles hummus,  I adore lots of things about this dip. First and foremost, anything that gives me another way to get leafy greens scores a touchdown in my book.

Leafy greens, as I’ve written before, are fertility powerhouse foods.  They’re rich in folate, calcium, Vitamins A, C and K, and iron, all of which help regulate hormone levels and ovulation, and support follicular development. Kale also helps reduce inflammation in the body.

The cannellini beans give the dip a great texture and smooth flavor. Beans are also a fantastic source of protein, and studies have shown that women who get their protein from plant-based sources have an easier time conceiving than those who rely primarily on animal protein.

Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds and olive oil, both of which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which is shown to help improve cell quality, including egg and sperm cells. Olive oil also is a great source of Vitamin E, which is also found in the follicular fluid where our eggs grow and mature.

Finally, the lemon juice gives a Vitamin C and antioxidant boost.

So the final score — 

Fertility: 5 Infertility: 0

 

To your fertility,

Stephanie xo

[originally appeared at B Fit, B Fertile on 2/2/17]

 

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