Nutrition plays an important role in our overall health, so it’s no surprise that what we eat can be key for our sexual and reproductive health. Read on to learn how to support your reproductive health and explore recipes that will bring fun and togetherness in the kitchen.
Week 1: Foods for Reproductive Health
Some of the key micronutrients for reproductive health include iron, folate, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B121, antioxidants, zinc, and selenium2.
Here are some tips and recipes to support overall reproductive health:
- General guidelines for female nutrition by the Dietitians of Canada
- Mixed bean and quinoa salad by Pulses
- Fast fish and veggie packets by Cookspiration
- Find out which foods are rich in zinc and rich in selenium by the Dietitians of Canada
- Wild rice and pumpkin seed pilaf by Berkeley Wellness
Week 2: Eating for Energy
For optimal sexual and reproductive function, we need to get enough energy from what we eat and how much we rest. When it comes to food, maintaining energy is all about avoiding drastic fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Let’s look at ways to fuel your body with nutrients that sustain energy.
- Seven eating for energy tips by Workhealthlife (Note: Please enter “University of British Columbia” as your organization)
- Eating to boost energy by Harvard Health Publishing
- Four ways to boost your energy with breakfast ideas by Harvard Health Publishing
- This energy ball recipe by Cookspiration contains nuts, dried fruits, cinnamon, and a hint of Canadian sweetness. They’re perfect as a snack any time you could use a burst of energy.
Week 3: Celebrating Food and Lightening the Mood
Cooking doesn’t have to feel like just another chore around the house. Take a look at some suggestions to enjoy cooking with a partner, and not worry too much about the end product being perfect. As long as it tastes good, right?
- Huffington Post’s five tips for having fun in the kitchen
- Check out Thug Kitchen recipes to lighten up the mood in the kitchen
Week 4: Cooking and Togetherness
- Try cooking with a significant other with one of these romantic recipes by Kitchn
- These romantic dinner recipes by EatingWell are sure to impress! Or try out vegetarian dinner recipes by Gourmandelle.
- What’s for dessert? I hope you like chocolate! Try blueberry and dark chocolate bread pudding by Cookspiration and avocado chocolate mousse by Cook for your Life.
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