This week’s nutrition for fertility recipe comes just in time for the long 4th of July weekend, and is a perfect summer dish. In Chinese medicine, peaches are considered a yang, or warm, food that represents the energy responsible for warming and activating the body.
Cold foods chill the body, which causes body temperature to drop and circulation to slow. The heart must then work harder to boost circulation and maintain optimal body temperature, consuming the vital energy that is needed for conception, particularly in the pelvic area. This can adversely affect blood circulation to the ovaries and uterus, as well as, cause a reduction in nutrient uptake within this region. Cold foods may also create dampness within the body, which then manifests as mucus, impacting the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. This is why it is important to eat warm foods, which nourish and support the body, promoting a healthy environment within the body for conception.
Peaches are a particularly valuable food for fertility, especially if they are warmed up. Orange foods such as peaches contain beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A and in turn helps produce the female sex hormones important for ovulation. Chinese medicine believes that peaches are extremely helpful to rid the body of pain that arises from stagnation; this is why peaches are helpful in reducing menstrual cramp pain as well as improving circulation. Because peaches are warming in nature, and able to promote normal blood circulation, they are able to help eliminate toxins within the blood. The ability of peaches to help clear toxins and improve circulation around the lower abdomen area means that they may also help to reduce the occurrence of uterine endometriosis or the onset of uterine fibroids. Peaches are also a great source of fiber, which benefits the intestinal tract and promotes healthy bowel movements.
List of Ingredients
- Fresh Organic Peaches, Halved And Pitted
- Pure Maple Syrup (Grade B)
- Ghee, for Grilling
- Pecans, Chopped
- Organic Greek Yogurt
- Brush each side of the peach halves with maple syrup
- Prepare the grill or grill pan by heating ghee on low heat
- Place the peaches cut side down onto the grill or grill pan, cooking them slowly on low heat for a few minutes. Rotate the peaches halfway through cooking.
- Make sure the cooking temperature is low enough so the maple syrup will not burn. Once peaches have a nice grill mark, remove and slice them.
- Spoon Greek yogurt into a small dish, add the slices of grilled peaches over the top, sprinkle with pecans and drizzle on maple syrup.