Ready for Cinco de Mayo?! If you are trying for a baby and are on a fertility diet, you don’t have to skip out on the fiesta or the “Oh – So – Yummy” Cinco de Mayo must haves. The simplistic, nutritious and fresh ingredients found in many Mexican recipes including beans, wild rice, avocados, and tomatoes are actually packed with nutrients vital for conception, giving you some fertility help! Despite this, there are a few Cinco de Mayo recipe don’ts. However, there are healthy fertility swaps that can be made for those.
Delicious and Nutritious Ingredients
- Beans contain protein, folic acid, iron, calcium, and vitamin C.
- Wild Rice contains fiber, folate, and omega 3 fatty acids.
- Avocados are a great source of essential fatty acids, fiber, folic acid, vitamins C, B6, E and K.
- Salsa has vitamin C and antioxidant lycopene which can aid in male fertility.
- Chili Powder contains folic acid, calcium and vitamins A and C.
- Swap sour cream with plain unsweetened Greek yogurt for a lower amount of bad cholesterol, LDL.
- Replace half of your serving size of taco meat with mushrooms and lentils for selenium, folate and fiber. You can have some of the yummy taco meat but add more nutrients that can help you with your family building goals.
- Mixed drinks minus the alcohol – It is recommended to avoid drinking alcohol while trying. However, many mixed alcoholic beverages served at Cinco de Mayo gatherings taste great without the alcohol. Add some fruit juice if there isn’t already. You can still sip on a tasty drink treat, but swapped for a healthier, non-alcoholic version while TTC. To find out why it isn’t recommended to drink while trying for a baby and for additional nutrition tips to conceive click here.
- Salsa and guacamole hybrid
Chop up a couple cups of small, diced tomatoes, onions and jalapeno peppers and mix them in with pureed avocado and cilantro. Then, add in a squeeze of lime juice and a pinch of salt for extra flavor.
- Salsa and bean dip hybrid
Mix up black beans, garbanzo beans, cumin, cilantro and chopped onion to make a bean dip/salsa hybrid
- DIY Tortilla chips Start out with corn tortillas (about 50 calories apiece and, unlike the flour version, made from whole grain) and use kitchen shears or a pizza cutter to form them into chip shapes. Mist with a light cooking spray, like coconut oil or safflower oil, and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for five to six minutes. You can also season them with spices to make flavored chips.