Many people assume that eating vegan while trying to conceive can make it even more challenging, or will not provide sufficient nutrients for the mom-to-be. A quick online search will show that if you are trying to conceive, the best foods to eat are animal proteins, particularly beef, and full-fat dairy products. This common belief comes from the idea that these are the only foods that are rich in the nutrients needed for increased health and fertility. But one study shows that fertility in both women and men is supported by a diet that is powered by plant-based foods.
The study found that a woman’s diet could negatively affect ovulation when carbohydrates were replaced with animal protein. But when carbohydrates were replaced with vegetable protein and monounsaturated fats were chosen over trans fats, ovulation showed a “protective effect.” For men, consuming lower amounts of proteins and fats along with higher amounts of carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables showed an improvement in fertility and semen quality.
Benefitting both men and women’s fertility, we have chosen nine vegan recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Feel free to explore the different meals, add your favorite side dish, or change out an ingredient for something else more satisfying as you prepare your body for pregnancy.