From canapésto advent calendars – we love a bit of festive food here at ExSeed HQ. But eating at Christmas time isn’t always the most friendliest for your fertility. But getting stuck into a festive recipe feast doesn’t have to interfere with your preconception plan.
Our Favourite Festive Recipes
From dark chocolate gingerbread mousse to turmeric prawn starters, if you’re looking for inspiration for sperm-friendly festive recipes, look no further!
OK, a smoothie might not be the most festive drink you can think of, but why not take inspiration from your cranberry sauce and have a cranberry smoothie on Christmas morning? Cranberries are full of antioxidants which can help protect sperm from cellular damage and keep them strong and speedy. This recipe comes with antioxidant-rich blueberries too for an extra sperm-friendly boost!
If you’re looking for a healthier canape option that’s fertility-friendly, swap your vol-au-vents and your brie parcels for a stuffed mushroom. Mushrooms are great for sperm health as they’re high in protein and folate, as well as selenium and vitamin D, which are also beneficial to fertility and overall health. If you want to give your baby-making some extra mushroom magic, why not add in Cordyceps, which are known aphrodisiacs, sometimes known as ‘Himalayan Viagra’?
Your swimmers love seafood and prawns are a great thing to add to your fertility meal plan as they are rich in choline, selenium, and iodine as well as lean protein. This recipe is the perfect holiday season starter to impress guests, without derailing your preconception plan. We also love that it comes with a turmeric pickle – turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory spice that could help to improve sperm count, concentration and motility.
Speaking of seafood – have you ever considered swapping your Turkey for some oily fish? Now we probably wouldn’t advise making herring or anchovies as your Christmas Day centrepiece – this confit of salmon would go down a treat! Oily fish is one of the best things you can eat for male fertility as they are an amazing source of Omega-3 fatty acids. These compounds are not only great for reducing oxidative stress but can help to improve overall sperm quality.
When it comes to sides, the humble broccoli is an incredible source of folate, which is important for both male and female fertility. But as it’s Christmas, why not jazz it up a bit and go for the purple sprouting variety? Vegetables with a purple or blue tint to them are good sources of Anthocyanins – a unique and powerful group of antioxidants! This festive recipe also contains almonds and we all know that nuts are great for your nuts. Almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts are packed with nutrients that are known to support sperm health — such as omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and antioxidants like vitamin E, zinc, and selenium.
The song may talk about roasting chestnuts on an open fire, but we prefer ours in this delicious warm Winter salad recipe. Chestnuts are a primary source of the natural anti-inflammatory Aescin. Studies have shown that men struggling with fertility issues saw an improvement in sperm density, sperm motility, and sperm quality when taking aescin regularly, so eating chestnuts could support your swimmers too!
Christmas Dinner wouldn’t be Christmas Dinner without Brussels sprouts – but how do you serve yours? This year we’ll be trying this new festive recipe that comes with a fertility-boosting triple threat.
Brussel sprouts themselves are great sources of folate, a B vitamin linked to healthy sperm DNA and higher sperm densities. But then you add in the Pumpkin Seeds (an amazing source of zinc, one of the most important nutrients for male fertility) and the figs (one of nature’s aphrodisiacs that can support testosterone production!) and you’ve got yourself a sperm health superfood sprout dish!
For another side dish bursting with folate, try this garlicky kale recipe. Kale gets a bad reputation but when cooked in the right way it’s delicious – and we love combining it with other green superfoods – like peas. Garlic itself is another helpful ingredient when trying to support your sperm health as it’s rich in allicin and selenium. Allicin improves blood circulation which not only supports sperm production but also helps with healthy erections!
Sugary desserts are usually an enemy of sperm health – and we wouldn’t recommend overdoing it – but this Christmas dessert recipe caught our eye for several reasons. Firstly it features dark chocolate which is known for its antioxidant properties. Secondly, aside from the chocolate, there’s no added sugar, so it will be much better for you than a shop-bought dessert. Thirdly, it contains ginger which has been proven to improve sperm health parameters. And fourthly – well it just looks really delicious!