Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
This is a ‘nutritious and Delicious’ fertility friendly dish – perfect with some sweet potato mash and your favourite vegetables or a big summer salad.
Chicken- is a healthy lean meat and besides being an excellent source of protein, chicken also contains a special amino acid, L-carnitine, which is necessary for sperm cells to function normally. L-carnitine was found in studies, to assist in normalizing sperm motility, which is a crucial component to male fertility. Chicken contains all of the B vitamins which help the body form red blood cells and also produce energy and a healthy nervous system. Folate (vitamin B9) is important in the prevention of neural tube defects in the developing foetus. Chicken is also high in zinc, iron, potassium and phosphorus, all important to health and fertility.
Apricots- are a great source of beta carotene, vitamin C and E, fibre, magnesium, folate, potassium and iron too. They are also high in the antioxidant vitamin C which is important in the prevention of free radical damage to the egg and sperm cells and their DNA. In studies it has been found to help improve sperm quality and motility and help prevent agglutination of sperm.
Chicken in A Homemade BBQ sauce with Fresh Apricots
1 free range or organic chicken
2 large tablespoons of honey
2 level tablespoons of English mustard
2 tablespoons of Worcester sauce
1/2 teaspoon of chilli (optional)
8 fresh apricots (destoned and halved)
Coat the chicken with the butter and then make the sauce by combining 2 large tablespoons of honey, 2 level tablespoons of English mustard, 2 tablespoons of Worcester sauce with 8 tablespoons of vinegar along with 1/2 teaspoon of chilli (optional). Mix all of the sauce ingredients together and pour over the chicken. Sprinkle some fresh chopped oregano over the top. Place into a preheated oven at 180 degrees until cooked (and the juices run clear – roughly after 1 hour 30 minutes for a medium chicken). Add the apricots 15 minutes before removing the chicken from the oven.
Delicious with some sweet potato mash and your favourites vegetables or salad.