2019, the year of the zucchini! (and what this means for your fertility)
Just like clothes, health fades change every year. And while I’m usually about 5 years behind when it comes to fashion (high waisted jeans!!! Omg what took me so long?!), food, I usually see the fad a mile away.
Looking back, 2015-16 were definitely kale and coconut oil years (kale chips, kale smoothies, kale salads).
2017-18 were the years for cauliflower (cauliflower rice, cauliflower mash, roasted cauliflower) and grass fed butter (ie. bullet proof coffee).
So what’s my unsolicited prediction for 2019? Well, zucchini and avocado oil of course!
While most diet fads don’t do half of what they claim, getting more zucchini and avocado in your diet is just fine with me from a fertility perspective and here’s why.
Let’s start with Zucchini.
Here are the benefits:
1. Low carb: Obviously, this will be the primary draw for most people. Whether you have PCOS, need to loose a little weight to improve your IVF chances, or are just trying to reduce the number of carbs/grains you consume, zucchini is proving to be a versatile substitute.
2. Nutrient dense: Move over oranges, Zucchini is a great source of vitamin c! It’s also high in other essential nutrients like vit A, potassium and manganese.
How to eat more of it:
Zucchini is a great substitute for spaghetti, or lasagna noodles. I have just discovered that it makes a mean chip too!
The other benefit when trying to add more in your diet is that it can be shredded and added to soups, stews and baked goods to become almost imperceptible to those less keen to its texture.
So, by now most of us have heard about the benefits of eating avocados. Studies have linked people who consume avocados regularly with lower risk of conditions like, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high triglyceride levels and obesity. It was also a key food in the Mediterranean diet that proved to improve fertility. It is also rich in riboflavin, thiamin and Vit A.
What makes avocado oil so great is that, unlike the other healthy omega oils, such as flax seed oil and olive oil, it can be used for cooking. The smoke point of avocado oil is higher than olive and flax seed, making it a more stable and therefore healthier option for cooking. With a mild flavour, it also lends itself well to most recipes without any overpowering additional flavours.
So if you make any little additions or changes to your diet this year…maybe zucchini and avocado oil can be them. Then when everyone else starts raving about the benefits, you can tell them that you’ve known about it for ages ;)