Recipe for Men
Ignoring the double entendre of this blog title, I endeavour to move forward in Movember fashion with a simple but powerful recipe. For men. A food recipe that is good for men’s reproductive health, to be clear, not a list of ingredients that make a man; everyone knows they’re made of puppy-dog’s tails.
One thing I hear consistently from my patients, especially on the topic of diet, is the need for time-saving recipes and habits. For me, this means premade, simple, healthful snacks that can be transported and eaten anywhere. So, because you are busy, here is a recipe for you to put on the menu, containing the most nourishing seeds and nuts for your reproductive health.
One cup of dates
¼ cup each of crunchy peanut butter and honey. You can also sub in almond butter
A random mix of the following ingredients, as long as they add up to 1 ½ cups total. Raw pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts.
1 cup of rolled oats. Optional: lightly toast them first for added flavour and texture.
First, pulse the dates in a food processor until they form a soft dough. Then, put the dates along with the seeds, nuts and oats into a large mixing bowl. Set this aside. Warm the honey and peanut butter together gently in a saucepan until just warmed through and uniform. Pour this into the mixing bowl and stir everything together with a wooden spoon until thoroughly blended. It should form a gooey but uniform ball. Then, press this “dough” into a parchment-lined baking sheet until it’s flat and approximately 2 centimeters thick. Put this baking sheet into the freezer. Once it has set, cut into equal sized bars. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for several days, or the freezer for longer.
These homemade granola bars make an excellent snack or breakfast while also being conveniently filled with many of the nutrients necessary for the production of healthy sperm. For example, zinc and selenium, as well as the fats and fibre necessary for whole body health and fertility.