Your Summer Shopping Guide: Ten Tasty Ingredients To Help You Through Ovulation
Did you know that eating different foods during your cycle can affect the way you feel?
For example, take the ovulation stage, which is about two weeks before your period starts and lasts between one and two days. Your body is working at maximum capacity during this time! Your hormones levels are rising, and your basal body temperature is peaking, prepping your body to release an egg from the ovary.
Although you may be feeling flirty, fun and fabulous during ovulation, you’re more likely to suffer from the effects of high levels of oestrogen, including breast tenderness and spots. Yep, we know, everything has a downside!
When you’re ovulating, lots of fibre-rich foods, as well as fruit and veggies, will not only help keep your energy levels high, but help remove excess oestrogen.
With this in mind, we’ve put together ten delicious foods to help you feel your finest during ovulation, as well as some yummy summery recipes to try.
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Ten tasty treats to put on your summer shopping list
One of the original superfoods, quinoa is a super-healthy alternative to rice or couscous.
Carbs can make you feel sluggish when you ovulate, but as quinoa is gluten-free, you get to indulge in some carby delights without needing to take a nap.
Try this gorgeous cardamom and peach quinoa porridge for a summery breakfast treat!
Hands up if your parents told you to eat more fibre growing up! Fibre-rich veggies like sweetcorn are great during ovulation as they help regulate oestrogen more efficiently.
For a light summer meal, give these crispy sweetcorn fritters a try. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and incredibly easy to make!
One of the things we love most about summer is the delicious fruit you can buy from your local market! Mango is at its finest in the summer months, and as it is full of vitamins, minerals and fibre, it’s perfect for when you are ovulating.
If you’re looking for a fab meal to share with friends, this green chicken with mango salsa is an absolute showstopper! The spicy chicken is complemented perfectly by the sweet salsa.
Dark leafy greens like spinach are rich in iron, which can help improve your blood flow and make ovulation easier. Plus… added bonus… they can supercharge your libido too! Woohoo!
Add spinach to your morning smoothie for an extra boost or alternatively, give this spanakopita a try. It’s full of flaky pastry, creamy feta cheese and smooth spinach.
Tahini is a sesame seed paste commonly found in Middle Eastern cuisine. Sesame seeds contain compounds called phytoestrogens and lignans that can help improve ovulation pain.
The easiest way to get tahini into your diet? Hummus! Blend up a batch of fresh hummus and dunk in loads of crispy veggies and toasted pitta bread.
6. Almond butter
Move over peanut butter; there’s a new nut butter in town! Almond butter is chock-full of vitamins and minerals that will give your reproductive system the care and attention it needs while you ovulate.
Almond butter is great on toast,§ or if you’re like us, just eat it straight from the jar (we don’t judge here!) Alternatively, try drizzling this divine satay sauce on noodles, rice and salads.
Like almond butter, nuts are a fantastic thing to nibble on during ovulation. Healthy fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants… what’s not to like?!
For a delicious summer dinnertime treat, why not try making pesto with pecans instead of pine nuts? Just add a spoonful to some fresh pasta for a simple but fancy meal. Plus, it freezes well too.
Wimbledon, Pimm’s on the lawn and pick your own farms… summer isn’t summer without a strawberry or two! The vitamins and antioxidants in strawberries are great for boosting your mood and keeping your energy levels up during ovulation.
Ditch the store-bought stuff and make some strawberry sorbet this summer. It’s dead simple to make, and you can mix it up by adding your own combination of fruits.
9. Bell pepper
Whether red, green, orange or yellow, the humble bell pepper is full of vitamin C, which can regulate ovulation and encourage iron absorption.
You can’t go wrong with roasted peppers in the summer. Soft and sweet, they go with everything from pasta to meat. You can even whizz them up with some hummus or cream cheese for a tasty dip!
Did you know that cucumbers are 95% water? This makes them one of the best veggies to graze on during the summer! Like strawberries, they are full of vitamins and antioxidants (maybe that’s why they both go so well in Pimm’s?)
Stay cool as a cucumber with this stunning prawn and noodle salad. Healthy, zesty and light, it’s a perfect summer treat!