Saturday, January 30, 2016

Lemon Buckwheat-Vegetable Soup -- Great TTC Recipe!


This installment of the Simple Saturday Project is actually a recipe. I know what you're thinking -- buckwheat?! Before you totally rule this one out, read below the recipe to see why buckwheat is an excellent TTC food for both women and men.


Ingredients:
Olive oil
1 carrot, diced1 celery stalk, diced1 small onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt6 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth1 small yellow summer squash, diced1/4 cup buckwheat, rinsed and drained2 wide strips of lemon rind (removed with a vegetable peeler)

1/2 lemonFreshly ground black pepper
Optional: Grated parmesan cheese

1. In a large stockpot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add carrot, celery, onion and salt, cook for 5 minutes.
2. Stir in the broth, yellow squash, barley, and lemon rind strips. Carefully squeeze the 1/2 lemon into the pot, while being careful to keep the seeds from falling in. Bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, until the vegetables and barley are tender (about 20 minutes). Discard the lemon rind and season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with parmesan cheese once served into individual bowls, if desired.
3. Enjoy! We both gave this recipe a big thumbs up.


Why Buckwheat?
Packed with B vitamins, it is an ideal food to support fertility and energy levels. It is a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, and folate. It also helps to naturally lower blood sugar. Due to all the amino acids it has, it helps with blood flow and can assist with implantation. It is not only good for TTC, but also a great option for the first few weeks of pregnancy when you should be boosting folate intake to support that growing spinal cord and brain. Since it is also an energy-booster, it is also great to combat that early pregnancy fatigue. 







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