Eating healthy sometimes seems like so much work. It’s good to be aware of its proven possibility to increase fertility as your body has the right energy and nutrients available to start sustaining life if it happens. And often a healthy meal can be delicious! The following recipe contains green beans, which are high in folate that is essential in the early days after conception for neural development, as well as antioxidants, which have been shown to increase male fertility.
Spicy Green Beans – serves 4
What You’ll Need:
12 ounces green beans*
1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon light or dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 shallot, peeled and minced
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon Asian red chili paste or ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
How You’ll Make It:
1. Trim the ends of the beans and cut them into 2-inch (51 mm) lengths. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the beans and cook just until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain well. In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until fragrant but not browned, about 45 seconds. Add the chili paste and the green beans and stir until the beans are heated through and well coated, about 2 minutes. Add the soy sauce mixture and cook until the liquid reduces slightly and the beans are tender, about 1 minute longer.
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Dr. Melanie Ochalski
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